BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Constantine Maroulis, Deborah Cox, Frank Wildhorn and More at JEKYLL & HYDE's Pantages Theatre Opening in LA!
BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans of the JLE Media Group were once again on the red carpet Tuesday, February 12, 2013 for the much anticipated Los Angeles opening of the Four-time Tony Nominated Musical Sensation JEKYLL & HYDE. Watch BWW's opening night interviews 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.
This limited three week run of JEKYLL & HYDE' will play the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through Sunday, March 3, 2013. This engagement marks a unique opportunity for Los Angeles theatregoers as the Pantages Theatre dates are part of a 25-week pre-Broadway national tour. JEKYLL & HYDE will return to Broadway in April 2013. Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis stars in the title dual role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, alongside Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox as Lucy.
Conceived for the stage by Tony and GRAMMY Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, the four time Tony Award Nominated musical 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 is directed and choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Jeff Calhoun.
After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse and Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon. The musical 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 his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father's mental illness.
JEKYLL & HYDE also stars Teal Wicks (Wicked) as Emma Carew, Laird Mackintosh (Mary Poppins) as John Utterson, Richard White (Beauty and the Beast, Most Happy Fella) as Sir Danvers Carew and David Benoit (Avenue Q, Les Miserables) as Bishop/Spider. Rounding out the company are 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 was first introduced as a concept album in 1990 featuring Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder, and shortly thereafter had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston starring Chuck Wagner as Jekyll/ Hyde and Linda Eder as Lucy. Following a 30-city National Tour, the Broadway production opened at The Plymouth Theatre on April 28, 1997 and earned four Tony Award nominations. Directed by Robin Phillips and choreographed by Joey Pizzi, the production starred Robert Cuccioli, who earned a Tony Nomination as well as Joseph Jefferson, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for his portrayal of Jekyll/ Hyde, Linda Eder, who won the Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut, as Lucy and Christianne Noll as Emma Carew. After 1,543 performances, and featuring such replacements as Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff in the title role, 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, and over a dozen recordings from Germany, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Japan and South Korea, among others.
JEKYLL & HYDE features scenic & costume design by Tobin Ost (Newsies), lighting design by Jeff Croiter (Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher - Tony Award), sound design by Ken Travis (Newsies) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Godspell). Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg. Musical supervision and arrangements are by Jason Howland.
For more information on JEKYLL & HYDE, visit www.JekyllAndHydeMusical.com. For tickets or more about JEKYLL & HYDE's Los Angeles engagement, visit the Pantages Theatre's official website, www.HollywoodPantages.com.