A preview of the ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Broadway Revival

Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox

Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox

Before starting its revival on Broadway, the critically acclaimed musical Jekyll & Hyde made a stop at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from February 14 to March 3. The story follows the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a young doctor whose experiment goes horribly wrong and leaves him with a dual personality.

The revival stars Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) in the title role, with Deborah Cox (Aida) and Teal Wicks (Wicked) in the two romantic roles, Lucy and Emma.

Jekyll & Hyde is a well-known musical in many different countries and is known for the songs “Someone Like You”, “A New Life”, and “In His Eyes”. The musical has had mixed reviews in the past by critics and audience member alike since its Broadway debut in the late nineties.

I had the pleasure of seeing the show while it was in Los Angeles and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I had heard good and bad things about the show from people who had seen the show previously so I was not sure what to expect. The story was very intriguing and the pace kept me interested from start to finish.

The revival has strong performances by both the lead and supporting actors.  Though Maroulis lacks a certain strength in his vocal abilities – I may just be a little picky when it comes to these things – he makes up for any weakness with an emotional performance that is very consistent. What I enjoy the most about his performance is his effortless transition from the even-tempered Dr. Jekyll to the murderous Mr. Hyde.

Cox was fantastic, and shines in particular with her rendition of “Someone Like You”. She plays the role with a sensitivity, which adds so much to not only her character but to the characters that she interacts with. I was glad to see her put some R&B style into her performance. She is definitely a standout throughout the entire show.

Wicks is endearing as the young Emma. It is easy for the character to pale next to Lucy but Wicks gives a commanding performance that demands your attention.

Recent technology like projections and the complex set designs made for exciting visuals throughout the show. Jekyll’s laboratory is an incredible piece of design which can move in and out of focus as needed during the show. Moving frames around the set change color as the character changes personality which lends eve more power to Jekyll’s transformations.

My favorite scene is “The Confrontation” which appears toward the end of the show. The singing by Maroulis in this song is the strongest of the whole show. It is clear that constant transformations have taken their toll and it gives chills to watch the entirety of the scene. It is very potent and it had a profound effect on how I felt as the show came to the end.

One thing that bothered me when I saw the show was the abruptness of the finale. After a forceful scene like “The Confrontation” I was disappointed that the show went on to peter out rather than end with a bang.

Though there are many things left to perfect before the show begins its run in New York, Jekyll & Hyde is going to leave a lasting impression on audiences that go to see the revival on Broadway.

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  1. I’m very excited for the revival! I’m a big Wildhorn fan and don’t feel people always give the show the fair shake it deserves! Hoping this is a hit :)

    • I agree! I heard some mixed opinions about the show, but I thought it was wonderful! It was very original and unlike anything that’s currently on Broadway. I really do hope it does well.