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Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!

Five-time Tony Award Nominated smash hit musical, ROCK OF AGES, along with US Air Guitar (the official air guitar association of the United States who is responsible for operating the US Air Guitar Championships) broke the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble immediately following the matinee performance yesterday, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street. BroadwwayWorld.com's headbangin' cameras were there to bring it all to you in our usual 'face melting' fashion!

The new record of 810 people included the matinee audience, fans, ROCK OF AGES cast & crew members and the 2007 US Air Guitar Champion William Ocean. The previous record, set in the UK, was 440 people.

In addition to Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis, ROCK OF AGES features James Carpinello, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler, Wesley Taylor, Ericka Hunter, Jeremy Jordan, Michael Minarik, Angel Reed, Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines, Katherine Tokarz, Andre Ward, Savannah Wise, Tad Wilson, and Jeremy Woodard. And rockin' in the on-stage band, ARSENAL, are Music Director/ keyboardist Henry Aronson, lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, drummer Jon Weber, bassist Winston Roye and guitar player David Gibbs, who also wrote the original arrangements. The Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp. The show is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.

US AIR GUITAR is the official air guitar association of the United States and is responsible for operating the US Air Guitar Championships, official Regional events and specialized championships such as the Online Competition. They are devoted to taking our nation's unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage. Founded in 2003, the US Air Guitar Championships have grown into a major national event that reaches more cities, fans and competitors every year. In a time when US political, economic, military and athletic dominance faces unprecedented challenges around the world, it is our belief that air guitar represents one endeavor our country can dominate without controversy. US Air Guitar is here to make this possible. US Air Guitar has an alliance with the Air Guitar World Championships and sends our US champions to Oulu, Finland to compete for the world title.

It's one thing to stand in front of the mirror and imitate a rock star. Andrew "william ocean" Litz found a way to make a career out of it. Since bursting onto the competitive air guitar circuit, he has won four regional titles (Chicago in 2005 and NYC in 2006, 2007 and 2009) and one National title in 2007 that earned him a trip to Finland to represent the United States and compete in the world.

Following an extremely successful off-Broadway run and a bidding war over the film rights (which New Line Cinema won), "ROCK OF AGES" opened on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre to rave reviews and audience adoration. The show is written by Chris D'Arienzo(writer and director of the upcoming film "Barry Munday"), directed by Kristin Hanggi ("Bare," "Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip") and choreographed by Kelly Devine ("Jersey Boys" - Associate Choreographer). Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations are by Ethan Popp ("Tarzan," "Europe: We Will Rock You," "Mamma Mia"), with original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows).

All tickets (including VIP Green Room and Premium Seats) can be purchased viaTicketmaster.com/ 212-307-4100 or in person at The Brooks Atkinson Box Office, 256 W. 47th Street.

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Rock of Ages at the Brooks Atkinson Theater

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
A packed house at the Brooks Atkinson

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Andrew 'William Ocean' Litz, the 2007 National Air Guitar Champion, schools the audience on the science of how to air rock

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The cast valiantly backs up the furious air guitar going on in front of them

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Two adjudicators from Guinness Book keep an eye on the crowd

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Tad Wilson and Jeremy Woodard

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Tad Wilson and Jeremy Woodard

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The boys play on as the adjudicator watches the audience

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Lauren Molina and Savannah Wise lead the cast

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Michele Mais and Constantine Maroulis

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Savannah Wise and Lauren Molina

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis and Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis and William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis and William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis and William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
William Ocean

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Savannah Wise, Lauren Molina, and Angel Reed

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The Cast of Rock of Ages

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Tad Wilson, Lauren Molina, Mitchell Jarvis, Jeremy Woodard, and Jeremy Jordan

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Michele Mais and Angel Reed

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Tad Wilson, Mitchell Jarvis, Jeremy Woodard, and Jeremy Jordan

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis signing autographs while waiting for the final word

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The emcee for the evening (and the show's webmaster) Jim Glaub with Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
A lucky audience member gets a kiss from Constantine Maroulis

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The finally tally is in...and the results are...

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The cast of Rock of Ages has taken the Guinness Book World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The adjudicators present the cast with the official plaque

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
The newly Guinness Book'd cast of Rock of Ages

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis

Photo Coverage: ROCK OF AGES Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble!
Constantine Maroulis

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com


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