Constantine Maroulis Talks Tupac Shakur, Rap & Theatre

Constantine Maroulis Talks Tupac Shakur, Rap & Theatre

Constantine Maroulis Talks Tupac Shakur, Rap & TheatreAMERICAN IDOL standout and recognizable Tony Award-nominated performer Constantine Maroulis shares his views on the merging of rap and theatre amply evident in the new Broadway musical HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME as part of a new red carpet interview in honor of its recent opening.

Commenting on Tupac Shakur and his legacy in general, Maroulis shares, "I think Tupac really transcended well beyond just hip-hop - he was everything; I mean, an artist a poet, an actor, a creator...."

Maroulis adds, "I grew up on hip-hop - it was big in the suburbs; you know, the rivalry with Biggie Smalls and all of his cool films."

Furthermore, Maroulis shares of the merging of rap and theatre, "There's been some elements of it - from IN THE HEIGHTS and what-not; you know, a rap or two in this or that. This is probably our first effort into a full catalog for the storytelling being available for a story like this."

Maroulis concludes, "It seems pretty natural - it seems like a natural progression."

Check out the full interview with Constantine Maroulis here.


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