Broadway Records to Record New Concept Album of JEKYLL & HYDE; BWW to Host Liner Notes Essay Contest!
BroadwayWorld.com and Broadway Records are co-sponsoring a liner notes essay contest for the new Jekyll & Hyde studio concept recording. Fans will have the opportunity to submit a 250 to 500 word essay for consideration. Five finalists will be chosen by the staff of BroadwayWorld.com in consultation with Broadway Records. Frank Wildhorn, Constantine Maroulis and Broadway Records will select the Grand Prize Winner who will have his or her liner notes essay will be included in the upcoming recording.
More details can be found here!
The album will be released September 25, 2012. The new concept recording will be produced by Frank Wildhorn, Jason Howland, and Billy Jay Stein and executive produced by Van Dean, Kenny Howard and Ken Mahoney. The Jekyll & Hyde 2012 Concept Recording is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com here.
Featured on the new studio concept recording will be Constantine Maroulis, Deborah Cox, Tom Hewitt, Shannon Magrane, Carly Robyn Green, and Corey Brunish. From Tony® and Grammy Award® nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar® and Grammy Winner Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has become a worldwide theatrical phenomenon since it first opened on Broadway in 1997. It has been recorded in 20 different languages and artists as diverse as Johnny Mathis, Dennis DeYoung (from Styx), Jennifer Holliday, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis, Jr have recorded songs from the show. The music of Jekyll & Hyde has been featured in four consecutive Olympics, President Clinton’s inaugural, and every major sporting event around the world from the Super Bowl to World Cup Soccer to the World Series.
Constantine Maroulis, who sky-rocketed to fame on American Idol, played the lead role in a three-year run in Broadway’s Rock of Ages and received a Best Actor Tony nomination and a Drama League nomination for his performance. Constantine made his Broadway debut in the Tony-Nominated production of The Wedding Singer. Constantine was a finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. He played the role of Roger Davis in the national tour of RENT. Constantine co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He was a series regular on the CBS daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful, which featured original songs from his debut album “Constantine,” released on his own label, Sixth Place Records. Other television credits include Law & Order, The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Conan, Ellen, Regis & Kelly, MTV and many more. In 2011, he was presented with both The Gabby Award and The Elios Award, which recognizes the excellence Greek Americans have achieved in various fields. Constantine graduated from the Boston Conservatory and apprenticed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Twitter.com/ConstantineM
Deborah Cox A multi-platinum selling and a multi-talented entertainer, Cox has conquered the R&B and pop charts, including six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, an impressive eleven (11) #1 hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart and the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical, Aida. While singing with Celine Dion, Cox was discovered by the infamous Clive Davis and instantly signed to Arista records. Her platinum selling debut album Deborah Cox was released in 1995 and earned her an American Music Award nomination. In 1998 she followed up with the release of her second CD One Wish. From this, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” which held the record for being the longest running #1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks and earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award and A Lady Of Soul Award. Her second single “We Can’t Be Friends” also went to #1 on Billboard's singles chart. Deborah has performed all over the world including The World Music Awards in 2010. She has sung with Andrea Bocelli, toured with David Foster and Friends, The Isley Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Groban and Sarah Mac Lachlan with Lilith Fair. She was also invited to perform for First Lady Michelle Obama and most recently asked to perform for President Obama. In 2000, Deborah collaborated with Whitney Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD. Deborah’s third album, “The Morning After” was released in 2002 with “Up & Down (In & Out)” co-written with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. In 2003, her fourth album “Remixed” was released featuring her Billboard chart- topping dance remixes. In 2012, Deborah garnered her 11th number one Billboard Dance single with “If It Wasn’t For Love”. In addition to roles in both film and television, Deborah released her fifth album, “Destination Moon”, the Grammy nominated tribute to the legendary Dinah Washington in 2007 (Universal). That same year she also received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and equality. In 2008, she formed Deco Recording Group and released her sixth studio album The Promise, where she earned another #1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart with the international hit “Beautiful U R”. Behind the scenes, Deborah received two Genie Award nominations for songs she’d written in the film “Love Come Down” which she also starred in alongside Larenz Tate. She has recorded singles for several film soundtracks including Akeelah and the Bee, “Hotel Rwanda, Kingdom Come, Money Talks, A Good Man is Hard To Find and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns.”
Tom Hewitt Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Broadway revival), Chicago, Dracula: The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk nominations.), The Boys from Syracuse, The Lion King, School for Scandal, The Sisters Rosenzweig. National tours: Peter Pan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Touring Broadway Award), Urinetown. Off-Broadway: Treasure Island, Jeffrey, Beau Jest (Outer Critics nomination). Recent Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise! LA), Titanic (Muny), Zhivago (La Jolla), Travesties (Long Wharf, CT Critics Award).
Shannon Magrane Singer/songwriter and recording artist Shannon Magrane was born in St. Louis, MO and raised in Tampa, FL. At age 15, she auditioned for Season 11 of Fox’s American Idol, making it through on her first attempt and finishing in 11th place. Shannon has performed at various venues such as NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 Nationwide Race 2012 and as an opening act for artists Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, and 3 Doors Down. She has also appeared in several Ford commercials. At age 11, Shannon sang her first National Anthem and went on to sing for many professional athletic teams including the 2012 World Series Cardinals and Cubs home opener, the 2012 Rays/Yankees, and the playoff game in 2009 for the Tampa Bay Rays. She has also made several appearances singing her own songs and covers on Tampa’s Fox 13 news, and has appeared on the Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, and USA Today. She is attending Blake Performing Arts High School where she has performed as the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, a soloist in Godspell, and Maureen in Rent.
Corey Brunish has released 9 CD's. He has performed Billy Flynn (Chicago) on both coasts and has appeared with the Portland Opera and The Oregon Symphony. Locally, he has sung at the Copacabana. He wrote the revue "Write Myself A Letter" (select-shows.com) about Frank Sinatra and his greatest fan. One of his favorite regional roles was in Jekyll & Hyde.
He thinks Frank Wildhorn is a god.