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For Constantine Maroulis, this could very well be the moment.
Maroulis, who shot to fame on "American Idol" and received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for his work in Rock of Ages, is portraying the title roles in the reconceived, Broadway-bound production of the musical Jekyll & Hyde.
And though this is his first time carrying a show, the supremely confident Maroulis is neither daunted by the responsibility or by the challenge of playing dual roles.
Jekyll & Hyde, by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, previews in La Mirada, CA, in September before kicking off its 25-week national tour in San Diego on Oct. 2. It's set to arrive on Broadway next spring. The musical co-stars Deborah Cox and is directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun. The original production opened on Broadway in 1997 and was critically disparaged, but developed a huge following and had a solid run of 1,543 performances.
The show has since become an international phenomenon, with more than 35 productions worldwide. This latest version features a revised script, a slightly different song list, new orchestrations and a new physical production.
"Any time you have a title with such history and recognition, it's important to take a fresh look at it," says Maroulis. "I'm a huge fan of Frank's music, but oddly enough I've never seen Jekyll & Hyde. Neither has Jeff. And I think that's a nice place to start. Because I've never seen anyone do the part before, and because we're taking such a fresh look at the material, I feel like I'm creating a new role. We feel we have a really lean and mean script. The cast is amazing, and Jeff is a very meticulous, detail-oriented director. Our approach is very grounded and very real, not over the top."
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