The worst-kept secret in Broadway casting has been officially confirmed by a spokesman: David Hasselhoff, the singing star and hairy hunk from TV's "Baywatch," will be both harrowing and hairy in the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, beginning Oct. 17.
This will mark the Broadway debut of the 48-year-old actor producer internationally known for the syndicated eye-candy lifeguard series, "Baywatch" and "Baywatch Nights." Hasselhoff's pop singing is a sensation in Europe, where his fans clamor for his concerts.
Rocker Sebastian Bach, the current good-and-evil characters in the Frank Wildhorn-Leslie Bricusse tuner at the Plymouth Theatre, leaves the show Oct. 15, after drawing in a new audience. The rest of the cast are expected to continue in their roles through the fall.
The casting of Hasselhoff had been rumored for months. Pop singer and soap star Jack Wagner was the previous star of the bloody show, which has a faithful legion of fans known as "Jekkies."
Beyond being known for the standout tune, "This is the Moment," Jekyll & Hyde is remembered for its much-parodied transformation of Dr. Jekyll to evil Mr. Hyde, which requires the actor to shake out a long mane of hair to suggest the character's chaotic nature. Wagner was wigged, Bach is not. No word yet on Hasselhoff.