"Don't Stop Believin'": Maroulis Extends Rock of Ages Run Into Summer 2010

News   "Don't Stop Believin'": Maroulis Extends Rock of Ages Run Into Summer 2010 Constantine Maroulis has extended his contract with the Tony-nominated eighties rock musical Rock of Ages through the summer of 2010.
Constantine Maroulis
Constantine Maroulis Photo by Joan Marcus

Maroulis, who originated the role of Drew in the Off-Broadway premiere of Rock of Ages, was initially contracted with the Broadway production through September. The actor was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for his performance.

"On behalf of all the producing team, we're so happy to have Constantine with us for another year to continue thrilling audiences with his incredible voice and earnest performance," said Rock of Ages producer Carl Levin in a statement.

"I am thrilled to be able to continue in my role in ROA," Maroulis added. "To be able to create a role on Broadway and get nominated for a Tony has been a dream come true. I want to thank the producers for all the support they have given me and this show."

Maroulis became a household name after becoming a finalist on the fourth season of "American Idol." He made his Broadway debut as a replacement in The Wedding Singer and followed in the Off-Broadway revival of Jacques Brel… Maroulis also appeared as Roger in the national tour of Rent. His albums include "Constantine," "Killer Queen" and "American Idol Showstoppers." A new solo album is forthcoming.

Rock of Ages premiered on Broadway March 17 and officially opened April 7 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Director Kristin Hanggi earned a 2009 Tony nomination for the eighties hits musical that is written by Chris D'Arienzo and features choreography by Kelly Devine and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. The Rock cast also features James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's "So NoTORIous") as Stacee Jaxx, Savannah Wise (Les Miserables) as Sherrie, Mitch Jarvis (Fiddler on the Roof) as Lonny and Wesley Taylor (Addams Family) as Franz.

The company includes Adam Dannheisser (The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night), Michele Mais (Roza), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Paul Schoeffler (Sweet Charity, Nine), , Ericka Hunter (Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street), Jeremy Jordan (Little Dog Laughed tour), Michael Minarik (Les Miserables), Angel Reed (Saturday Night Fever tour), Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (Pal Joey, The Color Purple), Katherine Tokarz (White Christmas, A Chorus Line), Andre Ward (Xanadu, The Producers), Tad Wilson (The Full Monty) and Jeremy Woodard (Glory Days).

The onstage band, ARSENAL, comprises music director/keyboardist Henry Aronson, lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, drummer Jon Weber, bassist Winston Roye and guitar player David Gibbs, who also wrote the original arrangements.

"In 1987 on the Sunset Strip," Rock of Ages production notes state, "a small town girl met a big city rocker and in L.A.'s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the '80s. . . . [The musical is] an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more."

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located in Manhattan at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets call (212) 307-4100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.