CUE & A: Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis on First Auditions, Fatherhood and His Return to Rock of Ages

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26 Aug 2014

Constantine Maroulis
Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis, who recently returned to Broadway's Rock of Ages in the role that earned him a 2009 Tony nomination, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.



Full given name: Constantine James Maroulis
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Wyckoff, NJ
Zodiac Sign:Virgo
What your parents did/do for a living: Father, James, was a Computer Engineer and Mother, Constance, was a Personal Shopper at Macy's
Siblings:Brother, Athanasios "Athan," is a Record Producer/Writer/Entertainer and Sister, Anastasia, is an Elementary School Principal
Something you're REALLY bad at:Jazz Dancing
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The Robber Bridegroom
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Saw the original company of Once and enjoyed that.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Anything from West Side Story
Some favorite modern musicals: Rent, Spring Awakening, The Toxic Avenger
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would have most loved to perform with: Frank Sinatra and Natalie Wood
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Brad Delp, David Bowie, Bono, Drew Sarich
The biggest rock idol of yours that you've had the chance to meet or perform with: Steven Tyler
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The Grateful Dead's last Giants Stadium show before Jerry Garcia died
Most-visited websites: Mainly sports sites like bleacherreport.com
Last book you read: "Killing Kennedy"
Must-see TV show(s): “The Walking Dead” and “Downton Abbey”
Last good movie you saw: "The Way, Way Back"
Some films you consider classics: "The Breakfast Club," "The Godfather," "Saving Private Ryan"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Bruce
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Britney
Three favorite cities: Outside of NYC... Dublin, Chicago, Tokyo
Favorite sport/team/player: Yankees and NY Giants (Derek Jeter and Eli Manning)
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: My first tape was Bon Jovi’s "New Jersey"
First stage kiss: Lend Me A Tenor, senior year of High School
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Goat in The Robber Bridegroom
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Chicken Parm at Tre Colore
Favorite liquid refreshment: Corona
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Usually sports radio or Yankees pre-game
Most challenging role you have ever played: Jekyll & Hyde
What has been the biggest challenge about returning to Rock of Ages after several years? Just finding it again in my body and pacing myself for the schedule
Did you still remember all of the songs and blocking? Yes, for the most part!
What's it been like adjusting to the much smaller Helen Hayes Theatre after doing the show at the Atkinson? I think the work is the same and should be no matter where you are. It becomes dangerous if you find yourself adjusting what matters in the scenes to the size of the theatres. That is for the circus.
Do you find you have a different perspective on, or relationship with, the character of Drew now that you get to revisit him? Being a father now adds an interesting layer to the part. We see where Drew goes and what he becomes at the end of the show, and now I have been there and know how great it is. So earning that through the play is that much more pleasurable.
Five favorite rock classics not included in the show: “Break on Through” by The Doors, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones, “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2
Any upcoming or side projects you can talk about? Broadway-bound productions of The Toxic Avenger and Gettin' The Band Back Together, as well as some new original music.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Once in Jesus Christ Superstar, somewhere in New Jersey, I just totally blanked during "Woman your fine ointment..." and absolutely made lines up. I couldn't even tell you what I said, but I ended with "...not a bit!!"
Worst job you ever had: GNC... one day
Craziest audition story: My first audition was terrible because I simply was too nervous to even sing one word… I got ensemble, at least.
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? Waitress #1
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Hedwig or Phantom
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Elphaba
Something about you that surprises people: I'm the youngest of three and I have like 30 first cousins. I enjoy antiquing and Interior Design. Vintage cars and houses.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Tony nomination, and paying my way through college
Career you would want if not a performer: Sports Writer
Three things you can't live without: Yankee Baseball, Family, NY Pizza
"I'll never understand why…" … people in our community don't support each other better.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Do the work, be nice.