Constantine Maroulis Takes the Two Faces of Jekyll and Hyde on the Road

By Sheryl Flatow
21 Sep 2012

Deborah Cox and Constantine Maroulis
Photo by Smallz & Raskind

In the musical, Dr. Henry Jekyll tries to find a cure for his father's mental illness by conducting an experiment that he says will be able to isolate and separate the warring natures of good and evil present in every man. He uses himself as a test case, and in so doing unleashes his evil doppelgänger, Edward Hyde. Maroulis says he didn't have to look further than his own life to find a way into Jekyll's mind and heart.

"My father's been sick a long time," he says. "He's hanging in there, but he's not the same man he used to be. So I'm actually going through a lot of the same things that Henry Jekyll is going through. I'm someone who's had some success and I'm at a good place in my life, but I can't do anything to help my father. So this is quite personal to me. I go into it with one, simple objective: to save my father's life. The stakes are that high. For me it all starts in that earnest place, and grows from there.

"I feel like people are going to be very moved by the show," Maroulis continues. "I don't think there's been a definitive production anywhere in the world, and I feel this has the potential to be the one. Now it's up to me to deliver the goods."

(This feature appears in the September 2012 subscription issue of Playbill magazine.)