From "American Idol" to Broadway and Beyond TV Show's Alum Take to the Stage

By Karu F. Daniels
27 Jan 2014

Constantine Maroulis in Jekyll & Hyde.
Photo by Chris Bennion Photo

Before Hair, Young starred in another Broadway revival of a legendary musical, Grease — and its national tour. The season five alumni is slated to play the title role in a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, kicking off March 4 the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, alongside DeGarmo — whom he married in June 2013. Before the newlyweds hit the road, they will bring their Samson & Delilah concert to Broadway's premiere supper club 54 Below Jan. 29-30. Their duet opus, "Samson & Delilah, A Love Story," is set for release Feb. 14 and will include songs from a forthcoming new musical.

"Idol"s season 4 favorite Constantine Maroulis played 54 Below Jan. 20 in a show celebrating the music of composer Jeff Thompson. To date, he holds the distinction of being the only "American Idol" alum to receive a Tony Award nomination — Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in Rock of Ages. He is now a two-time Drama League nominee for Distinguished Performance. 

"It feels great for sure," he said of the distinction. "I grew up with such a passion for theatre and music and to get the chance to create a role on Broadway has always been a dream of mine. It's wonderful that people appreciated the work. Rock of Ages was a hit record for me."

Prior to Broadway, Maroulis cut his teeth regionally starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and later this season he will honor Broadway Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris at the Drama League Gala.

From the Broadway stage came a headlining gig on the national tour of the 80's rock music jukebox musical, and even a cameo in the movie version, which starred Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige and Alec Baldwin. Maroulis also starred in the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer, the Off-Broadway musical Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Premier Theatre Company's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The musical adaptation of the 1984 cult film The Toxic Avenger followed, playing to rave reviews at The Hubbard Stage at The Alley Theatre in Houston in 2012.

Last year, Maroulis fronted the revival of Jekyll & Hyde, earning a Drama League Award nomination. "I believe all my personal experiences have prepared me for life as an artist and someone who has worked in many areas," he added. "You can't always be in a hit, this is very rare. You have to do your best and leave it on the stage."

He said he's getting back into recording, but he hopes The Toxic Avenger will have a home on The Great White Way this fall.

As far as "American Idol" is concerned, the Brooklyn native added: "I have been blessed to able to do a myriad of different things since my 'Idol' days. It has been nearly nine years now since I first appeared on the show... I'm blessed to say I am where I wanted to be growing up. I wanted to be a significant voice in the Broadway and music scene and I have done that. Not a lot of people do what I do. I run a small shop but have a nice brand that people get. It has been a very rewarding career and I have no complaints."