On THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, AMERICAN IDOL finalist Constantine Maroulis (ex-Constantine) played another version of himself: a music producer who teamed with aspiring singer Phoebe to make magic. Now, he's attempting duality again while headlining the all-new touring production of the Tony Award-nominated musical, Jekyll & Hyde. "It's based on Robert Louis Stevenson's legendary story," Maroulis offers of the tale of a devoted scientist who makes himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, only to accidentally unleash his inner demons along with a seemingly alternate personality.
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Maroulis is not the first former soap star to take on the iconic leading role (he's following in the footsteps of Jack Wagner [ex-Nick, B&B] and David Hasselhoff [ex-Snapper, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS]), but he's excited to be putting his own stamp on it via this reinterpreted production. "Jekyll & Hyde has always had a gothic [sensibility]. We've tried to bring a lot of that out, but also modernize it with this steampunk kind of edge," he previews. "It's a Victorian sort of style with a modern industrial twist... but the music is iconic and I'm happy to be in a position to create yet another original role for myself on Broadway, which is always been my dream."
Steaming up the stage with Maroulis will be R&B sensation Deborah Cox as Lucy. "She has an incredible voice and she's emotional, vulnerable, and quite an actress," he enthuses. "I think soap opera fans will love the great storytelling and thrilling production, the sexy actors, the romance, and the danger and darkness that surrounds the show."
The duo begins their national tour on Saturday, October 2, in San Diego and will continue for six months before returning to New York. "We'll open in April 2013 at the Richard Rogers [Theatre] on Broadway," he reveals proudly. Having performed on the Great White Way in Rent and most recently in Rock Of Ages, Maroulis has a keen appreciation for his good fortune. "So few people get the opportunity to do what I have done... I've been pretty blessed," he maintains.
Ironically, Maroulis had never watched Jekyll & Hyde in its previous incarnations prior to agreeing to commit himself to the show, but that doesn't have him worried. "I had never seen THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL before either, and it was great being a part of it," he admits. "This is another creative team and another great opportunity for me to go out and do what I love every night." For tickets and tour information, visit www.jekyllandhydemusical.com.