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'We need you, you need us': Constantine Maroulis on Broadway's big reopening

Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous talks to Constantine Maroulis, Tony-nominated actor and producer, about Broadway's big return and his new radio show.

Video Transcript

ZACK GUZMAN: Well, it has been a long 18-month wait since the pandemic began, but today finally the big lights down on Broadway are firing back up. Theatergoers have much to celebrate today, as do the people behind the productions. And for more on that, Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous is down there for us today on the big return, and she has a special guest. Alexis.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Thanks, Zack. Big day for theater lovers and the theater community. I am joined by two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor and producer Constantine Maroulis. It is great to see you, my friend.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: And you. And you.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: So it's been 18 long months. Tell me what this time has been like for you and your colleagues.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: It's been difficult. Been very difficult for all of us and our families. We forget it's not just about actors. It's designers. It's, you know, stagehands, front-of-house people, theaters across the country, college, communities. We've all been devastated by the pandemic, as, really, everybody has been, but we're so excited to get back to work.

We need you. You need us. We all need a little bit of an escape. The theater is the best. So today is a big day.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: For sure. And I know that you've already gotten back to some live performing. You were at MetLife Stadium this past weekend opening for the New York Giants. Wish they had a better game.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: That's true.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: But tell me what that was like being back in front of a live audience.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: You know, I've been really lucky. I've gotten to work a lot this summer, sort of carefully one-offs here and there out with my band, Foreigners Journey, or solo. And certainly being back, Giants Stadium-- it's still Giants Stadium to me. Sorry, MetLife. You know, I'm a big fan. To get on stage, all the excitement, you know, it feels like we're getting back to some sense of normalcy, which is nice. We're not all the way there yet, but we're getting there, and it feels good just to get back to work.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Now, I know during the pandemic you started a radio show--

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: I did.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: --on WABC here in New York. And the thing is you can do radio even during a pandemic, and you can social distance.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: For sure.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: And this is a rock-based show because what else would it be--

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Of course.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: --with Constantine Maroulis at the helm? Tell me about that experience for you.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Well, I grew up with WABC.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Yeah.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: On the weekends, we're getting away from the politics, away from the talk. Music radio 77, WABC, iconic call letters, of course. I grew up with Bob Grant and "Pop Radio" and Cousin Brucie. He's back. My show leads us all the way into Cousin Brucie.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Oh, that must be crazy for you.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: It's pretty cool. Every Saturday, 5:00 PM Eastern to 6:00 PM Eastern, or you can stream it worldwide, WABCMusicRadio.com. Huge guests, great interviews. I do entertainment reports throughout the week. It's been a dream.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: I bet.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: I love-- the radio is still super vital and important and a great way to push out music. We've got awesome guests from Broadway stars to rock stars to, you know, I had these Peloton stars on the other day. So we do a lot of cool stuff.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: We talk to those folks too.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: They're awesome, and that's huge.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: I know that you are also a producer. You were a producer on "Spring Awakening." Talk to me about interest from the investment community right now on Broadway. Are they skittish? Is there money out there that's being put to work?

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Of course there is some skittish, you know, vibes going on out there, but Broadway always comes back. We came back after 9/11. We've come back after the financial collapse. It always bounces back big time.

And like anything, you know, there's risk. Maybe 1 out of 5 shows really goes out there and becomes successful and recoups their investment. But look, I think invest in what you like, not just what you think might make money. Invest in something you're passionate about, but definitely support the arts because we need you and you need us.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Absolutely. And speaking about doing something you're passionate about, you are dropping a single today. It is a duet in honor of Broadway.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Yes.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: It's from a show-- from "Wicked."

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Yes.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: And you actually have your recording artist with you. Just happens to be here.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Kendra-- Kendra Erika in the house. Amazing EDM recording artist. We put out this song today, "As Long as You're Mine," from Stephen Schwartz's "Wicked," one of the biggest and all-time most iconic Broadway shows. We wanted to put out the song to celebrate all of our colleagues on Broadway. It's got a whole new twist, a whole new vibe. And I think it exudes, like, the excitement we all feel to get back to work and Broadway audiences returning and this beautiful city. Gotham is the best. We love it here on Broadway.

I mean, come on, she lives in Florida, but come on. New York is awesome, right?

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: What do you think about this energy here?

KENDRA ERIKA: Well, to go back to the-- Boca Raton is like the eighth borough of New York.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: That is true. That is true.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Down in Boca.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: So listen, I mean, and talk about, like, everything coming back to life. How vital is Broadway to, like, New York City--

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Of course.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: --reopening.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: The restaurants.

- [INAUDIBLE] go, man.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Thanks, Papi. Times Square, baby.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Got lots of fans here.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: The hotels, the restaurants, the tourism. Like I said, the front-of-house people, that all of their families are affected. You know, New York transit, whatnot.

It's a cyclical effect. It's a domino effect. When Broadway is popping--

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Yeah.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: --things are really good in New York. You know, so absolutely come support shows.

I said this on my radio show the other day. I just want to see a crappy show. I just want to sit in an audience.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Actually, what show are you most excited about seeing right now?

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Wow. There's some great stuff. You know, I still haven't seen "To Kill a Mockingbird."

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Oh, and that is coming back.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: One of my favorite books of all time. The play is apparently amazing. Jeff Daniels is coming back. So I'd love to see that play.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Yeah.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: But there's nothing like a musical. You know what? I might just go see "Phantom of the Opera," like a classic.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: A classic. You cannot go wrong.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: I'm going to go see "Hadestown," everything.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: All right, listen, Constantine Maroulis, welcome back to Broadway. So good to see you. Best of luck, Kendra, with the single that's out today.

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS: Yeah.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Guys, thanks so much. We're going to send it back to the studio.