Constantine Maroulis

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Constantine Maroulis

Birdland Theater, NYC, September 23, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis has found a niche in contemporary Broadway as the perennial rocker bad boy. Despite his stage mastery and the constant high energy that he thrusts upon the audience, it was apparent that he could also sing the hell out of a song when needed.

In a lot of ways that strong, clear voice, combined with high intensity, makes Maroulis’ show resemble a classic rock band going wild. However, he is a Broadway guy and was keen to show it. He opened the show with two numbers from West Side Story, “Maria” and “Somewhere” (Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim). To all of the adoring fans who packed Birdland Theater, this must have been the perfect start to what would prove to be a strong show featuring originals, rock songs, and a smart selection of Broadway numbers.

Maroulis’ originals were well crafted and captured an array of emotions from forgiveness for others to young love to being a young father. Structurally, the songs were complex and included shifts from long melodic, listless introductory verses into intriguing choruses. For example, in his team-up with Sam Hollander about Boston, he sang, “Boston was life for the young and wild/hitchhiked to Cape Cod/Camped on somebody’s dead beach in the night” before launching into choruses about his foolish young love. On the next song, about fatherhood, the verse stated, “Should have never come home, should have never read my phone/you’re playing with fire/is this the curtain call or is there something higher?

” These songs worked because they combined the long narrative style of many Broadway numbers with the heart-pumping choruses of other songs in Maroulis’ repertoire, such as “Oh! Darling” by George Martin and the Beatles.

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This material is part of an upcoming CD titled Until I’m Wanted.

Maroulis was joined for the whole show by an incredible violinist, Rebecca Cherry, who matched his intensity and every vocalization.

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Also contributing wonderful support and a strong solo was Drew Cooper on guitar.

Chris Struck

Chris Struck's debut novel, Kennig and Gold, is due to be officially published in June 2019. He's written reviews for Cabaret Scenes since August of 2017. For more information about the writer, see