Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Broadway Idol - Constantine Maroulis

As a prelude to tonight's American Idol Rawk-fest, one of AI's better-known rockers of years past has succeeded on the Great Broad Way. Yup Season 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis has been nominated for a Tony Award. According to the still solvent L.A. Times he was nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

If you haven't heard much about Rock of Ages, it did receive a few Tony nominations. According to their website, it features music of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, and WHITESNAKE.

His competition is pretty tough. He's competing against the three boys starring in "Billy Elliot, The Musical", one of my favorite musicals of the past few years. Though I preferred the London showing, the US performances were still exquisite.

American Idol has really been a hit on stage, if not as much on iTunes. Diana DeGarmo of season 3 made her Broadway debut in Hairspray . Other idol finalists and semi-finalists on New York stages include Clay Aikens (Spamalot), Tamyra Gray (Bombay Dreams), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), and Frenchie Davis (Rent), and LaToya London (Color Purple). Jennifer Huson has made several appearances in various musicals. Constantine has also shown in Wedding Singer.

Constantine stands to do better in the Tony standings than he did under American Idol. On Idol, he was voted off in the 6th place position. In New York, there will only five nominees to compete against.

David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish - Billy Elliot, The Musical
Gavin Creel - Hair
Brian d’Arcy James - Shrek The Musical
Constantine Maroulis - Rock of Ages
J. Robert Spencer - Next to Normal

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