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Catching Up with Constantine Maroulis

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AMERICAN IDOL® star and Tony Award® nominee Constantine Maroulis recently finished headlining a revival of the Broadway hit, Jekyll & Hyde. Constantine joined with multi-platinum recording artist and Grammy® nominee Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil.

Broadway Records recently released a new concept recording of Jekyll & Hyde featuring Constantine and his co-star Deborah Cox. Download the amazing recording here. We got the chance to talk with Constantine about his revolutionary role and what's coming up next for him.

Constantine is very excited to share his new recording of Jekyll & Hyde with his fans. “We're really excited about the Jekyll concept album that's available now. Amazing new arrangements and orchestrations of all the classic songs that have become so iconic from the show.”

Constantine loved the opportunity to play the title role in the revived musical. “It's been amazing really. I knew what a mountain it was to climb when I was first approached about it and it's been a tremendous experience. Took it out on the road for about 9 months and took it into New York for a limited engagement. It was a lot of fun, anytime you get the opportunity to create a new role and be a part of something so special, it's awesome.”

Constantine elaborated on the physical and emotional challenges in playing the title role in Jekyll & Hyde. “Physically this has been something that no other actor has been able to do, eight shows a week consistently. Physically I had to get myself in the right shape – get my voice ready to rock. Emotionally, [the role was] a huge investment for a show like this. Really it takes you on a dark journey every night. It's something that doesn't easily leave you.”

Constantine, who said it has always been a dream to perform on Broadway, has had a great run so far. The Season 4 rocker was nominated for a Tony for his role in Rock of Ages, but he doesn't think his career has hit a high point yet. “I've had this great career for over 8 years now. Now, I'm back in the studio working on new music and as a producer of theater now as well. It's been a great time. I've been really blessed,” Constantine confided.

One of the shows in the works for Constantine is his Toxic Avenger show that he was working on before his run in Jekyll & Hyde. “Next for me is getting Toxic Avenger to New York. It's written by David Bryan from Bon Jovi and Joe DiPietro. It's a show that ran off –Broadway and that we took to the Alley Theater, one of the most prestigious theaters in the whole country. We did tremendous work on it last winter. So it's ready to come in. It's just been a scheduling thing. So, I'm looking to champion that coming into Broadway next.”

You can keep up with everything Constantine by following him on twitter @ConstantineM.
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