Constantine Maroulis won over millions of voters with his saccharine camera gaze and electric rock performances, emerging as one of the most talented and recognized competitors of "American Idol" (Fox...
Hit musical Rock Of Ages is set to end its run on Broadway after six years in the spotlight. The Tony-nominated show, which currently features former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis and Ariana Grande's brother Frankie J., will shut down in New York on 18 January (14).
Producer Jonathan Linden says, "As a team we've experienced the greatest - and in many ways, unexpected - joys of having a hit show and being a part of the Broadway community.
"From performing at the Tony Awards, to the Super Bowl, and Times Square on New Year's Eve, this has been the ride of a lifetime for the entire Rock of Ages family and I am so proud of what we've all accomplished."
The show debuted at the the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April, 2009 following runs off-Broadway and in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
It's still a hit touring production.
Former American Idol star Constantine Maroulis has pulled out of performing in Rock Of Ages after he was injured on stage on Sunday (26Oct14). The Tony-nominated actor was dancing in a performance of the musical when he hurt his leg and had to pull out of the show to see a physician.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six that the star has tore a calf muscle and is expected to be out of the show for a several weeks while he rests.
Maroulis, who plays leading character Drew in the production, shared his misery with fans by posting a photograph of himself on Instagram.com with the caption, "Stay tuned fight fans... Yet another scan at #specialsurgery but needless to say I will be missing some @rockofagesmusical for the time being. I hate letting you down."
Tony Award-nominated singer/actor Constantine Maroulis is heading back to the Broadway musical which launched his stage career, Rock Of Ages. The former American Idol contestant will reprise his role as Drew Boley, a part he originated on the Great White Way, when he returns to the show on 4 August (14). He left the production in 2011 after three years as the leading star. Maroulis also had a small role in Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages film.
Police have reportedly launched an investigation after a guitar was allegedly stolen from Constantine Maroulis' band during a charity event in New York. A bass is said to have been snatched from the musicians following Maroulis' performance at the Love Heals gala in New York's Hamptons on Saturday (19Jul14).
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six that police officers are attempting to track down the culprit using pictures taken at the event.
The insider says, "Some idiot stole the bass guitar from the band... The thief was no genius - he was photographed (at the event). The cops are confident he will be tracked down."
Guests at the event included socialite Nicky Hilton.
James Franco showed off his backside for hundreds of fans at the annual Broadway Bares fundraiser in New York City on Sunday (22Jun14). The Oscar-nominated actor, who is currently starring in Of Mice and Men on the Great White Way, was one of the many theatre stars who took to the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom to raise money for HIV support organisation Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Franco took part in a sketch in which he attempted to gain entry into a fictional nightclub, and when the bouncer blocked him from going in, Franco said, "Don't you know who I am?"
Drag queen/reality TV star Bianca Del Rio stepped in to save Franco, but told him to "face the wall" so she could give him a "cavity search".
Del Rio exclaimed, "Just so you know, Franco, this won't be as painful as you hosting the Oscars," then proceeded to rip his pants down to expose his bare bottom to the crowd of eager fans.
The event, now in its 24th year, also included appearances from Broadway favourites Alan Cumming and Constantine Maroulis.
Critically-slated musical Jekyll & Hyde is to close early in New York after failing to pick up a single Tony Award nomination earlier this week (beg29Apr13). The curtain will come down on the show, starring former American Idol hopeful Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox, on 12 May (13), seven weeks before it was due to end on Broadway.
Bad reviews led to a box office bust and producers had no option but to pull the plug early.
The revival began previews on 5 April (13), following a national tour, and officially opened two weeks later.
R&B singer-turned-actress Deborah Cox is struggling to deal with life away from her three young children as she performs in Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde. The star signed up to portray brothel worker Lucy opposite Constantine Maroulis, who pulls double duty as both Jekyll and Hyde, and the show began previews on the New York stage last Friday (05Apr13) after a 25-week U.S. tour.
Cox admits she fell in love with the role as soon as she read the script, but taking on the job wasn't an easy decision and she has found it tough to spend so much time away from her husband and kids at home in Florida.
She tells the Associated Press, "That was the hardest thing when I made the decision to go out on the road: it would mean not being with them the way I want to. It was a tough time."
However, Cox insists the part is "a dream come true" and even the challenging tour schedule has had its benefits: "It really tests your faith and your decision-making. But it makes you better. I'm a better performer because of it. I can handle anything now, I think. We thugged it out, and grinded it out (worked hard). And now we're here...
"(I was) looking for a great project to sink my teeth into and here comes Jekyll & Hyde. How often does a role like this come up? For a black woman that doesn't deal with race? That just deals with a woman falling in love? That gets to sing incredible songs every night? It's a dream come true."
The new revival of Jekyll & Hyde runs at the Marquis Theatre until June (13).
Before this week, the five most embarrassing words you could ever utter were: I have Blake Lewis' album. Scratch that — the five most embarrassing words you could ever utter were: I love Blake Lewis' album.
Still, I found myself defending the American Idol Season 6 alum's debut effort, A.D.D. (Audio Daydream), on a daily basis back in 2007. "Break Anotha," "Gots to Get Her," and "Know My Name" — tracks off of the album were catchy gems, embarrassing spelling be damned. To fans of Lewis — who has never been given the credit he's deserved for revolutionizing Idol by transforming into an artistry-based competition — there was little reason why the beat-boxing musician couldn't top the charts alongside the buzziest acts besides a very uncool association with the worst season worst of Idol of all time. (Sorry, Season 9 — you're still the winning loser.)
But Lewis is now getting the opportunity to have the last laugh. The Idol alum has not only scored a contract with Republic Records five years after getting dropped by Arista Records, but he's landed the soundtrack to Microsoft Internet Explorer's "Explore Touch" ad campaign. (Also known as the same company that forced Alex Clare's "Too Close" into your head for months straight.)
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The musician, however, isn't the only Idol alum to experience a career rebound years after their appearance on our television screens. Here are some other singers from the reality series who found surprising success after they missed out on a confetti shower.
Kimberly CaldwellSeason: 2 (2003)Post-Idol Struggles: Caldwell parlayed her Idol experience into various hosting gigs for FOX Sports and MTV's P. Diddy's Starmaker. In fact, the singer seemed to abandon singing altogether, instead making bit appearances on TV programs.When It Turned Around: In 20011, eight years after she was eliminated on Idol, Caldwell released a record uner Vanguard/Capitol Records. Unfortunately, even after being given a chance to rebound, Caldwell failed to impress, selling just 3,000 records, and returned to television to host Oxygen's Best Ink.
Jennifer HudsonSeason: 3 (2004)Post-Idol Struggles: The poster woman for post-elimination success failed to make a splash with her first first singles, "Over It" and "Stand Up"... When It Turned Around: ...which is exactly why Idol fans were shocked to hear the singer scored the role as Effie in the big-screen Dreamgirls adaptation. One Oscar and a successful acting career later, and we're starting to think that Elton John is freakishly prescient.
Constantine MaroulisSeason: 4 (2005)Post-Idol Struggles: The sixth place finisher became more well-known post-Idol for his performances of the National Anthem at sports games than his self-titled album released in 2007. When It Turned Around: But, O say, we didn't see his massive Broadway success coming. After a turn in the short-lived Wedding Singer Broadway show, Maroulis appeared off-Broadway before scoring a role in Rock of Ages in 2008. And the Rock of Ages stint came complete with something even better than a confetti shower: a Tony nomination.
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Kevin CovaisSeason: 5 (2006)Post-Idol Struggles: Really, did you expect Chicken Little do to anything after placed 11th in the reality competition series?When It Turned Around: Though he never scored a record contract, Covais', ahem, interesting looks caught Hollywood's attention two years later in 2008. The Idol alum scored roles in Drake Bell's College, Lindsay Lohan's Labor Pains, and, most recently, Identity Thief. And Chicken Little, against all odds, continues to act to this day.
Katharine McPheeSeason: 5 (2006)Post-Idol Struggles: The singer, who some found to be as unlikeable as she was talented, found only modest success as a singer. Singles off of her first album, Katharine McPhee, didn't quite hit as hard as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and other Idol performances. One year later, she was dropped by RCA Records and in 2010, released Unbroken, which sold just 15,000 copies.When It Turned Around: Turns out audiences liked McPhee... just not as a singer. After acting alongside Anna Faris and Emma Stone in The House Bunny, McPhee scored the starring role on every musical theater's favorite hot mess, Smash. Though ratings for the series are still leaving something to be desired, McPhee has managed to at least make herself more likeable than Ellis.
Chris SlighSeason: 6 (2007)Post-Idol Struggles: Season 6's David Hasselhoff-loving funny man had everything going against him. Sligh finished in the unenviable 10th place, poised for little more than a footnote in American Idol's history of memorable auditions. After his season wrapped, Sligh recorded a solo album, but failed to gain attention outside of the Christian charts.When It Turned Around: The contestant, whose sense of humor clearly proved he had a talent for words, scored a No. 1 hit on the country charts with 2009's "Here Comes Goodbye," written for Rascal Flatts. Surely, that was enough to help him fulfill his goal to make Hasselhoff cry.
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A particular school of quantum physics expresses the idea that there are an infinite amount of universes coexisting, each representing a different timeline until every possible manifestation of reality is accounted for. But in none of these realities is Tom Cruise not a superstar.
It's just not in the cards of the multiverse fabric to make Tom Cruise a nobody, a schmoe, an everyman. He always needs to be huge. And if physics doesn't know how to make Cruise a loser, you can't really expect Hollywood to, either. Think about every movie of his that you’ve seen in the past twenty years — he’s always at the top of his field, whether that be ‘80s rock, espionage, the film industry, taxicab crime, or the battlegrounds of feudal Japan. In every reality that the film industry dreams up, Tom Cruise is always a winner.
And this isn’t limited to his feature film work. Think about when Cruise went on Oprah (the biggest show on TV) and declared his love (the most memorable episode in the history of the biggest show on TV) for his wife, Katie Holmes (the It Girl of the late ‘90s — don’t even start with any of that “I’m more of a Jen Lindley fan” nonsense). In this universe and all others into which he traverses, Cruise just can’t seem to stop being huge.
Cruise is so huge, as a matter of fact, that even at the relatively diminutive size of 5 feet 7 inches, he has still earned the role of the hulking Jack Reacher, a character created by novelist Lee Child and set to be embodied on film in the developing One Shot adaptation.
Cruise is so huge that his 2011 blockbuster, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, had the actor playing the most adept member of the most elite agency in the most dangerous, secretive, and exciting occupational fields, rappelling from the very top of the tallest building in the entire world. And they’re making a fifth one — you know they’re going to try and outdo themselves!
And of course, Cruise is so huge that the nearly 50-year-old performer is laying waste to the would-be restrictions of the ascension of his years, and is taking on the role of Stacee Jaxx — the epitome of a rock and roll superstar, sex symbol, and all around timeless legend — in the musical film Rock of Ages, which opens on Friday. The dude leaves no territory unmarked.
So while it seems like Cruise is solidified unwaveringly as a god among men in the public’s spectrum, it is possible to remember a time before this was the case. Back before Cruise played the German soldier who came the closest to killing Hitler (the most evil man in history) with an explosion (the coolest way to kill Hitler) in Valkyrie. Back before Cruise fought through a remake of the iconic extraterrestrial invasion film (War of the Worlds), before he played the richest and most in-vogue dude in New York City (Vanilla Sky), before he played the very last samurai (…The Last Samurai). He was even huge (literally, and otherwise) in Tropic Thunder. But before all this, there was a time when Cruise was, dare it be said, a regular guy.
The kind of guy who could louse around with a few other wrong-side-of-the-tracks hooligans, looking for trouble and keeping his hair straight. The kind of guy who you’d believe really might be having some personal problems that a simple reconnection with his estranged Autistic Savant brother could solve. The kind of guy who would celebrate his parents leaving town for a few days by dancing around the living room in his underwear. You know, normal.
So what happened to that guy? When did the world stop believing Cruise as a man, and started insisting upon him the role of superman? When did Bob Seger-backed hallway sliding stop being enough? When did Tom Cruise become Tom Cruise?
One hundred and twenty-nine minutes into Jerry Maguire. That’s when.
That’s the moment Tom Cruise became irreparably unstoppable. The actor kicked off the movie as a regular guy; an ambitious loser. Then, through some fancy footwork and a few strokes of good fortune, Jerry Maguire hit it big. Right around this minute mark, Cruise's character had just returned home after living through the greatest underdog story to ever grace the sidelines of professional football (the premiere American sport — don’t even start with any of that “I’m more of a baseball fan” nonsense), with fresh claims to personal and professional victories, recognizing that he had one last world to conquer: he had to fix his marriage. And with that Tom Cruise, spouted the most referenced line in contemporary romantic cinema: “You complete me.” At that point, he became a hero. Wanted by some, envied by all. He was beyond human. Even beyonder than the undead character, Lestat de Lioncourt, that he played in Interview with the Vampire two years prior. From then on, there was nothing that Cruise couldn’t do. And all of his film roles since have reflected that.
Of course, there are a couple of different ways to look at this. On one hand, Cruise reigns supreme as an unparalleled Hollywood icon. He’ll never starve for media attention, or for blockbuster roles. On the other hand, however, this comes at a price. Cruise’s best films to date are his smaller, simpler stories: Risky Business, Rain Man, A Few Good Men. The movies where he played ordinary people dealing with personal struggles — not international espionage or the pressure of countless fans awaiting his rendition of “Pour Some Sugar on Me” — were the ones that really showcased Cruise’s talents as a performer.
The real question is, can Cruise ever play a role like these again? Maybe once he’s past the days of defeating alien races and flying over Dubai, Cruise will resolve to thicker character pieces — but at this point, such is no more than wishful thinking. The next few films the actor has on his plate maintain the status quo. And although Cruise movies are rarely short of entertaining, it’s about time for the man to really wow us once more.
But if Cruise can't seem to stray from his BMOC motif, maybe there's a middle ground. Maybe in M:I5, Ethan Hunt will undergo a jarring midlife crisis, asking himself whether or not he'd be happier living out his winter years in the comfort of suburbia, surrounded by a wife and children. Maybe Cruise can really explore what it means to be human in his forthcoming apocalypse pics. And maybe, just maybe, Top Gun 2 will get to the bottom of Maverick's daddy issues, all the while keeping him at the peak of his field.
So, hope is not lost to see a deeper, more intimate Cruise. We might have to see a deeper, more intimate Cruise who also saves the universe in the end, but you take what you can get. And who knows? Maybe an Interview with the Vampire/Twilight crossover piece wherein he and Robert Pattinson play a contentious father and son on a journey to a happier relationship will cover all bases.
Oh, come on! You'd see it! Don't even start with any of that "I'm more of a Jacob fan" nonsense.
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Constantine Maroulis won over millions of voters with his saccharine camera gaze and electric rock performances, emerging as one of the most talented and recognized competitors of "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). He was born Constantine James Maroulis on Sept. 17, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY, and spent his formative years in Wyckoff, NJ. The future rocker was active in the Greek Orthodox Church, where he was an altar boy and a youth group leader. By age five, Maroulis started developing an interest in music, and at age 11, was taking trumpet lessons. After graduating from high school, Maroulis studied musical theater and acting at the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2002 with a degree in fine arts. Prior to competing on "American Idol," Maroulis competed on the dating show "elimiDATE" (syndicated, 2001-06) and appeared as an extra on the crime drama "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010). He also starred in the Broadway international touring company's production of the smash hit "Rent" (1994), playing Roger Davis, an AIDS-stricken musician battling the coming wave of gentrification in New York City's bleak Lower East Side. Determined to make it as a musician, Maroulis auditioned and earned a spot as one of the Top 24 contestants of season four of "American Idol," which coincided with the show changing the age range of its contestants from 16-24 to 16-28.