Chris D’Arienzo, James Carpinello & Adam Dannheisser Chat 'Rock of Ages'


Recently Rock of Ages creator Chris D’Arienzo and original cast members James Carpinello and Adam Dannheisser joined iHeartRadio Broadway's SJ Arnegger to talk about the legacy of Rock of Ages, creating their roles and the upcoming virtual Rock of Ages: All-Star Reunion Concert. Tony-nominated Broadway Producers Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, and Joan Grande with Diamond Dog Entertainment are thrilled to announced a few weeks ago that an all-star cast will gather for this one-night only, bi-coastal livestream jamfest Rock of Ages: All-Star Reunion Concert on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 8:00PM ET, available exclusively on the premium streaming platform Stellar. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. Ticket purchasers will have the option of watching the concert live and/or on demand for an additional 24 hours.

Conceived and written by Chris D’Arienzo, who also co-directs with Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages: All-Star Reunion Concert will feature live performances of the greatest hits of the 1980s, like you’ve never heard them before – blasting worldwide right off the legendary Sunset Strip itself, from the Rock of Ages Hollywood stage at The Bourbon Room, with special surprise performances from New York City. The night will be tailormade for audiences yearning to stream at the top of their lungs – whether a long-time fan, or someone just lookin’ for “nuthin’ but a good time” to break up a year of zoom meetings. In-home pyro kits sold separately (…by Walmart).

The concert features a “supergroup” of Rock of Ages stars from across the globe including Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis (Original Off-Broadway, Broadway, & First National Tour cast; “American Idol”), Tony Award Nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Original L.A. cast;, Legally Blonde: The Musical, “Anger Management”), Grammy Award-winning “Tenacious D” musician Kyle Gass (Original L.A. production); Emmy Award-winning comedian and television host Chris Hardwick (Original L.A. production; @midnight; The Talking Dead); TV & Broadway star Frankie Grande (Broadway & Hollywood cast; “Big Brother”), TV star & recording artist Willam (Original LA cast; “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”), film star & comedian Dan Finnerty (Original LA cast; Old School, The Hangover), Emmy Award Nominee Dot-Marie Jones (10th Anniversary Production; “Glee”); TV & stage star Tom Lenk (Broadway cast; Cabin in the Woods, “Transparent”), Broadway star James Snyder (Original LA cast; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Tony Nominee Kerry Butler (Broadway cast; Beetlejuice, Mean Girls), Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star Kate Rockwell (Broadway cast; Mean Girls); Helen Hayes Award winner Mitchell Jarvis (Original Off-Broadway and Broadway cast; Gettin the Band Back Together); James Carpinello (Original Broadway cast, “Gotham”, “The Blacklist”), Amy Spanger (Original Broadway cast; Chicago, Kiss Me Kate), Adam Dannheisser (Original Off-Broadway & Broadway cast; Beetlejuice, Fiddler on the Roof), Michele Mais (Original L.A., Off-Broadway & Broadway cast), Lauren Molina (Original Broadway cast; “The Skivvies,” Desperate Measures), Andre Ward (Original Off-Broadway & Broadway cast; The Producers, Something Rotten), Wesley Taylor (Original Broadway cast; SpongeBob SquarePants) Becca Kötte (Las Vegas cast; Gettin’ The Band Back Together), Callandra Olivia (Rock of Ages Hollywood cast), Matt Wolpe (Hollywood & 10th Anniversary cast; Finding Neverland) and Regina LeVert (Hollywood cast; Frozen Live). Also making an appearance in the concert are Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who starred in the Broadway production of the musical, Rock of Ages book writer Chris D’Arienzo, and acclaimed musician Dave Gibbs who created the show’s original music arrangements.

Watch the full interview in the player above.