It is the classic tale of good and evil, but the touring musical “Jekyll & Hyde” is more progressive then its predecessors! The show, which recently played six shows at the acclaimed Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC, offers a hip, edgy and sexier tone in the reinterpreted Broadway production.
“Jekyll & Hyde” stars season four “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis—who landed a Tony Award nomination for his lead role in Broadway’s “Rock of Ages;” and Grammy-nominated R&B/Dance diva Deborah Cox—who made her Broadway debut in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical “Aida.”
“Jekyll & Hyde” tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Maroulis), a devoted man of science striving to accomplish a medical breakthrough that would help his sick father.
When a board of society’s elite refuses to grant him the thing he needs to fulfill his experiment, Dr. Jekyll takes matters into his own hands by using himself as the experiment and accidentally unleashes his demonic alter ego Edward Hyde.
During Dr. Jekyll’s dark and dangerous experiment gone array, he falls in love with the main attraction at “The Red Rat,” Lucy (Cox), who is an illiterate prostitute with a heart of gold.
The reworked show features new choreography and direction from Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun.
The music of “Jekyll & Hyde” is the driving force of the show. It features contemporary songs from multiple genres and the material fits the stars like a custom tailored suit. Big numbers like Maroulis’ performance of “This is the Moment” command huge ovations throughout the production!
The show features original music by Frank Wildhorn, who has also penned songs like Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” Stacy Lattisaw’s “Miracles,” Regina Belle’s “Intimate Relations,” Robin S.’s “What I Do Best” and a catalog of other pop, country and other show tunes. With his background, it’s no wonder that “Jekyll & Hyde” songs like—one of the show’s highlights—”Someone Like You” could easily be recorded by Cox, released to radio now and she would have a hit on her hands!
Both Cox and Maroulis shine brightly in this production and hearing them belt, croon and harmonize the eclectic mix of music in the show creates anticipation for new solo recordings from both stars!
Another standout in the show is co-star Teal Wicks, who plays Dr. Jekyll’s fiancée Emma in the play. She’s warm and engaging and has great vocal tone. Wicks and Cox deliver a show-stopping moment when they deliver an impeccable performance of “In His Eyes.”
“Jekyll & Hyde” has a mature theme and may not be the musical to take your kids too, but it’s a show worth seeing if just for the music alone!
“Jekyll & Hyde” was on Broadway from April 28, 1997 and closed on Jan. 7, 2001 and played 1,543 performances. The revamped touring production will play a limited run back on Broadway in 2013.
The production is currently playing Detroit, and has dates scheduled in Dallas, Philadelphia, Providence, Rhode Island and Durham, North Carolina to follow.
For a detailed tour schedule, go to www.jekyllandhydemusical.com.
VIDEO: Watch this promotional video for “Jekyll & Hyde.”