Passion, beautiful music and a story laced with love and hate rank as the qualities that captured the interest of Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil brought to the stage as "Jekyll & Hyde."
And she adds that having "American Idol" star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis in the title role helped lure her to play the role of Lucy, a "lady of the night."
"It's a dark and dangerous love story," said Cox, who has been touring with the musical since September.
"And each character has a hidden side waiting to be explored."
Broadway In Chicago is bringing "Jekyll and Hyde" to the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a two-week run March 12 to 24 before the production heads to New York and Broadway.
After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway from 1997 to 2001, the musical closed and faded from memory for U.S. audiences as it began an international tour. But the efforts of creators Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse were waiting for a resurrection according to Cox.
This latest incarnation is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and includes all the classic songs like "This is the Moment," "A New Life" and "Someone Like You."
Also starring in the production are Teal Wicks as Emma Carew, Laird Mackintosh as John Utterson, Richard White as Sir Danvers Carew and David Benoit as Bishop/Spider.
The musical is based on the acclaimed novella "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.
It was first introduced as a concept album in 1990 featuring Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder, and shortly thereafter had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston starring Chuck Wagner as Jekyll/ Hyde and Linda Eder as Lucy. Following a 30-city National Tour, the Broadway production opened at The Plymouth Theatre on April 28, 1997 and earned four Tony Award nominations as directed by Robin Phillips and choreographed by Joey Pizzi.
"The costumes and sets are stunning," said Cox, who opened with the production in San Diego last October.
"Working with Constantine has been great, because he has many levels for the characters he plays."
Rounding out the cast are 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" features scenic and costume design by Tobin Ost, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Ken Travis and projection design by Daniel Brodie. Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg. Musical supervision and arrangements are by Jason Howland.
It is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Independent Presenters Network, Chunsoo Shin, Luigi Caiola and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley.