STAGE VIEWS: Rock of Ages Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis
By Andrew Gans
September 7, 2013
Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from Rock of Ages Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis, who was most recently on Broadway in the revival of Jekyll & Hyde and will join the 80's rock band Jessie's Girl for six consecutive Saturday night performances at the Canal Room beginning Sept. 21.
What show recently impressed you?
Well, I didn't see a lot this summer, but most recently I was at the opening of First Date. It was very funny. Great cast. I road-tripped and saw some friends in shows this summer, and they all killed it. Les Miz at the Muny, Stages Legally Blonde and saw the Surflight Les Miz, too. Ha, I guess I saw more than I thought! So, you can say I was impressed by all.
What production are you most excited to see?
Well, there are so many cool things coming in … Betrayal with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Rocky The Musical... Big Fish... Maybe some surprises, too! Broadway is so limitless, and I'm a big fan.
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I think Chess has a lot of potential. It's loved all over the world. It has an awesome score, but it has been hard to stage and pull off. Hey, does that ring a bell? Freddie, The American would be the obvious choice, but it's nice to play against the obvious. Maybe I could be The Russian, Anatoly!
What are your current/upcoming projects?
It was nice to have some time to be with my family this summer and take it down a bit. I have been going pretty hard for a few years. The hustle never stops though. I'm back in the studio writing again with some amazing people, and I'm launching a new residency at The Canal Room here in NYC. A show called Back To The Eighties with myself and the band Jessie's Girl. Jessie’s Girl is an amazing ensemble of players and singers — everyone is featured. It's a real song-book show, a celebration of great popular songs from the eighties. I'm so excited for everyone to meet them in the Broadway scene. I will be appearing with them every Saturday night at 8 PM and 11:30 PM starting on Sept. 21st for six weeks.