From enthusiastic kid belting out rockin' Broadway numbers in the shower to respected Tony-nominated Broadway luminary, Constantine Maroulis' journey to stardom is a true American success story. Born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey, Constantine James ...
From enthusiastic kid belting out rockin' Broadway numbers in the shower to respected Tony-nominated Broadway luminary, Constantine Maroulis' journey to stardom is a true American success story. Born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey, Constantine James Maroulis grew up amongst a wide variety of musical influences. From classic and alternative rock to show tunes and jazz, this diverse mix of sounds would have a strong impact on creating his own unique musical style. From high school onward, the hard-working Maroulis began participating in theatre productions while also singing in rock bands. It was not unusual to see him onstage at a Summer Stock theater production and then heading straight for a nightclub to front a band, demonstrating the talent, passion, and commitment to his craft that would only grow stronger as this charismatic performer continued his rise to fame.
It was this fierce dedication that enabled Constantine to nail his audition and secure his spot to attend the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music. Constantine worked steadily to build his impressive resume, including lead roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Jesus Christ Superstar, Shakespeare, and indie films. Additionally, Constantine was singled out for an apprenticeship at the Williamstown Theater Festival. After completing school, Maroulis returned to New York, soon landing the role of Roger in RENT. For the next year Constantine electrified audiences and received critical praise on tour with the show. Moments after taking his bows each night in RENT, Maroulis would then race to the local rock clubs, and, jamming with an assembly of various musicians, showcased the rocker side of his diverse catalog of vocal abilities
Upon completion of the RENT tour, back in New York, Constantine kept busy with his rock band by night and auditions by day. On a whim, a friend coaxed him into traveling to Wash. D.C; for a chance to compete on the wildly popular television show American Idol. What happened next is the "stuff dreams are made of": Constantine made the cut and was soon regularly performing before a viewing audience of millions. He quickly gained a huge following of loyal, dedicated fans, as he dazzled viewers weekly with his riveting performances. Amongst his many standout moments, Constantine's sensual rendition of "My Funny Valentine" made hearts flutter, but it was his knockout performance of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" that was truly his defining moment on the show. Praised as "Astonishing!' by the usually acerbic Simon Cowell, Constantine's triumphant performance earned him a personal invitation from Queen guitarist Brian May, to record the song for "Killer Queen," a Queen tribute album. It was a shock heard 'round the world when Maroulis was eliminated from Idol, but he would ultimately remain one of the most popular and beloved finalists of all time.
Post-Idol, Maroulis recorded a solo album; his first, simply titled "Constantine." A fantastic band of veteran musicians was assembled to help create this musical delight; a diverse collection of heartfelt pop and rock tunes including songs penned by Maroulis himself. The critically acclaimed album fared well, debuting high on the Billboard charts, and was supported by a series of club tours of the United States.
Ironically, while his success on American Idol would make Constantine a household name, he yearned to get back to his theater roots. Opportunity soon came his way when he was cast in his first Broadway show, the Tony-nominated musical The Wedding Singer, as the popular character Sammy, Maroulis then promptly joined the ensemble of the eclectic off-Broadway gem Jacques Brel is Alive and Well. His stage successes showcased his acting abilities to a greater audience, and Maroulis was approached by producers of the popular television daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful. He was invited to join the cast in the role of Constantine Parros; a character created especially for him. He appeared on more than 40 episodes, regularly performing material from his self-titled album.
As Constantine continued to receive attractive offers from a wide array of Broadway possibilities, another career-defining moment was waiting in the wings. It had always been a dream of Constantine's to create a role in a brand new show. With Rock of Ages, his dream would soon come true. Maroulis believed in the quirky project and took it on, accepting the lead role of rocker Drew: a role he was born to play. And thus was born a classic. Through the brilliant casting choice of Maroulis and the other talented members of the ensemble, magic was created off-Broadway at the New World Stages. Delighted audiences fell in love with Maroulis' sweet, sensitive Drew, and left the theater singing after each performance
Soon the show transferred to Broadway, selling out to joyful packed houses every night. Amongst the many rave reviews: The NY Times, "Maroulis possesses a soulful, pure and intense voice." The Chicago Tribune, "Whatever they're paying Constantine Maroulis - the lovable, shaggy-headed pop star with the sweet smile and the megawatt voice -...it just ain't enough." The show received five Tony nominations, including a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical...for Constantine Maroulis. In addition to other accolades, Maroulis received a Drama League Award Nomination for a Distinguished Performance Award, was immortalized in a caricature at Sardi's, the landmark Broadway establishment, and was named Broadway.com's Star of the Year. The original cast recording topped the musical and soundtrack charts for months. Rock of Ages was eventually turned into a major motion picture, with Constantine in a featured cameo as a record producer.
After wowing audiences for a year on Broadway, Maroulis took the show on the road. They performed to sold-out houses and appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, America's Got Talent, and dozens of local broadcasts, helping him become one of the most successful American Idol finalists ever. With his quick wit, low-key affable style and charm, the versatile Constantine has been a popular choice as a regular contributor to various Idol-related programs on Fox as well as hosting shows on Fuse, Yahoo, and MTV. He has maintained an excellent relationship with the producers of Idol, and came back to perform the Righteous Brothers' classic "Unchained Melody."
With the birth of his daughter Malena James in 2010, Maroulis has taken fatherhood to heart. Always a favorite with children, he has merged his rock and roll sensibilities with his role as father and expanded his repertoire to include child-friendly projects. Maroulis became the face for Disney's Rock Star Mickey plush toy, performing the Kinks classic "You Really Got Me" on the national television commercial. He is a regular contributor to the Loukoumi series of children's books by Nick Katsoris, providing the voice of Gus the Bear. Constantine has consistently made himself available for charitable causes, lending his talents to events supporting Broadway Cares, St. Jude's Children's Fund, The Hellenic Scholarship Foundation, the Sarcoma Foundation, amongst many others.
Constantine continues to be highly sought after as a performer and to be involved in a wide variety of projects. His recent television appearances include highly touted guest performances on Law & Order: SVU, and Unforgettable, as well as guest spots on a wide variety of shows including SI Now, RedEye, Bethenny, and many others. Keeping his rock'n'roll roots firmly intact, Constantine has partnered with the popular NYC-based 1980s tribute band Jessie's Girl, frequently performing at sold-out shows and special events, garnering considerable buzz around town and landing them as regulars on the NY Post Page Six.
But it is on the musical theater stage where Constantine's star shines brightest. In 2012, he reinvented the lead role in the cult musical The Toxic Avenger, for a special pre-Broadway engagement at Houston's celebrated Alley Theater. The Houston Chronicle raved, "Maroulis not only believably inhabits the shy and nerdy Melvin Ferd the Third but supremely portrays the passions and struggles of a superhero caught in a crisis. Mr. Maroulis' voice is a gorgeous, crystal-clear, unwavering, bright tenor instrument that will blow you away."
Maroulis worked diligently with the producers of the Nederlander Organization to create a re-imagined version of Frank Wildhorn's epic musical Jekyll & Hyde, with the talented Deborah Cox as co-star. The production completed a massive 25-week tour, mesmerizing rapturous audiences across the nation before arriving on Broadway in 2013. The NY Times stated that Maroulis meets "[the] challenges of Mr. Wildhorn's score with aplomb" and "I was also impressed by Mr. Maroulis' quietly intense performance as the obsessive Dr. Jekyll." From the OC Register: "Maroulis owns a rock star voice, and when it's unleashed he's a wonder to behold... Maroulis is so passionately committed to the moment that he holds us in thrall." In recognition of his awe-inspiring performance as the tormented title character, Maroulis received a Drama League Award Nomination for a Distinguished Performance Award.
Delighted Rock of Ages fans all over the country thrilled to the news of Constantine's return to the Broadway production as Drew, the beloved role he originated, beginning in August 2014. While melting faces every night at the Helen Hayes Theater, the multifaceted Maroulis continues to develop many other projects, including recording new tracks for an upcoming album, bringing The Toxic Avenger to Broadway, and mounting an exciting new production of Gettin' the Band Back Together, also headed for Broadway. No matter where Constantine Maroulis applies his considerable talents, he remains a popular beloved fixture in the entertainment world: a dedicated hard-working entertainer who consistently delivers.