American Idol finalist turned Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis is back on the boards in a killer new production of Jekyll & Hyde, now playing at the Marquis Theatre. And while Maroulis is the only Idol vet to score a Tony nomination, he is definitely not the only alum of the popular reality show to find himself on Broadway. Idol winners Jordin Sparks, Taylor Hicks and Fantasia Barrino all appeared on the Great White Way, as well as runners-up Clay Aiken, Justin Guarini and Diana DeGarmo. With all these Idols on Broadway, we asked you choose which former Idol gave the best performance on the Main Stem. Check out the results below!
1. Clay Aiken in Spamalot - 49%
The fans have spoken, and the Holy Grail of Idol performances on Broadway was Clay Aiken’s stint as Sir Robin in the Tony-winning musical Spamalot. Aiken showed off his comical chops while also showcasing his unbelievable pipes in “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway.” Aiken even picked up a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement in 2008. Check him out in the video below.
2. Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages - 11%
Constantine Maroulis first made his Broadway debut as Sammy in the 80s musical The Wedding Singer. He then kept a good thing going by originating the role of rocker Drew in the hit 80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages, landing himself a Tony nomination and Broadway.com’s Star of the Year honor. Take a trip down memory lane in the video below to see Maroulis and co-star Amy Spanger performing “Heaven.”
3. Fantasia Barrino in The Color Purple - 8%
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner for Favorite Replacement in 2007, Fantasia Barrino set Broadway aflame with her performance as Celie in the Tony nominated musical The Color Purple. Fans of American Idol were already well aware that the season 3 winner could sing her face off, but few were prepared for the vulnerable and moving character Barrino created. If you missed Barrino’s performance, get a feel for her Celie in the video below from the 2007 Tony Awards.
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