Jekyll & Hyde to Close on Broadway
Hyde’s greatest murder yet? Himself. The week following the Tony Award nominations announcement is always one filled with show extension and closure notices. The Testament of Mary set the ball rolling taking only 3 hours after the nominations stating the production would close within a week. While it now seems as though the second victim has become evident, we aren’t sure either this was a nomination or self inflicted wound. Today, producers announced that Jekyll & Hyde the Musical would close on Broadway Sunday May 12th, 2013.
Jekyll & Hyde the Musical is a musical that was conceived for the stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden. The show features a book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse with music by Frank Wildhorn. According to the press release, Jekyll & Hyde the Musical is about “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson, about “a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father’s mental illness.”
Jekyll & Hyde the Musical has returned to Broadway this spring after a 25 week national tour that began late last year. The show came to Broadway scheduled as a limited engagement only of 13 weeks playing through June 30th at The Marquis Theatre. However, that run will end more then a month early when Jekyll & Hyde closes May 12th, 2013. The show will have played 15 previews and 30 performances by the time it ends.
Jekyll & Hyde the Musical received no 2013 Tony Award nominations.
The show is lead by American Idol finalist and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis who plays Dr. Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Grammy nominated artist Deborah Cox stars opposite as Lucy with Teal Wicks as Emma Carew, Laird Mackintosh as John Utterson and Richard White as Sir Danvers Carew. The rest of the cast includes David Benoit, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Jerry Christakos, Dana Costello, Wendy Fox, Brian Gallagher, Sean Jenness, Mel Johnson Jr., James Judy, Ashley Loren, Courtney Markowitz, Aaron Ramey, Emmy Raver-Lampman,Rob Richardson, Blair Ross, Doug Storm, Haley Swindal and Jason Wooten.
Jekyll & Hyde the Musical is directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun. The production features a scenic and costume design by Tobin Ost, a lighting design by Jeff Croiter, a sound design by Ken Travis, a hair and wig design by Charles G. Lapointe and projection design by Daniel Brodie. Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg with musical supervision and arrangements are by Jason Howland. The music director is Steven Landau, and the music coordinator is David Lai. Richard J. Hinds is the associate director/choreographer.
Jekyll & Hyde has received a mix welcome to New York. The production has scored with many tourists but has not done well overall with the general theatre audience. Many nights the show has seen a large walkout at intermission and the house for this production especially has been notoriously bad. Even the night I attended the production, people were audibly laughing and talking both in the mezzanine and the orchestra throughout the entire production. Overall, a rough experience for Jekll & Hyde in it’s first return to Broadway since it’s debut just over 10 years ago.
This is the moment to make your way over to The Marquis Theatre to experience this brand new version of Jekyll & Hyde playing for just one more week on Broadway at The Marquis Theatre in Times Square! For more information, visit Jekyll & Hyde’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!