The news just broke a few hours ago...
Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis will reprise his performance in the national tour of the 1980s-set rock musical Rock of Ages, which will launch Sept. 21 in Chicago.
Maroulis earned a 2009 Best Actor Tony Award nomination for portraying Drew, an aspiring musician with pipes of steel in the Tony-nominated musical. He originated the role in the Off-Broadway production at New World Stages in 2008.
Lead producers Matthew Weaver and Carl Levin stated, "[Constantine] is the heart and soul of our show, and we're thrilled that all of America will get to see his incredible performance."
Maroulis has also appeared on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel… and the national tour of Rent. He is best known as a finalist on the 2005 season of "American Idol." A new solo CD is forthcoming.
Current tour dates include:
Philadelphia, PA (Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at the Hippodrome Theatre)
Boston, MA (Oct. 6-17 at the Colonial Theatre)
Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 19-24 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Cincinnati (Oct. 26-Nov. 7 at the Aronoff Center)
Pittsburgh, PA (Nov. 23-28 at the Benedum Center)
Columbus, OH (Dec. 7-12 at the Palace Theatre)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dec. 28, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011, at the Broward Center)
Orlando, FL (Jan. 11-16, 2011, at the Carr PAC)
Clearwater, FL (Jan. 18-23, 2011)
Louisville, KY (Jan. 25-30, 2011, at the Robert Whitney Hall)
Seattle, WA (Feb. 8-13, 2011, at the Paramount Theatre)
Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 15-27, 2011, at the Pantages Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (March 1-8, 2011)
Indianapolis, IN (April 12-17, 2011, at the Clowes Memorial Hall)
Des Moines, IA (April 19-24, 2011)
Kansas City, MO (May 3-8, 2011, at the Municipal Auditorium)
San Antonio, TX (May 10-15, 2011, at the Majestic Theatre)
Dallas, TX (May 31-June 12, 2011, at the AT&T PAC)
Houston, TX (May 31-June 12, 2011)
Washington, DC (July 12-24, 2011)
The Rock of Ages tour will reunite original director, Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreographer by Kelly Devine. The musical was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
So if you can't get to the Brooks Atkinson, let the ROCK come to you!!!