Stage and screen stars celebrate Back to the 80’s at the Canal Room

Denim and leather were in high demand as the stars walked down the pink carpet at the Canal Room on Monday night. In celebration of their 10th anniversary the Canal Room held the opening of six Back to the Eighties concerts featuring Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis. The 80s tribute band Jessie’s Girl have become a staple at the venue for playing familiar rock anthems every Saturday night. Guest appearances were made by rapper Rob Base and singer-songwriter Tiffany. Broadway personalities in attendance included Nick Adams, Rachelle Rak, Montego Glover, Lena Hall, Gregory Jbara and more. Stage Door Dish had a chance to chat with some of the Broadway stars in attendance.


Constantine Maroulis

SDD: Your turn in Jekyll & Hyde definitely had some rock-n-roll undercurrents. Are you going to bring some of that to the stage tonight?

Constantine Maroulis: Jekyll & Hyde was an amazing experience for me. When the Nederlanders call you directly and they’re like, ‘You’re going to star in our new show,’ you stop whatever you’re doing and run. It was an amazing year of my life. We took it on the road and we came to Broadway for a short stint. To work with Deborah Cox, just a world-class talent, and our great cast was just really amazing for me. It was an amazing journey. I think I incorporate a little of that rock-n-roll energy into everything I do. I can’t wait to do something completely different. I’ve gotten to do The Wedding Singer and Rock of Ages and gotten to see that become a huge brand across the world. Then I did Jekyll and now I’m back in the club, like my old days when I started. I’m excited about taking this project to the next level, too. We’ve got a great group of performers and some amazing guests coming tonight. We’ll be here every Saturday night, so it’s exciting.

SDD: If you had access to a time machine and could go back to one rock-n-roll concert in the ‘80s, what would you choose?

CM: Only because it’s the first thing that came to my head, but I’d love to go to my first concert. It was ‘Til Tuesday and Rick Springfield. I would love to go back and meet that young singer, me, again and watch him take in an experience like that. It wasn’t something like, ‘I have to see Rick Springfield and ‘Til Tuesday.’ My neighbors took us because they had a box up in the Meadowlands. That was my first real rock star concert. It changed my life. It was bigger than life and definitely set me on the path to do what I’m doing. It would nice go back to that moment and re-experience that.

Nick Adams

Nick Adams

SDD: We hear you have a new show coming up at Birdland.

Nick Adams: I do!

SDD: Could you tell us a little bit about that?
Yes. It’s was Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli. It’s the first time they’ve been together again in twenty years or something crazy like that. It’s a benefit for the Actors Fund and the Phyllis Newman’s Women’s Health Initiative because Lorna just went through some breast cancer and she’s now on the other end of it. It’s sort of a celebration, a party for her.

SDD: If you had access to a time machine and could go back to one rock concert, ‘80s or otherwise, which would it be?

NA: The Rolling Stones. That was actually my first concert as a kid, when they were on tour. I’d want to go back to the 80s and see their really big glory days.

SDD: I asked Constantine the same question and he had the same answer.

NA: Really?

SDD: Yeah, a little nostalgia with the rock-n-roll.

NA: It’s the true, die-hard rock-n-roll. You can’t get more authentic than that.

Montego Glover

Montego Glover

SDD: You had your turn on the late, great NBC drama Smash this season. Could you tell us just a little bit about that experience, anything that you took away or any fun times on the show?

Montego Glover: Well, the cast is full of just amazingly talented people. The must fun was just working out all the business between musical numbers and trying to keep each other sane. It was really about enjoying doing the show. It was about something that is very specific to New York City, putting up a Broadway show. You can’t really talk about that truthfully in any other place than New York. It was really cool to do that.

SDD: If you had access to a time machine and could go back to one rock-n-roll concert, what would it be?

MG: Jon Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet. Done and done.

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