The former American Idol fourth-season finalist will star in an off-Broadway run of Rock of Ages, Daily Varietyreported Tuesday.
Maroulis will play the lead role of a young rocker looking for his big break in Hollywood while the club he regularly calls home is threatened by developers. Since the show is set in 1987, it will include music of that era from Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Styx, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake.
The musical will be directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine, with arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
Rock of Ages originally ran for seven weeks in Los Angeles in early 2006 at the Vanguard Hollywood and also played for a week in Las Vegas later that year. It is currently slated to begin previews at off-Broadway's New World Stages on September 30, with an official opening scheduled for October 16.
A graduate of both the Boston Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music, Maroulis has been a constant in the theater world since he was the seventh finalist eliminated from Idol's Spring 2005 fourth season.
In September 2006 he joined the Broadway cast of The Wedding Singer and turned that into a role in the off-Broadway musical revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris that began early last year. He was recently seen in the Premier Theatre Company's production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he played Judas.
Maroulis has also appeared on the small screen since Idol, as he had a cameo on Law & Order: SVU and a limited run in The Bold and the Beautiful last May.
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