Constantine Maroulis is ‘Jekyll & Hyde’
On a December afternoon, Constantine Maroulis stepped out of a vintage store in Dallas with newly purchased cowboy boots and an old tobacco tin. He loves stuff like that, and is a bit of a picker, Maroulis said in a phone interview with The Herald-Sun from the Dallas tour stop of “Jekyll & Hyde.”
Maroulis stars as the title characters in a production bound for Broadway this spring. The national tour stops at the Durham Performing Arts Center Tuesday through Jan. 13. Maroulis, who rose to fame as an “American Idol” finalist, played the lead in “Rock of Ages” on Broadway for three years, garnering a Tony Award nomination for best actor, and was in the national tour of “Rent.” On television, he was featured on the soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.” In “Jekyll & Hyde,” Maroulis portrays Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde alongside R&B singer Deborah Cox as Lucy.
Maroulis said this production of Jekyll & Hyde” has a new energy compared to the previous theatrical version.
“We’ve completely reimagined the show,” Maroulis said, with a steampunk vibe that is Victorian but modern. The set includes cool industrial pieces, he said. “They’ve brought out the gothic, sort of dark edge to it, a Tim Burton edge.”
The Frank Wildhorn music remains, as well as the story based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella about a London doctor who accidentally releases his evil side when trying to cure his father’s mental illness.
“There’s been success, and strong criticism,” Maroulis said. “But for us, we love the story and love the music.”
Audiences meet Dr. Jekyll in a place of despair with his father, and set to marry a beautiful girl, Maroulis said. Rather than a Don Juan portrayal, he said, audiences meet Jekyll at a vulnerable place.
“It’s more about Henry’s story…We know Hyde is coming,” he said. “It’s certainly a lot of fun. There’s a big entertainment aspect, a flair people expect me to bring – rock and roll.”
Maroulis said he’s fortunate to be part of an “unreal” cast. “Clearly, Deborah Cox is on another level of talent than I’ve ever worked with. Teal Wicks (as Emma Carew) is a star on the rise. There’s a great veteran cast from Broadway,” he said. “They’re such team players, I can’t thank them enough.”
Maroulis said he’s been very fortunate in his career and being part of television as well as recording. He’d like to produce down the road, too, he said.
“Jekyll & Hyde,” with Maroulis remaining the lead, will take the Broadway stage in April.
WHAT: “Jekyll & Hyde”
WHEN: Tuesday through Jan. 13
WHERE: Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St., Durham