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"Idol's" Constantine finds more fame in "Rock of Ages'

of the Oakland Press

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“American Idol” was a big deal, but Constantine Maroulis says playing Drew Bowie in “Rock of Ages” is “one of those once in a lifetime roles.”

But it took him a minute to actually get it — by his own choice.

Maroulis began talking to the Tony Award-nominated musical’s producers when they began putting it together in 2006, a year after he finished sixth on the fourth season of “Idol.” Co-producer Carl Levin says they were impressed with the New York singer’s “pipes of steel,” but Maroulis, then basking in post-“Idol” opportunities, did not want to spend the time workshopping the show in Los Angeles for “no money and no guarantees.”

“But I love that kind of stuff,” he says, “so I said to them, ‘Look, I love this. I could wail this material. Call me when you get to New York,’ and they did. We created something very special.”

Maroulis earned his own Tony nomination for his performance in “Rock of Ages” on Broadway and is spending a year with the touring company, while Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider fills his role on Broadway. Maroulis, 35, is working on his second post-“Idol” album while he’s on the road, and he’s also developing a multi-media “rock ‘n’ roll songbook show” called “A Night at the Rock.”

And, of course, there’s the looming possibility of a role in the “Rock of Ages” film that starts shooting in 2011.

“I know Adam Shankman; I think he’s a great director,” Maroulis says. “Everyone knows the work I’ve done in the show. I think the process now is to reach out to some big rock star/movie star types, and then maybe there will be something left for me. Obviously I’d like to be part of it. It’s the role I created. But if they’re gonna go with a 20-year-old Disney kinda guy, there’s nothing I can do about it.

“I just try to focus on what I’m doing. I have enough work doing eight shows a week and pimping (‘Rock of Ages’) all over the country. I’m proud to be a Tony-nominated actor of ‘Rock of Ages.’ I want to milk it out a little longer.”

“Rock of Ages” runs Tuesday, Nov. 9, through Nov. 21 at the Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Call 313-872-1000 or visit www.broadwayindetroit.com.

Web Site: www.broadwayindetroit.com

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