The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been told again and again for over a century. Although it can be quite a frightening tale, we can’t help but be drawn to Jekyll/Hyde, who is such a fascinating personality. Jeff Calhoun’s Jekyll and Hyde is a musical take on the classic story that is sure to entertain, frighten, and inspire its audience.
Touring nationally, Jekyll and Hyde opened in Denver at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for Performing Arts complex on January 29. A full house, the crowd experienced a story of suspense and intense emotion from beginning to end.
Playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is Constantine Maroulis. First recognized for his performance in American Idol but now lauded as a broadway star, Maroulis plays a very demanding role. The songs require a wide range, and though he rises to the challenge, he misses the mark ever so slightly in the lower register. That said, Maroulis does not deliver a poor performance, though he needs a little push on his dramatic appeal, especially when morphing on stage from a well-behaved young scientist to an unruly and evil fanatic.
Maroulis’s twisted character is in a love triangle with Emma, played by Teal Wicks and Lucy, played by Debra Cox.
Debra Cox, a multi-talented entertainer, reprises the role of Lucy with a brilliant voice and persuasive acting. Attracting the evil personality of Mr. Hyde, Cox’s role is a woman with a broken soul and a silver tongue. She too oscillates between two personality extremes, though not nearly as much as the man she loves.
Teal Wicks’s character, on the other hand, is the fiancee of Dr. Jekyll. Slightly new to the Broadway scene, Wicks has proven to be an impeccable theatre actor through her performance in Wicked. Although her role in Jekyll and Hyde doesn’t give her much time on stage, she still maintains a strong presence, has a pleasing, well-rounded voice and can be recognized as one of the stronger performers in the show.
The stage and visual design is astounding, especially for an intense play like Jekyll and Hyde that requires a number of different environments. Many large stage props are used in a very versatile way in this production. A ten foot tall mirror is used as a pillar, a closet and a tomb at various points during the production. However, the visual highlight of the production occurs when Jekyll has a conversation (or more like a battle) with Hyde in his home. Without providing too many details, the choreography between Maroulis’s singing, lighting design and visual effects is impressive.
Come experience the story on stage before it leaves for its next tour destination!
WHEN: Now through Sunday, February 10, 2013
Denver Center for Performing Arts
14th St and Arapahoe St
Denver CO 80204
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