Monday, January 21, 2013

Dark Monday • Jekyll & Hyde Tour

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There is a new touring company winding across the country, with just seven more dates before the show makes a home on Broadway for a limited summer engagement. The show features former American Idol and Tony Nominated singer/actor Constantine Maroulis as the title character, and R&B singer Deborah Cox as his leading lady. Maroulis had his run on season 4 of American Idol, and has since made a name for himself on Broadway, with a noted replacement role in 'The Wedding Singer' before creating his role in the highly-touted music 'Rock of Ages', which earned Constantine a Tony nomination. Cox has used her gorgeous voice to top both the Billboard Hot R&B as well as the Hot Dance Billboard charts. She has also scored well on the Pop chart, geting to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The show is based on the original short story by the great Robert Louis Stevenson. It has made it to film on more than one occasion In fact, there have been well over 120 movies, and countless stage adaptations. The tour is currently in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with stops in Tulsa, OK, Denver, Colorado, Los Angeles, California, Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago, Illinois, and West Palm Beach, Florida, before starting a run at the Richard Rogers Theatre. They are scheduled to be on Broadway in a limited engagement from April 5, 2013 - August 24, 2013. Here is a collection of clips of the highlights for the tour.

The show provides the opportunity for a strong voice to give tour-de-force performances, with several songs written to stop the show. One such song is the most famous from the show, "This Is The Moment". Like the rest of score, it has music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse, and Steve Cuden. This is a recording made last year featuring the vocals of Constantine.

Certainly the male lead is not the only one with the chance to shine. In the role of Lucy, Deborah Cox has some beautiful songs, including the lovely "In His Eyes". Lucy is the classic working-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold, as well as the featured performer at The Red Rat, a night club in London.

To learn more about 'Jekyll & Hyde', visit their official website. There you can get the dates the show is playing, and purchase tickets. For more about Constantine Maroulis, visit his official website. You can also check out Deborah Cox on Facebook.

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