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'Idol's' Maroulis having a blast in 'Rock of Ages'

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 Constantine Maroulis, a finalist on season four of “American Idol” and a Tony Award nominee, plays the role of Drew in “Rock of Ages” which will be performed at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday through Sunday. 

Special Photo Constantine Maroulis, a finalist on season four of “American Idol” and a Tony Award nominee, plays the role of Drew in “Rock of Ages” which will be performed at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday through Sunday. 

Broadway’s “Rock of Ages,” featuring five-time Tony Award nominee and former “American Idol” Constantine Maroulis, is coming to the Fox Theatre on Tuesday through July 10 as part of the show’s first national tour.

Maroulis, playing the character of Drew, said the play just exploded in New York and “turned Broadway upside down for a couple of years” before they took the show on the road.

The show takes place in 1987 on the Sunset Strip where a small-town girl falls in love with a big-city dreamer in Los Angeles’ most legendary rock club to the hit songs of rockers like Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and Whitesnake.

If you go

• What: “Rock of Ages” featuring Constantine Maroulis

• When: Tuesday through July 10

• Where: The Fox Theatre

• For more information: visit www.theaterofthestars.com

“My character Drew, he is just a Midwest kid (who) grew up in the ’80s loving MTV and sort of fantasizing about being a rock star, you know, the whole cliche moves out to L.A. in his little (run-down) car and loads it up with his guitars and all of his stuff and hopes to be discovered, but realizes that it’s a lot harder than he thinks,” Maroulis said.

The show, which does include toilet humor, adult dancing and edgy material, is recommended for people ages 13 and older.

“It’s a blast,” Maroulis said. “Great show for adults, for young people, young adults to come out with their friends, have some drinks, have an amazing night out and sing along with the great songs and really be blown away by the amazing show and unique experience out at the theater.”

Maroulis also has a connection with Drew that he applies to the character, making Drew more real on stage.

“I grew up as a dreamer,” Maroulis said. “I grew up wanting to be a rock star, being totally influenced by the videos on MTV as a kid and all that. I grew up in a big family, and I place Drew in a big family. I’m from New York, from New Jersey, the East Coast, and he’s a Midwest kid, so some of our coming-up stuff is a little different, but we come from a big family and the support of that, and we both have to work.”

Maroulis said he first got introduced to the role immediately following his experience on “American Idol” and was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Drew.

“It’s just been a huge experience for me, and a humbling experience, too, to be nominated for a Tony for best actor and garnering all the success and reviews and whatnot,” Maroulis said. “It’s just been huge for me. It’s been a blast and a pleasure.”

Maroulis said he has had to work hard to get to where he is and it feels like a dream, but he is ready to get back to New York to be with his family and his 6-month-old daughter.

After the show’s performance in Atlanta, “Rock of Ages” and Maroulis will make one final stop. But don’t lose hope if you miss the showing, “Rock of Ages” will be hitting the big screen in no time.

“A huge movie is in the works — Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand,” Maroulis said. “They are a few weeks into the production, the “Rock of Ages” movie. I’ve been asked to be a part of that, so I’m excited about that and that’ll be a nice way to cap off my journey, no pun intended, with rock of ages. It’s bitter sweet definitely.”

Maroulis said he believes his adventure with “Rock of Ages” has been the most rewarding experience of his life, and he is looking forward to performing in the Fox Theatre.