Constantine Maroulis and Other 'American Idol' Finalists Who Found Success on Broadway

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Former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis has carved out quite the niche for himself as the leading man in a variety of Broadway musicals, including "Rock of Ages" and the upcoming "Jekyll & Hyde" revival. Now, he's adding another notch on his Broadway belt in a musical based on the music of Air Supply, "Lost in Love."

"'Lost in Love' is set in England in the early 1900s and has a 'Downton Abbey' feel. As royalty and emerging American wealth collide, a man and a woman must follow tradition or live for love," the producers behind the musical said in a statement.

Maroulis will play the lead character Eduardo, an Italian prince rich on charm but thin in the wallet. No word when the play will open to audiences, but a staged reading is planned for industry insiders in New York City in April.

Broadway has become the ultimate destination for a variety of "American Idol" finalists and winners over the years. Who else has found a home on the Great White Way?

Jordin Sparks

"Idol" winner Jordin Sparks has found both commercial success since she won the show in 2007 with songs like "Battlefield" and "No Air." She also appeared on Broadway in 2010 as the lead character Nina Rosario in the popular show "In the Heights."

It's a dream to be on Broadway," she told in 2010. "I've done some community theater and did drama club, then all of a sudden Idol happened and I had my solo career, but this is a dream I've always had. I just thought it would be another five or ten years down the road!"


Fantasia Barrino captured the hearts of "American Idol" fans when she won the third season of the show. She went on to sell a million copies of her debut album, but her success waned. Ultimately, she decided that Broadway was the place for her when Oprah hand-picked her for the musical adaptation of "The Color Purple."

However, Fantasia spent more time away from the show than she did starring in it, missing some 60 shows during her run in 2009. She later appeared on Oprah to talk about the personal struggles that kept her away from the show.

"I had never done a Broadway play," Barrino told Oprah. She revealed that her voice gave her problems during the show, prompting frequent visits to the hospital. "I wasn't really prepared for what all comes with it. That's a lot on Broadway--eight shows a week… I would get very tired, not enough sleep. I was pushing myself." 2009

Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard, the season two winner of "American Idol", never quite achieved the commercial success of his buddy and competitor, Clay Aiken. However, he found success with another "Idol" cast-off, Frenchie Davis, in the Broadway adaptation of "Ain't Misbehaving." He later took the musical on the road with Davis.

Broadway wasn't his plan, though.

"They contacted me about two years ago," Studdard told an Alabama newspaper in 2009. "Debra Bird, the music director for 'Idol,' called me and said they were putting together a 30th-anniversary tour. I blew it off a little bit. She called me back a week later and said, 'I'm serious.'"

The rest - as they say - was history.

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