The Broadway jukebox musical all about the ‘80s hair bands and arena rock is set to welcome back the original Drew, the lead character of “Rock of Ages” announced on Wednesday. Tony-nominee Constantine Maroulis originated the role when it first opened on the Great White Way in 2009. Now Constantine will be returning in a limited engagement.
According to Broadway.com, Maroulis will come back to the Helen Hayes Theatre for a 12-week engagement starting on August 4 through October 26. Set in 1987, “Rock of Ages” is the story of a Detroit musician who goes to L.A. for greater glory and falls in love. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including best leading actor in a musical.
Relive those great, and sometimes cheesy, classic rock tunes from the 1980s in this musical tribute. It features renditions of “Here I Go Again” from Whitesnake (1982), “Every Rose Has its Thorn” by Poison (1988), “Don’t Stop Believin'’” from Journey (1981), and “We Built This City” by Starship (1985), just to name a few.
Not only was Constantine in the original Broadway production, he also headlined “Rock of Ages” in its first national tour. The show made a stop at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall in January 2011. Maroulis is no stranger to Broadway and national tours. He was in the national tour of “Rent,” appeared on Broadway in “The Wedding Singer,” and off-Broadway in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”
In Season 4 of “American Idol” on FOX, it was Constantine Maroulis’ first national television appearance as a finalist. He was the reality show’s first rocker. In a statement announcing his return as Drew, Constantine said about the show “holds a special place in my heart. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. My relationship with ‘Rock of Ages’ is bigger than Broadway. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now.”