Monday, May 20, 2013
Most people playing pinball simultaneously: Stratford Festival breaks Guinness world record
TORONTO, ON, Canada -- One hundred "pinball wizards" took over First Canadian Place in Toronto during The Stratford Festival; the participants synchronically launched their silver balls and played one complete game as hundreds of onlookers cheered from the sidelines, setting the new world record for the Most people playing pinball simultaneously,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Pinball fans gather at First Canadian Place in Toronto to help the Stratford Festival set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for most people playing pinball simultaneously. Photo: Stratford Festival of Canada (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the most people playing pinball simultaneously was 100, achieved by Stratford Festival (Canada) at First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest pinball marathon; it lasted 28 hours and was achieved by Alessandro Parisi (Australia) at the Westland Shopping Centre in Whyalla, Australia.
"Tommy is the biggest musical we have ever mounted in Stratford," says Executive Director Anita Gaffney, "and what better way to celebrate it than by throwing a larger-than-life pinball tournament that would impress even Tommy, the pinball wizard himself.
"It was very rewarding to see so many people come out in support of this event. Whether they came to play pinball, to catch a sneak peek at our sensational production or just to be a part of history, it was a fun opportunity to showcase our theatre to a wider audience."
Based on The Who's 1969 concept album of the same name, Tommy tells the story of a young man who, despite having lost the faculties of speech, sight and hearing, becomes a pinball virtuoso - and the centre of a celebrity cult.
In a new production helmed by its original Tony Award-winning director, Des McAnuff (who co-wrote the show with The Who's Pete Townshend), the explosive rock opera features such unforgettable hits as "Pinball Wizard," "See Me, Feel Me," "Acid Queen" and "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Tommy is sponsored by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Production support is generously provided by Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner and by the Ontario government.
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