Constantine Maroulis Returning to “Rock of Ages”

Returning to His “Rock” Roots

Rock of Ages Broadway Musical celebrates RocktoberfestConstantine Maroulis, who originated the role of the protagonist Drew in the Broadway production of Rock of Ages, has returned to the role for a limited 12 week engagement. Maroulis first sang the part onstage in October 2008, when the show had its New York premiere in an Off-Broadway production at New World Stages. When the show transferred to Broadway in March 2009, Maroulis went with it. At the time, he had been on Broadway once before, as a two-month replacement in fall 2006 as Sammy in The Wedding Singer musical. For his role in Rock of Ages, Maroulis was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He then set out on the show’s national tour, in September 2010, traveling to sixty venues including Washington D.C. Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. On August 4, 2014, Constantine returned to the Helen Hayes Theatre where he will reprise his role for 12 weeks.

From “American Idol” to “Jekyll and Hyde”

MaroConstantine Maroulis stars in the Jekyll & Hyde Tourulis first entered the national consciousness in 2004, when he made it to the final six contestants on the fourth season of

American Idol. As earlier seasons of Idol made an even bigger difference in the careers of contestants than later seasons, Maroulis saw a significant boost from this success. He launched a solo career in 2005, and amongst other performances, he premiered a New York show called “A Night at the Rock Show” in September 2009. Other stage credits include the Off-Broadway shows Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He also played the role of Roger in the National Tour of Rent. His third and thus far only other Broadway credit began in April 2013, when he played the lead role of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde in Jekyll and Hyde. Prior to this Broadway run, he traveled with the show for a 25 week National Tour.

“Rock of Ages” Continues to Rock

Though Constantine has been pursuing other endeavors since he completed the Rock of Ages national tour in July 2011, the show has been alive and well. With a book by Chris D’Arienzo and featuring a jukebox of classic 1980s rock hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Here I Go Again,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” it has been playing to continuously appreciative houses at the Helen Hayes Theatre ever since. Furthermore, a fairly successful film was released in 2012 starring Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Cruise, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and Diego Boneta in the role of Drew. The show will surely get a boost from Constantine’s return, but perhaps he is pursuing this opportunity for his own interest as much as because it will benefit the show. After all, he has a long way before his name is box office gold, although he has seen great success in his three Broadway outings. In any case, he is surely a face to watch on Broadway, and his voice will continue to soar to amazing heights.

Jekyll & Hyde Prematurely Ends Broadway Run Today

Jekyll & Hyde Broadway ShowToday the revival of the musical Jekyll & Hyde, originally scheduled to run until June 30, concludes its Broadway run early. The production closes at the Marquis Theatre having played just 15 preview performances and 30 regular performances.

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s story “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, the musical starred Constantine Maroulis as the split personality title character. Deborah Cox co-starred and direction and choreography was provided by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies).

Jekyll & Hyde originally opened on Broadway in 1997 and enjoyed a run that went through 2001. The score by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse features many well-known songs, including “This Is the Moment,” “Bring On the Men,” “In His Eyes,” “Take Me As I Am,” and “Someone Like You”.

Frank Wildhorn has created six original Broadway musicals in about 15 years, which have all met with poor critical review. This re-incarnation of Jekyll & Hyde at the Marquis Theater was directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun met the same critical fate, but unlike its predessor (that opened in 1997 and closed in 2001 and had over 1500 performances) it received poor critical review and poor box office ticket sales.The “Jekkies” that the previous run had spawned had either grown up or moved on as they were noticeably absent this time around. The 1997 version failed to recoup even after 1500 performances, sadly, this revival will not have the chance to build that kind of following and become a successful Broadway financial failure.

New Jekyll & Hyde Tour Will Land on Broadway in 2013

Constantine Maroulis

It used to be that Broadway productions launched tours, but now the Great White Way is serving as a landing pad as well.  Recent examples include Hair and Fela!, which had successful Broadway productions, went out on tour, and then returned to Broadway for limited engagements.  Bring It On, now playing at the St. James Theatre, toured before landing on Broadway in a production that has already extended due to ticket demand.

The latest to follow this trend is Jekyll & Hyde, which is currently mounting a national tour starring former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages).  The tour begins previews in La Mirada, California in September before going on to stops all across the country.  Jekyll & Hyde will finally make its way to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in April 2013.

This production will be a Broadway revival for Jekyll & Hyde, which was originally produced on Broadway — with Robert Cuccioli in the title role(s) — in 1997 and ran until 2001.  Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story, the musical has a book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frank Wildhorn, and features one of modern musical theater’s most well-known songs, “This Is the Moment”.