ROCK OF AGES star Constantine Maroulis has defended Broadway's beleaguered Spider-Man musical as a "beautiful" piece of art, insisting the producers are right to push the boundaries of theatre.
The Tony-nominated actor and former American Idol contestant recently saw a preview performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been marred by delays and numerous onstage accidents.
Actress Natalie Mendoza recently quit her role in the show after struggling to recover from a head injury, while stuntman Christopher Tierney was hospitalised last month (Dec10) after falling from a ledge during a performance.
Maroulis concedes the injuries which have blighted the cast have been "unfortunate", but he's adamant the final production will be worth the wait.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, "It was the most poetic, provocative and beautiful piece of theatre I've seen in a long f**king time. I realise theatre is not a contact sport but they're in a fight, making art, creating something that's bigger than anything...
"I was home (in New York City) and ran to the theatre (to see the musical). I'd heard about the budget and all the talk in the news. Sure, actors are at risk sometimes, but we have an incredibly powerful union and they're doing everything they can to make the environment safe. It's unfortunate that people get hurt, but everyone wants to be there or they'd leave like Natalie Mendoza did...
"People are going to attack it like they do everyday in the New York Post. But some shows are critic-proof. Look at Wicked. It got c**p reviews and it's the biggest show in the world grossing billions of dollars as we speak, it's just bananas."