The key to success for the musical Rock of Ages has been, according to star Constantine Maroulis, its appeal to a male audience. Musical theater is not something that most dudes just flock to. Well, we created a dude musical, basically. And thats been a big part of our core audience, says Maroulis, a Tony Award nominee and former American Idol finalist.
The irrepressible Maroulis, who termed ROA a big old hit record for me, told us that his character is somewhat of an underdog. Most people think I play some kind of rock star. I dont. I play this wannabe barback whos just trying to write a song and make it in the business, and he meets this tremendous girl and she changes his life.
The show is densely packed with songs from the 80s. Maroulis said he grew up with the music of Bon Jovi, Poison and Twisted Sister. He wasnt as well acquainted with the Journey, Styx and Foreigner songs hed heard them but didnt have them memorized before starting with Rock of Ages.
Asked for his favorite songs, he said it doesnt get much better than when he gets to sing Journeys Dont Stop Believin. He also says its a great moment when he gets to wail a high note on Here I Go Again. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, Through June 12. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713‑558-8887 or visit www.tuts.com. $24 to $104.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 31. Continues through June 12, 2011