Broadway leading man and American Idol veteran Constantine Maroulis will continue his Tony-nominated turn as Drew in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, producers announced August 4. The star, who was originally booked the production through September 2009, has renewed his contract for a full year, through summer 2010.
“I am thrilled to be able to continue in my role in ROA,” Maroulis said in a statement. “To be able to create a role on Broadway and get nominated for a Tony has been a dream come true. I want to thank the producers for all the support they have given me and this show.”
Maroulis was first contacted by Rock of Ages following his exit from American Idol in 2005, but did not join the production until its off-Broadway debut in October 2008. The show transferred to Broadway in March 2009, going on to score five Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Maroulis. The star previously appeared on Broadway in The Wedding Singer and off-Broadway in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, where small town girl Sherri meets big city rocker Drew in L.A.’s most famous rock club. Their love story is told through the face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more.
Rock of Ages was written by Chris D’Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine. It currently stars Maroulis, James Carpinello, Savannah Wise, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler, Wesley Taylor, Ericka Hunter, Jeremy Jordan, Michael Minarik, Angel Reed, Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines, Katherine Tokarz, Andre Ward, Tad Wilson and Jeremy Woodard.