'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Shines Under the Stars in Hollywood
The season four finalist guests with Linda Eder for a post-Tonys mash-up of Broadway and rock 'n' roll at the Ford Amphitheatre.
The stars were shining over the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood Monday night for a "Night After the Tonys" concert by two Broadway stars, both making rare L.A. appearances.
Constantine Maroulis, last seen in Southern California for a run of Rock of Ages at the Pantages, combined his love for rock and roll and Broadway scores in a well-received set that featured songs from Jesus Christ, Superstar ("Heaven on Their Minds") and Chess ("Pity the Child") and a classic he sang on American Idol nine years ago, "Bohemian Rhapsody." His 2005 rendition of the Queen hit is regarded among many to be one of Idol’s best performances of all time.
While there were many Idol-watchers in the audience, the majority of the crowd was there to see headliner Linda Eder, who admitted she visits L.A. infrequently because of her fear of flying. Like Maroulis, Eder competed on a TV talent show. She was the winner of Star Search in 1988.
Eder and Maroulis have something else in common -- both have starred in productions of the musical Jekyll & Hyde, composed by Eder's ex-husband, Frank Wildhorn. If you didn’t know that they didn’t appear in the show at the same time, it became obvious when Eder started singing "Dangerous Game" from the show and had to pause when Maroulis missed his cue to join her on stage for a surprise duet. Laughing, Eder called him out and Maroulis appeared from stage right, exclaiming, "I was doing my version!"
Eder then stopped the show to explain her original idea was to bring Maroulis out and have a short conversation with him before performing their duet but she was "overruled." Thanks to Maroulis' delay, she got her wish after all.
The evening began with a relatively unknown local quartet, Company Men, who presented a set of mash-ups, like a combination of the Temptations’ "Get Ready" and Katy Perry's "Firework." They easily won over the audience, which was also generous in its applause for Maroulis and Eder.