By Andrew Gans
29 Jan 2012
|Photo by Lee Page|
Rock of Ages Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis, who is currently starring in the Alley Theatre production of The Toxic Avenger, will star in the dual title role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, who will be represented on Broadway later this season with the Disney musical Newsies, will direct and choreograph.
A pre-tour preview engagement will be presented at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA, Sept. 7-30, 2012.
Conceived for the stage by Tony and Grammy nominee Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, the four-time Tony-nominated musical Jekyll & Hyde features a book and lyrics by two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and four-time Tony Award nominee Leslie Bricusse and music by Wildhorn.
Following a 30-city tour, the original Broadway production opened at The Plymouth Theatre April 28, 1997, and earned four Tony Award nominations. Directed by Robin Phillips and choreographed by Joey Pizzi, the production starred Robert Cuccioli, Linda Eder and Christianne Noll. After 1,543 performances and featuring such replacements as Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff in the title role, the production played its final performance Jan. 7, 2001.
"American Idol" finalist Maroulis earned a 2009 Best Actor Tony Award nomination for portraying Drew, an aspiring musician with pipes of steel in the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages. He originated the role in the Off-Broadway production at New World Stages in 2008. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel… and the national tour of Rent.
Additional cast and creative team, as well as tour cities, will be announced shortly.