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Constantine Maroulis feels blessed by ‘Rock of Ages,’ coming to Fox Theater July 5-10

Constantine Maroulis, center, performs with the cast of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages in New York. (Joan Marcus/Barlow Hartman Public Relations/Associated Press)

Constantine Maroulis, center, performs with the cast of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages in New York. (Joan Marcus/Barlow Hartman Public Relations/Associated Press)

Constantine Maroulis in 2009 became the first “American Idol” contestant to receive a Tony nomination courtesy of a role tailor made for Maroulis’ theatrical rock persona in “Rock of Ages.”

Two years later, he is about to wrap up life as an ’80s arena rock god on the national tour of the kitschy Broadway production, which features hits by the likes Twisted Sister, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and Journey. His stop at the Fox Theatre from July 5 to 10 will be his second-to-last city on this tour.

“It’s been like a hit record,” Maroulis said in a phone interview last month. “It’s been an awesome journey, no pun intended. I wanted to see it through from off-Broadway to Broadway to across the country. It’s now become a worldwide brand.”

The starting off point of the play is from the lyrics of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.’ ” Maroulis’ lead character Drew is “a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit.” He comes to Los Angeles where he pursues a small-town girl and his rock-and-roll dreams.

Thanks to “The Sopranos” and “Glee,” the band’s uplifting 1981 radio hit has become a ubiquitous classic that transcends generations. Atlanta-based Cumulus even named a new radio station Journey 97.9 and the first song was, you guessed it, “Don’t Stop Believin.’ ”

“Funny thing is we had it first,” Maroulis said. “It was in the show before the ‘Sopranos’ finale. The song puts you right in the moment. What’s funny is my character is not a savvy city boy. He’s a dork, a music nerd.”

The 35-year-old New Jersey native, who recently had his first child, finished sixth season four on “Idol,” lauded for his pipes and critiqued at times for his occasionally over-the-top camera mugging.

But those skills work well on a big stage. Maroulis has performed “Rock of Ages” more than 800 times over three years, getting to jam with members of Poison, meet a childhood hero in Jon Bon Jovi and singing with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, who did a stint on the show.

Maroulis said his voice has held up well despite the hard work. “I’m built for this kind of load,” he said, ” from all my years singing in crappy garage bands with bad PA systems. I’ve been a grinder. I think my voice gets stronger over the years. It’s like any muscle.”

He no longer parties the way he did in his early 20s. “That,” he said, “destroys my voice.” Instead, on the road, he now watches inordinate amounts of the History Channel. “I’m a huge ‘American Pickers’ fan,” he said. “I love collecting stuff. Mid-century baubles, bar sets, glass sets, cool candle holders, great ashtrays, lithographs. Fun stuff.”

When he finds cool items, he ships them to his home in New York. But he promises he is not going to be a candidate for another reality show: “Hoarders.” “It’s all in great condition,” he said. “I’m very organized. I’m a Virgo. That show ‘Hoarders’ is so sad. It’s just a disease.”

He plans to visit his home country of Greece after the tour is over and then decide what to do next, whether it’s film, TV or more Broadway. He also has a rock cabaret show.

“I’m a survivor,” Maroulis said. “I’m not going anywhere. I bust my butt. Nothing comes cheap. I’m always going to be hustling, doing something.”

IF YOU GO

“Rock of Ages,” July 5-10, $25-$65. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org and www.ticketmaster.com

18 comments Add your comment

Branch Loveless

June 27th, 2011
11:11 am

Good for Constantine. Glad he is busy and has options for the future as well.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 27th, 2011
11:20 am

He always made me feel like I needed a shower after he performed on Idol. Still does. But like all Idol alum, congrats to him on making an impact on Broadway.

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Woodpappy

June 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Really proud of Constantine…Shows what you can do if you set your mind to it. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of him.

Mercedes S.

June 27th, 2011
11:57 am

Thnaks for nice interview RoHo – Constantine comes off as a serious, hardworking Idol the show can be proud of.

Branch Loveless

June 27th, 2011
12:06 pm

Interesting headline from ajc.com: Ohio deputies: Woman sprayed us with breast milk

Talk about needing a shower! :shock:

Pitchy ™

June 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

Good afternoon!

carla roqs

June 27th, 2011
12:44 pm

hi all. my, branch, the most “interesting” things do seem to catch your eye. :)

Nana ™

June 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

Hey Everyone!!!

Good report on Constantine, Rodney. Glad to see that he is doing good in his career.

A special hello to Linnie!!!!! Girl, it is so good to have you back here with us….. Yiou were surely missed.

Cat

June 27th, 2011
1:45 pm

Great write up about a very deserving guy. I’ve seen Rock of Ages when he played it on Broadway and he is fabulous! What a voice! Can’t wait to see him in Atlanta. I’m so glad he’s coming to my state so more Georgians can experience him in this show.

Harriett

June 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

No air conditioning in my bldg all of a sudden. Sitting with a small desktop fan. But, I still love summer! I am remembering February and not feeling too bad about it.

Rodney, thanks for the Constantine story. I wish him the very best.

Neg Haleysox

June 27th, 2011
2:41 pm

Haley’s EP reaches #1 on Walmart MP3 dowloads, #2 in total music sales. Yeah, baby!!

Harriett

June 27th, 2011
4:56 pm

Happy for Haley, Neg. Bye everyone. Time to run.

Mercedes S.

June 28th, 2011
7:20 am

Morning!

Following last week’s uproar over the unsatisfying cliffhanger ending of “The Killing”, AMC chief Charlie Collier offers a lame excuse in Entertainment Weekly: “We underestimated the passion viewers have for closure within a season”.

Deirdre

June 28th, 2011
7:54 am

Morning!

Finally saw Water For Elephants yesterday. It was good and seeing the vampire boy looking like he might have a tan was pleasant although I still question his acting ability.

Don’t remember if I mentioned seeing Super 8 last week. It was delightful! And scary. And heartwarming. And funny. And adventurous. Yes, I liked it.

Deirdre

June 28th, 2011
8:17 am

I loved Constantine during season 4. My 3 favorite contestants that year were Bo, Carrie and Constantine. He was my first serious elimination shocker.

Sam-A

June 28th, 2011
8:32 am

Deirdre: I loved “Super 8″ too – and how ’bout that Kyle! A real Honey for us older gals! And, “Water…” was the first time I even remotely liked Rob P.

At first I hated Constantine – thought he was a bit creepy. Then he did a song about 3 weeks in (can’t remember what), and I changed my mind and really liked him after that. It was a total shocker when he left – I think I shed a tear along with Paula! But it wasn’t as hard to stomach as Michael Johns’ departure!

Harriett

June 28th, 2011
9:06 am

Morning! New thread up.