Jekyll & Hyde Tour, Starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox, Kicks Off Oct. 2
By Andrew Gans
Following a preview engagement at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Nederlander Presentations' Broadway-aimed production of Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde officially launches its national tour Oct. 2 at San Diego's Civic Theatre.
Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis heads the cast in the dual title role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde with Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox as Lucy, Teal Wicks as Emma Carew, Laird Mackintosh as John Utterson and Richard White as Sir Danvers Carew.
Rounding out the cast are David Benoit, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Jerry Christakos, Dana Costello, Wendy Fox, Brian Gallagher, Sean Jenness, Mel Johnson Jr., James Judy, Ashley Loren, Courtney Markowitz, Aaron Ramey, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Rob Richardson, Blair Ross, Doug Storm, Haley Swindal and Jason Wooten.
The 25-week national tour, which will arrive on Broadway in April 2013, plays San Diego, CA (Oct. 2-7 at the Civic Theatre), Houston, TX (Oct. 9-21 at Theater Under the Stars), Tampa, FL (Oct. 23-28 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts), Buffalo, NY (Oct. 30-Nov. 4 at Shea's Performing Arts Center), Charlotte, NC (Nov. 6-11 at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Belk Theater), Washington, DC (Nov. 20-25 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Dallas, TX (Dec. 4-16 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center), Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 26-30 at Forrest Theatre), Durham, NC (Jan. 8-13, 2013, at the Durham Performing Arts Center), Oklahoma City, OK (Jan. 15-20 at the Civic Center Music Hall), Tulsa, OK (Jan. 22-27 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center) and Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 12-March 3 at the Pantages Theater).
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.
The touring production also features scenic and costume design by Tobin Ost, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Ken Travis and projection design by Daniel Brodie. Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg. Musical supervision and arrangements are by Jason Howland.
Jekyll & Hyde is based on the novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, about "a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father’s mental illness," according to press notes.
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 Christiane 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.
The current tour is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Independent Presenters Network, Chunsoo Shin, Luigi Caiola and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley.
"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.
For more information visit www.JekyllandHydeMusical.com.
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