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Constantine Maroulis Confirmed to Join Wedding Singer Cast

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Constantine Maroulis, the "American Idol" finalist also known for his turn as Roger in a non-Equity tour of Rent, has been confirmed to join The Wedding Singer.  He will join the cast on September 8th for an eight-week run.

Maroulis will succeed Matthew Saldivar in the role of Sammy, the best friend of the title character.

Maroulis was a finalist during the 2005 season of "American Idol."  In addition to the Rent tour, he has worked in theatre as a performer (he is featured on the cast recording of the musical Suburban Dreams) and a director's apprentice (at the Williamstown Theatre Festival).  He was also formerly the frontman for the band Pray for the Soul of Betty.

In addition to Saldivar, the show currently stars Stephen Lynch, Felicia Finley, Amy Spanger, Richard Blake, Kevin Cahoon, Rita GardnerTina Maddigan is currently filling in for Laura Benanti, who is on medical leave.

Directed by John Rando and choreographed by Rob Ashford, The Wedding Singer features original music by Matthew Sklar, book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy and lyrics by Beguelin.

"In this original musical, rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, the ultimate master of ceremonies, the unlikely hero of every party and a true believer in the power of love ­ until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie becomes a newlywed's worst nightmare ­ a wedding singer bent on destroying other people's weddings. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection and helps Robbie pick up the pieces of his broken heart. The only hitch is that Julia is set to marry a Wall Street shark. Unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a lifetime, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever," state press notes on the musical, which is based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

The Wedding Singer opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 27th after beginning previews on March 30th.

The set design for The Wedding Singer is by Scott Pask; the costume design is by Gregory Gale; the lighting design is by Brian MacDevitt; the sound design is by Peter Hylenski; the hair design is by David Brian Brown; the make-up design is by Joe Dulude II. Orchestrations are by Irwin Fisch; the music director is James Sampliner.

For tickets and more information about The Wedding Singer, visit www.theweddingsingerthemusical.com.


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