BREAKING NEWS: Constantine Maroulis to Star in Broadway-Bound Jeff Calhoun Helmed JEKYLL & HYDE Tour
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by BWW News Desk
Nederlander Presentations, Inc. has announced that the JEKYLL & HYDE will return to Broadway in Spring 2013 following a 25-week National Tour starring Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis in the dual title role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. The tour will launch at San Diego's Civic Theatre in San Diego, California on October 2, 2012.
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 will be 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 will return in a 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 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 1543 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.
A pre-tour preview engagement of JEKYLL & HYDE will be presented at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California from September 7-30, 2012.
Additional cast and creative team, as well as tour cities, will be announced shortly.
Constantine Maroulis (Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde) 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 and can currently be seen in the title role of the hit production of Toxic Avenger at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas through February 12, 2012. 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 will appear in the Warner Brothers feature film, Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise this spring. Constantine graduated from the Boston Conservatory and apprenticed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. @ConstantineM
Frank Wildhorn (Co-Conceiver and Music) Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War. Also for Broadway: Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, and Bonnie & Clyde. Frank produced Harlem Song at the famed Apollo Theatre. International: Cyrano, The Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Rudolf, Mitsuko, Never Say Goodbye, Camille Claudel, and Tears of Heaven. Frank served as music director for the Goodwill Games in New York City (1998). He wrote the song “Gold”, the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Received the prestigious Charles Dickens Award from USC, where there is a scholarship under his name. Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank’s works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, FrEddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, to name a few. Associate artist at the Alley Theatre in Houston.
Leslie Bricusse (Book and Lyrics) is a writer-composer-lyricist who has contributed to many musical films and plays during his career earning him two Oscars and a Grammy Award. While in college, he co-authored, directed and performed in his first two musical shows, Out of the Blue and Lady at the Wheel, both of which made their way to London’s West End. While performing in An Evening With Beatrice Lillie at The Globe Theatre, he wrote the musical, Boy On The Corner, and the screenplay and score of his first motion picture, Charley Moon, which won his first Ivor Novello Award. His subsequent stage musicals include Stop The World - I Want To Get Off; The Roar Of The Greasepaint - The Smell Of The Crowd; Pickwick; Harvey; The Good Old Bad Old Days; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Henry’s Wives; Scrooge; Sherlock Holmes; Noah’s Ark; Sammy; Cyrano De Bergerac; Kennedy; Victor/Victoria and It’s a Dog’s Life! He has written songs and/or screenplays for such films as Doctor Dolittle; Scrooge; Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Superman; Victor/Victoria; Santa Claus – The Movie; Home Alone I & II; Hook; Tom & Jerry – The Movie; various Pink Panthers and The Great Music Chase. He has been nominated for ten Oscars, nine Grammys and four Tonys, and has won two Oscars, a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards, the premiere British Music Award. Bricusse’s songs have been recorded by major artists, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr. (who recorded 60 Bricusse songs), Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Bobby Darin, Bette Midler, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Ray Charles, Ethel Merman, Placido Domingo, Jennifer Holliday, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Linda Eder, Diana Krall, Maroon 5, Michael Buble´, The Black-Eyed Peas, Muse, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Award for consistent excellence in British songwriting, bestowed by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and was inducted into the American Songwriters’ Hall of Fame - only the fourth Englishman to be so honoured – after Noel Coward, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Jeff Calhoun (Director and Choreographer) Broadway: Disney's Newsies (director), Bonnie & Clyde (director/choreographer), Grey Gardens (musical staging), Deaf West’s Big River (director/choreographer; 2004 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn (producer/director/choreographer), Annie Get Your Gun (co-choreographer with Graciela Daniele; 1999 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (director/ choreographer; 1994 Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite! (directing debut), The Will Rogers Follies (associate choreographer). West End/ international: Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage! (director). Regional/ national tour: Disney's Newsies (Director: World Premiere), Paper Mill Playhouse; Jane Austen’s Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy(director/choreographer), The Old Globe; Bonnie & Clyde (director/musical staging; 2009 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical), Asolo Rep Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse; Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical (director/ choreographer), first national tour; Deaf West’s Pippin (director/choreographer), Mark Taper Forum; Disney’s High School Musical: On Tour! (director), Disney Theatrical; The Civil War (director), Ford’s Theatre. Jeff is an Associate Artist at Ford’s Theatre.
Nederlander Presentations, Inc. (Producer) Nederlander Presentations is a family company prominent for three generations. Under the guidance of Chairman, James M. Nederlander and President, James L. Nederlander, the company owns/operates nine Broadway theatres in New York and a chain of legitimate theatres and amphitheaters around America and in London. The Nederlanders are also prolific, award-winning producers of Broadway and touring productions including Evita, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the upcoming revival of Annie as well as the national tours of West Side Story and Come Fly Away.