National touring production of “Jekyll & Hyde” comes to Oklahoma City

Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox headline national touring production of the musical “Jekyll & Hyde.”
BY RICK ROGERS rrogers@opubco.com Modified: January 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: January 13, 2013

And yet, “Someone Like You,” “This Is The Moment” and “Once Upon A Dream” have all enjoyed life outside of the stage production, the first two often chosen by competitors at national beauty pageants.

One could write a dissertation outlining the numerous versions of “Jekyll & Hyde.” Not surprisingly, this touring production differs both in subtle and obvious ways from its many predecessors. It's a perfect example of the famous quote that says musicals are not written, but rather rewritten.

“I wasn't as familiar with ‘Jekyll & Hyde' in drama school as much as some of my classmates were so I don't know in great detail about all of the history of the show,” Maroulis said. “I sort of chose to discover it all on my own.

“The really great part of this journey is that it's been a collaborative effort with Frank and his willingness to let the Tony-nominated director Jeff Calhoun go in and do a lot of work on this show. We've discovered there are many ways to interpret even a modern work like this.”

While musicals such as “Rent” and “Rock of Ages” stretch an actor's talents, “Jekyll & Hyde” asks the performer cast in the title roles to do double duty. Maroulis spends much of the evening making the switch between the well-educated doctor and the morally deficient murderer. It's a grueling task that is physically and emotionally exhausting.

“Physically, this part is just a monster,” Maroulis said. “My body, my voice and my emotions are constantly being taxed but I wouldn't trade anything for it. I obsess over the show and I love the challenge of going out there every night.”

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