TV Weekly Recap: Idol Alum Rocks on Broadway!


Apr. 10 2009, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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I loved my time off last week in the Caribbean, but I was so glad to be back in NYC this week and indulge in one of my favorite pastimes: musical theater!

Catching a preview of Brunch, The Musical was a nice warm-up for my main dish Tuesday night: the Broadway opening of Rock of Ages, which stars American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis!

Constantine plays Drew (or should I say Wolfgang Von Colt!), a young guy who dreams of making it big on the Hollywood Sunset Strip rock scene in the 1980s.

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This musical comes with a soundtrack of ’80 hits you’re guaranteed to know and sing along with.

Being the originator of a Broadway role makes Constantine the first Idol eligible for a Tony nomination, though the singer isn’t trying to dwell on that.

“I don’t really think about stuff, I’m just so blessed to be able to create a role on Broadway,” he told me at the show’s opening after-party.

“All that stuff will come if it’s meant to happen. I just want people to love our show as much as I do.”

Of course, if Constantine does find himself with a statuette in his hands on Tony night, he won’t forget his Idol roots.

He’ll give a shout out from the podium, just like past Idol winner Carrie Underwood did when she won Entertainer of the Year at the American Country Music Awards this past Sunday.

“I owe so much to American Idol, I would thank them, thank 19 Entertainment, thank the judges, I’d thank everybody!” Constantine declared.

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Simon, cue up your DVR. He might have this one in the bag!?

Catch Constantine in Rock of Ages, now playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in NYC.

Fashion alert: I was catching up on few past episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City when I spotted Jill Zarin wearing some fabulous multi-colored earrings that I was dying to cop myself.

So I did a little research. Turns out they are the Gwen Earrings by designer Kendra Scott and thoroughly affordable!

Those Housewives know how to be fabulous, and frugal!

Until next week, fellow Fanatics!


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