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Original Tony-Nominated Star Reprises Role in 'Rock of Ages'

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Constantine Maroulis returns to the hit broadway musical "Rock of Ages." For fans of the hard rocking 80's musical, that is definitely reason to celebrate. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

I am here at Rock of Ages and you know I am feeling a little bit rock n roll, but honestly I am not really rockin' the 80's the way I could be, especially for someone who grew up in that totally awesome decade.

So before I meet up with returning star Constantine Maroulis, I decided to get a bit of an 80's makeover.

She gave me a scrunchie and side pony tail—a look I rocked circa 1986.

Renee Kelly, Hair and Makeup Supervisor: "A lot of fun with the different irons and that.. this is not something you get to do on every show, I don't care."
Simon: "You don't do a lot of crimping on Broadway musicals?"
Kelly:: "No. Not so much, not so much."

Next, wardrobe supervisor Wendall Goings dresses me in an outfit I never wore in high school.

But now I'm ready to meet up with Constantine, who has his own 80's flashbacks.

"Boys—unless you were a rocker or your mother allowed you to have the mullet, which mine never would. I was like, 'Let me just' 'No!' So it was never happening. It was always like short hair," Maroulis says.

Now, Constantine is the rocker, singing some of his favorite teen rebellion songs and some familar ballads.

"Definitely Poison. You know that's like eighth grade, 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn.' I was doing teen canteen slow dances to that for sure," Maroulis says.

Returning to to the role of Drew—which he originated on Broadway five years ago and received a Tony nomination for—Maroulis says the magic of the show is the music, the nostalgia, and the fact that this hard rocking, hilarious show has a lot of heart.

"We've brought an amazing audience to Broadway," Maroulis says.

Fan: "It takes me back to my youth."

Simon:"Did you rock any of this back then?"
Fan: "Yes."

So work on your best rock 'n' roll face and come on out for some big-haired 80s fun.

For more information, go to rockofagesmusical.com or follow @ConstantineM and @rockofages on Twitter.

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