By Karen Villalpando, 2/14/2013
“Jekyll & Hyde” debuts at the Pantages
“Jekyll & Hyde The Musical” opened Tuesday night to rousing applause by an enthusiastic audience comprised of young twenty-something hipsters, a few gothic-dressed folks, celebs and media looking to get the first glimpse at what may be the next hottest ticket on Broadway.
American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis plays the mild-mannered Dr. Henry Jekyll who transforms into the evil and murderous Mr. Hyde. The rather timid opening – perhaps opening night jitters – gave way to a confident and convincing performance by Maroulis, particularly in the second act.
He is accompanied on stage by the sultry and provocative Lucy, marvelously played by Deborah Cox. Her commanding voice and nuanced turn as the mistress of the “Spider Web” lounge was the highlight of the evening.
The show is well produced and performed, but the material may not be for everyone, especially the two young children sitting in front of us. You won’t leave the theatre laughing as the macabre theme and dark subject are a bit heavy. But you will appreciate Maroulis’ ability to play two completely different characters and the disturbing relationship between the leads.
Jekyll & Hyde is playing now through March 3 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
Visit www.broadwayla.org for tickets and more information.