Those areas were going through a big change back then – it was how it was in , the Bay Ridge like in the movie, a tough place. ” And then I realized that maybe it was the only thing I could do – to focus on my work, my family and try to bring joy, art and escape to people and that would be my gift in a way – as a way of giving back because that was such a dark time for my family. CM: I went to the Williamstown Theatre Festival as an apprentice with movie stars like Chris Pine. There wasn’t even internet back then like it is today – I had an email that I would check once a week. C., cut the line like two real New Yorkers (laughs) got our bracelets and came back two days later after spending time in a hotel having fun. It was a thirty-minute show and they always incorporated music into it. It was a great time and I met some awesome friends along the way that I’m still very close to. Maybe I’ll pull a James Franco and head back to the soaps one day! You’ve got to be nice, cool, professional, and do your job as best as you can. PT: We were really bummed when you they let you go on . I’m still in touch with Bo [Bice] and good friends with Chris Daughtry who was the season after me. He came in with a mixed music tape – it even had handwriting all over it and said, “This is pretty much the show right here.” I said, “This is awesome! ” And he said, “Yup.” And I was like, “Wow.” At the time they had done some LA productions where they would show up with a band and a couple of hot chicks and basically throw together the show.My brother and sister were older – there’s a big age difference between us – 10 and 11 years. There is a 10-year age difference between my sister and me. I think I just worshipped my family and wanted to do what they did. I had this belty huge voice from like 5, 6, 7 years old. I’ll play sports.” And then he did the best thing that anybody could have done – he put me in the ensemble. And then you do the shows at school in the coming year and you work your way up. I think our story line was a little bit crazy, but even the experience of being out there acting for the camera for the first time – it’s different than when you’re on stage. PT: (Wayne) Believe it or not, you’ve done so many different things in your career that I was going to compare you to him. I’ve always admired newsy types and the craft in what they do. He’s working on some great new things and I may be even be touring with him at some point. Then they got a couple of bucks to go to Vegas and do a three-week stint. CLOUD -- A former American Idol contestant headlines this years Autumn Moon fundraiser.

PT: (Stephanie) I find it hard to believe that you have trouble there. CM: Well…I may not be lucky in the relationship department, but I have a beautiful daughter and a great life. And then when I was a freshman or sophomore it was my turn to audition for . CM: Yes and it was for the same director that my brother had. PT: You did eventually go to the Boston Conservatory. I was a young twenty-one and I met all these cats that went to the Boston Conservatory and the Berklee College of music. He has a new show on HBO called , some people have just fallen off the face of the Earth after it, others have distanced themselves from it, but you’ve embraced it. Sherrie [the female lead] was a revolving door for many years, but there was the constant of these three or four guys really working on the show. I think that’s an important part of the collaborative process – a director or writer being willing to hear and listen to the actors. I have a big show at the Ridgefield Playhouse – a beautiful town, great space, great venue, awesome staff. But there will also be a lot of material from hits of mine like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and some of the stuff everyone’s gotten to know me for over the years. PT: It sounds like it – we’re really looking forward to it! I do these early February, frozen tundra tours (laughs). And then we go to Boston and New Jersey after that. PT: A big of our audience is made up of artists – actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors. But we have an amazing team and cast in place already. The writer, director, creator is this French kid Hisham [Abdel Khalek]. CM: I’m already going through episode one right now making notes. PT: That’s how so many shows have started including . Look at what these kids did with Vine – the inventiveness is incredible. PT: (Wayne) What is amazing is that all of these content providers are producing entities now.

As far as my older brother and sister, I just worshipped them. My brother loved everything from jazz to Goth music – David Bowie, Bauhaus. The film would be on TV every year and we would watch it. He’s an accomplished producer in the underground music world. And I went in there thinking I was all cool – like, I got Tony because nobody can sing like me. They said, “You should go and get some money and a scholarship. They will probably knock it down to three years.” So that’s what I did. You went back a number of times, played the finale, been a commentator on many shows talking about later seasons. And I think that’s why it became something special. PT: We totally agree, as writers and directors ourselves. I have an incredible band – Kareem Devlin “Jesus” from Lady Gaga – and all these cats from the city. We have Brian Dunne opening up, a great New York City singer and songwriter. And everyone wants to know about a performer’s process. There’s a model out there where people are just going and making the show. He’s an interesting guy who has some musicals in the works as well. We are looking at getting into production later this spring and summer for sure and knock that out. I’m sure you get the awards screeners, too and they are from Netflix and Amazon.

"It's been a fantastic year, and I know 2006 is looking to be even more exciting,” comments Constantine, “It’s great getting back together with the boys who have been so patient while Idol-mania has continued.

Pray for the Soul of Betty is a different side of me musically than what a lot of my Idol fans would expect, but that's just me.

My tastes are varied, and the rush of being on stage with them is bar none.

With the [television] show and my solo projects moving forward, I knew I wanted to get this in before it gets really busy.

To perform on the level vocally that I need to do – I have one of these big power tenor kind of things – to do everything I need to do is demanding. But getting back to the process, I really like a collaborative proves. I have an interesting sort of ride to some success. Just because your friends are all going off to school, maybe that’s not for you. PT: You such a multi-hyphenate – you sing, act, perform in all types of media and platforms. CM: I’m such a blue collar Jersey kid at the end of the day. He has produced many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video.

I like working with a director that lets me make choices and decisions. I have this like nice slow burn that’s been twenty years in the making. Looking back, I didn’t do all of the work and that’s why it took me a little time. Maybe a drama school isn’t for you, but you can go to a Penn State and take some theatre classes, some music stuff, meet people, have a normal college life, go to football games and get some real training in another craft as well. Wayne also is a practicing attorney with a Masters degree in Law from NYU.

PT: You were also on the road with that show prior to Broadway. We had such success on the road; it sold so well and people really loved the show and the music. PT: Limited runs are becoming more common on Broadway. There are so many different business models now which is so interesting. A show like that could do ten months on the road and then next summer do a ten- or twelve-week stint on Broadway. Some shows are not built to run forever on Broadway.

We took one of our teenage daughters and we all loved it. What tenor actor wouldn’t want to take a hack at that especially when the Nederlanders come calling for you and take good care of you.

It will be great touching base with my old and new Betty and Idol fans." As mentioned in a recent People Magazine feature, Constantine Maroulis, 30, has been anything but “idle” since his shocking departure from season four of American Idol in April 2005.