Sunday, Dec 09, 2018
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, January 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 02
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:Rock idol Constantine Maroulis
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:Rock idol Constantine Maroulis

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Rock of Ages
February 8-13
Paramount
Theatre


Constantine Maroulis has performed in many different venues. His long hair and soft-spoken appearance is instantly associated with the vocal talents of a rock 'n' roll artist. It was his performances on the fourth season of American Idol that led to his leading role in Broadway's jukebox musical, Rock of Ages. After his 2009 Tony Award nomination for his role as Drew, Constantine is currently touring the country in the first national tour of Rock of Ages.

Eric Andrews-Katz: How did you get interested in music?

Constantine Maroulis: I think it was very early on. I grew up with music in the house. I have an older brother and sister and they got me into cool records.

Andrews-Katz: You received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. Was acting your original ambition?

Maroulis: Yeah, definitely. I always grew up acting and doing theater. I think with the education I had, it was the natural progression for me. [School] was a great time in my life and I learned a lot there that prepared me for the professional world.

Andrews-Katz: What was your audition song for American Idol, Season 4?

Maroulis: Actually it was an Aerosmith song, 'Cryin'.' It's kind of ironic, as Steven Tyler is now a judge.

Andrews-Katz: How accurate are the sections shown on American Idol? Are they different than what actually happens?

Maroulis: It's kind of tough to manipulate actual video and live taping. But they are creating a TV show and want to make it as dramatic as they can. When doing it, you can't think about it, [just] hope for the best, and try to enjoy the experience. It's truly unique and rewarding as well.

Andrews-Katz: What was it like to work on The Bold and the Beautiful?

Maroulis: It was great. It was my first opportunity to work on TV as an actor, and I worked with a great cast. They catered the role for me, which is great. I learned a lot about acting on TV and enjoyed the experience.

Andrews-Katz: What is Rock of Ages about?

Maroulis: It's a sexy rock 'n' roll musical about two kids that meet on the Sunset Strip, at the height of the monsoon that was going on in the late 1980s. It's a very funny love story told through the songs of the era [by] artists like Bon Jovi, Poison, White Snake, and Twisted Sister. It's a joyful comedy that is a party, rock 'n' roll, super-sexy, and tugs on the heartstrings.

Andrews-Katz: People don't usually associate glam metal bands with love songs.

Maroulis: No, but think of all those power ballads.

Andrews-Katz: How did you come to audition for the musical?

Maroulis: They pitched the show to me a long time ago. Then right after I was voted off from American Idol, they were workshopping it in LA, and we had always maintained a good relationship. They invited me back.

Andrews-Katz: What were you doing when you found out you were nominated for a Tony Award?

Maroulis: I was half asleep. I woke up late and forgot to turn on the show. I turned it on just in time to hear my name announced. It was a great day; it was validation for me personally and for my work. The years of training and everything that I had worked for & it was a wonderful day.

Andrews-Katz: Which was more nerve-wracking, performing on American Idol or performing for the Tony Awards?

Maroulis: I don't know. I try to approach the work the same. Whether it's a huge club, a small theater, TV, or Broadway, you still have to attack it with the same enthusiasm and focus. I enjoyed both.

Andrews-Katz: The movie version of Rock of Ages is currently being cast. Would you have interest in doing the film, or are you ready to move onto something else?

Maroulis: I think that it's a natural progression to have the movie. It's a testament to the work itself, the original cast and the attention brought to the show itself. But I'd love to be a part of it. I enjoy lots of different mediums of the performing craft. Whether it's what I'm doing now, or with my band, Shakespeare, or TV, I enjoy what I do. I try to work hard at it, and try to inspire others to great things as well. I'm pretty blessed where I am, and hope to do more cool projects down the road.

Constantine Maroulis is recreating his Tony nominated performance in the hit musical Rock of Ages for the national touring company. Using the music of the glam bands of the 1980s, the musical takes such hits like 'I Wanna Rock,' 'I Want to Know What Love Is,' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It' and weaves them through the story of two kids on the Sunset Strip. The musical was originally nominated for five 2009 Tony Awards including Best Actor (Constantine Maroulis) and Best Musical.

Contact Eric Andrews-Katz at eric@sgn.org.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Thoroughly modern Lily
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:Rock idol Constantine Maroulis
------------------------------
The SGN predicts the 83rd Oscar nominations
------------------------------
Cool Crooked ranks with the best of Seattle theatre
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: Suzanne Westenhoefer's wicked comedy
------------------------------
Glee and Kids triumph at Golden Globes
------------------------------
French organ music suffers out of context
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Javier Fuentes-León writes and directs the extraordinary Undertow
------------------------------
Guster wonderful at the Moore
------------------------------
30 Seconds to Mars
------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Lizz Wright returns to her Seattle home
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News