The Pizza Boy Delivers

The Pizza Boy Delivers

I recently interviewed Constantine Maroulis for an item in the May issue of IN New York magazine. Maroulis, who returns to Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde—he starts previews tonight (Apr. 5) for an Apr. 18 opening—is a genuinely nice guy. Pretty humble and grounded, considering his success, which he has worked very hard to achieve. “I played in bands and flipped pizzas, cut lawns, spread mulch, sold trees and waited tables for years,” he told me. “It is all part of the process.” Well, this past Wednesday, when I was dining at John’s Pizzeria in Times Square, following the matinee of Kinky Boots (great, fun show), who should walk in but the man himself. Trademark long hair flowing, under a dapper topper. I was instantly reminded of that old saying: “You can take the girl out of the Bronx, but you can’t take the Bronx out of the girl.” Or, in this case, “You can take the boy out of the pizza parlor and put his name in lights on Broadway, but you can’t take the pizza parlor out of the boy.” Way to go, Maroulis. Break a leg.