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Constantine Maroulis grew up loving Broadway

February 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
If you think you know what musical theater is, the new show "Rock of Ages" will turn your thoughts around.

This musical utilizes popular songs from many 1980s rock bands and weaves them together into a story about a small town girl, a city boy from south Detroit and their trek to the Sunset Strip, where they both hope to make it in show biz.

"American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis earned a Tony nomination for his performance and he's thrilled to be in a show that really does offer something for everyone.

"We have the whole gamut, really. We have the traditional Broadway subscriber, theatre-going audience as well. And then we have the rockers and the dudes who don't go to Broadway shows," said Maroulis. "We love that. We love when people are experiencing something so new and so fresh for the first time, but yet, it feels like a concert they went to as a kid, but it's got so much more."

Maroulis has enjoyed showing his own fans that he is, and always has been, a "Broadway baby."

"Believe it or not, I grew up loving Broadway. I used to put on Broadway shows in my bedroom as a kid," said Maroulis. "I'd perform every role in 'West Side Story' or 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'"

Maroulis said he loves the "magic of theater" and acting.

"I grew up as an actor, as a performer on stage, so this role has definitely been a blessing to me. It's been everything sort of in one," he said.

"Rock of Ages" plays at the Pantages Theatre through Feb. 27.