BWW Flashback: 'Here's to the Night' - A Toast to JEKYLL & HYDE, Closing on Broadway Today
The new Broadway production of JEKYLL & HYDE, starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox, plays its final performance today, May 12, 2013, after 15 previews and 30 regular performances at the Marquis Theatre. Direct from a 25-week national tour which launched in October 2012, JEKYLL & HYDE began previews on Broadway on April 5 and opened on April 18, 2013. The production was originally scheduled to run through June. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the musical's journey across the country and onto the Great White Way!
Conceived for the stage by Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, JEKYLL & HYDE features a book & lyrics by two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and four-time Tony Award nominee Leslie Bricusse, music by Frank Wildhorn, and direction & choreography by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun.
In addition to Maroulis and Cox, the cast also features Teal Wicks (Wicked) as 'Emma Carew', Laird Mackintosh (Mary Poppins) as 'John Utterson', Richard White (The Most Happy Fella) as 'Sir Danvers Carew', David Benoit (Avenue Q)as 'Bishop/Spider', 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.
JEKYLL & HYDE features scenic & costume design by Tony Award nominee Tobin Ost (Newsies), lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies,), sound design by Ken Travis (Newsies) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Motown). Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg. Musical supervision and arrangements are by Jason Howland.
JEKYLL & HYDE is based on the acclaimed novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes an evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father's mental illness.
To prepare for its 25-week National Tour, which opened at San Diego's Civic Theatre in San Diego, California, on October 2, 2012, JEKYLL & HYDE's stars took part in a sexy photo shoot. In the video below, go backstage with the co-stars!
The preview engagement of JEKYLL & HYDE celebrated its opening night performance on September 8, 2012, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night curtain call and photos of the cast, including Maroulis, Cox and more, at the after party!
Before officially kicking off its national tour, the Broadway-bound musical JEKYLL AND HYDE released the first of several TV commercials throughout its run. This one featured the show's catch phrase, "No musical has ever held you like this." Watch it below!
JEKYLL & HYDE's tour launched at San Diego's Civic Theatre in San Diego, California on October 2, starring Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis in the title dual role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, alongside Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox as Lucy. Below, check out BroadwayWorld's first look at the cast in action!
After San Diego, the JEKYLL & HYDE tour made additional stops in Houston, Tampa, Buffalo, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Dallas, Philadelphia, Durham, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Los Angeles, before heading to Broadway. Watch performance highlights from the tour below, including 'Bring on the Men,' 'A New Life,' and 'This is the Moment.'
In October, as a fun gesture, JEKYLL & HYDE released a new Halloween-themed promo for the tour. Check it out below!
With a cavalcade of stars including Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Joanne Worley, Anna Trebunskaya attending, Sterling not only spoke with the show's stars Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox and the show's composer Frank Wildhorn, but LA's Next Great Stage Star 2013 winner Charlotte Mary Wen, television and Broadway star Jai Rodriguez (Malibu Country, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Rent/Broadway), Academy Award winning composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins), Juliet Mills (Hot in Cleveland, The Nanny and The Professor)and Maxwell Caulfield (Modern Family, Dynasty, The Colby's), and Max Ehrich (The Young and the Restless, Newsies/Broadway) among others.
Watch BWW's LA opening night interviews below!
In March 2013, JEKYLL & HYDE celebrated its 200th performance at Chicago's Cadillac Palace. Watch an exclusive video toast from the cast and creative team below.
JEKYLL & HYDE began previews at Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre on April 5. Gearing up for the show's much-anticipated opening on the Great White Way, the team released a new promo featuring audience members' reactions to the show. Watch it below!
On April 18, 2013, JEKYLL & HYDE opened its Broadway engagement. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the entire night, beginning with the Gypsy Robe ceremony with company recipient Jason Wooten, and ending with the curtain calls and JEKYLL & HYDE's big opening night party, where BWW's Richard Ridge chatted with the cast and creative team!
JEKYLL & HYDE was first introduced as a concept album in 1990 featuring Colm Wilkinson andLinda Eder, and shortly thereafter had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston starring Chuck Wagneras 'Jekyll'/'Hyde' and Linda Eder as 'Lucy'. Following a 30-city National Tour, the original Broadway production opened at The Plymouth Theatre on April 28, 1997 and earned four Tony Award nominations. After 1,543 performances, the production played its final performance on January 7, 2001.
The show's popularity catapulted well beyond the Great White Way and, within the subsequent decade of its world premiere, JEKYLL & HYDE became an international sensation with multiple tours in the UK and North America; 32 recordings in 28 different languages; and over 600 productions mounted worldwide, from Sweden, to Mexico, to South Korea, where it ranks as the longest-running American show in the country's history.
Following the release of its own concept recording in September and the show's successful touring run, "This Is The Moment" for this JEKYLL & HYDE revival to take its Broadway bows.