BWW Interviews: Constantine Maroulis, ROCK OF AGES' 'Drew'
If you know the name Constantine Maroulis, it is likely due to his stint on American Idol, but many of our readers may be surprised to know that this AI rocker is actually a classically trained and Tony Award nominated actor, with a number of successful shows on his resume. One of his most successful, Rock of Ages, makes its way to Atlanta at the Fabulous Fox Theatre July 5 – 10. Audiences who come out for this show presented by Theater of the Stars will have the chance to rock out to some of their favorite 80's hits from Styx, Journey, REO Speedwagon and more. I had the chance to talk with Constantine about the show, his theatrical career and what he learned on Idol that still helps him today.
Constantine, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me today. I am excited to hear about the show and I know our readers will be too. We are really looking forward to Rock of Ages in Atlanta!
Well thanks a lot, man. I love Atlanta. I got to tour through there with Rent and play The Fabulous Fox, so I am super excited to come back with the show. Rock of Ages has been a passion project of mine and to see it through on a successful tour after opening it in New York, it's been great for me.
Let's start by talking about theatre. I am sure many of our readers will know you from your time on American Idol, but I understand you are a classically trained actor. Tell us about your theatre experience?
I grew up in the theatre, and had a very supportive family. My brother and sister, they were into doing shows and music, high school musicals and stuff like that. It got me into it from a very young age. I just remember sitting around watching movie musicals with my family and that was a big deal for me. It was definitely something I wanted to do from a very young age, and I got involved pretty young as well. I just stuck with it and eventually started playing in garage bands and things, and that got me through to high school. In college, eventually I studied at the Boston Conservatory, a proper training program in musical theatre, and got my BFA there. There I was able to immerse myself in the whole field of the perfoming arts. From stagecraft to directing and classical works to voice and dance, really everything. It was huge for me and was a great place for me to hone my craft. When I moved back to New York after school I booked Rent, did that on the road for awhle and that led right into American Idol. Atlanta was actually my last stop with Rent, in the summer of 2004. I auditioned for American Idol a month or two later, and everything changed.
Is there anything you learned from your American Idol experience that has helped you on the stage?
Absolutely. Anytime you go through an experience like that it's huge for you as an actor and as a young artist. Growing up in the theatre was great and all, but nothing prepares you for the experience of American Idol and that training ground…going out there every week and having to perform. You are thrown into this great training ground, media-wise, how to deal with fans, how to prepare yourself as a performer, and really working around the clock. It was a great life experience for me and I apply those experiences to my work every night.