It was way back in August 2004 when Constantine Maroulis made headlines for his stint on American Idol, but he’s gone a long way since then.  For this year’s Tony Awards, the musician has been nominated in the category Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical due to his work on Rock of Ages.  It’s certainly a major honor for him, since he was unable to win the fourth season of the FOX reality competition.

“It’s very significant to me,” Maroulis said on an interview with Playbill.  “I grew up as an actor.”

He discussed his experiences during the recent reception for the Tony nominees, explaining how he got into the performing arts.  Constantine Maroulis is slowly being recognized for his work on the stage, namely for his roles on musicals like Rent and The Wedding Singer.

“I grew up watching the theatre, and participating and doing theatre as a kid,” the American Idol 4 sixth-placer revealed.  “You watched the Tonys and the big stars and all those legendary shows. Especially in my era of the 1980’s, I grew up with so many big ones, Cats, Les Miz and Phantom, and all the great plays.”

Constantine Maroulis recently worked on the musical Rock of Ages, which features the music of several rock legends during the 1980s.  His role is that of Drew Bowie, a wannabe rock star.  It originally opened at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages last fall and took on the atmosphere of an actual rock concert for its Broadway run.  It’s this unique new vision that led the musician-actor to believe that the stage industry is really going places.

“I think it’s an incredible year for the theatre,” confessed Maroulis.  “[There are] so many big stars, great shows, classics, interesting new works and against-the-grain type of unorthodox shows like ours.  You know, you have Bon Jovi, Styx and Twisted Sister on Broadway, and we’re having a lot of fun!”

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Zap2it, Playbill News
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Maria Gonzalez

Staff Writer, BuddyTV