Back in real-life 1987, Constantine Maroulis was a middle schooler in suburban New Jersey, listening to “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses and starting to dabble in theater.
In “Rock of Ages” 1987, he’s a big-city rocker, saving the day and falling in love on the Sunset Strip. This time it’s fictional, but the music’s the same.
“It’s a rock ’n’ roll experience, but it’s a Broadway experience,” says Maroulis, a former “American Idol” finalist, and Tony Award nominee — for his starring role in this production.
“Rock of Ages” isn’t a typical musical, not with a set list that includes tunes by REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and Poison.
“If you’re the dude who doesn’t go to Broadway shows, you’re going to love this,” says Maroulis. “And your girl is going to love it more.”
‘Rock of Ages’
Through Oct. 17
106 Boylston St., Boston
MBTA: Green Line to Boylston