On March 13th I was subjected to the most Horrifying of experiences on stage. The new version of Jekyll and Hyde starting Deborah Cox and Teal Wicks was destroyed by the untalented and completely misdirected Constantine Maroulis. I have a rule of thumb, anytime they put a stars name about the title of a show or movie the producers now they have a pile of crap on their hands. In this case the producers were capitalizing on the Constantine’s American Idol audience. In a hopes to capture more of an audience producers were banking on Deborah Cox’s ability to draw in the gay audience.
Let’s start off my telling you what I liked about the show. Deborah Cox and Teal Wicks were amazing. Both ladies were perfectly cast within their roles. The sets, costumes and staging were well thought out and executed well. The use of projection throughout the show for backdrops and visual effects added to the show. I did not even mind the changes to the music, lyrics, and order of the songs. Truly a wonderful production could have existed with a few changes.
Whoever, thought to use Constantine was truly trying to capitalize on his American Idol 15 minutes of fame, and his Rock of Ages experience. However, if Tom Cruise can star in the movie it isn’t like it takes much talent. Constantine’s version of a spineless Henry Jekyll was disturbing. How is the audience to believe that a man clutching a box for the first 15 minutes of the musical has the ability to use himself as a test subject. He whines more than he asserts himself. It is truly disturbing how bad his acting abilities are. When one hopes that Jekyll/Hyde would die before the end of act one there is something wrong. In the original version of Jekyll and Hyde the confrontation song one of the most difficult to perform. With the use of projectors and a prerecorded Hyde this turned from a vocal master piece to a visual marvel. While I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at first It did turn out well if it wasn’t for the over synthesized voice. However, I can understand why they over synthesize his voice as it was that bad. One thing of the staging and sets that bothered me was the reduction to the laboratory set. It was a chair with a few bubbling beakers with watcher and lights. Nothing that would even suggest that it was more than a show piece. The fact that tubes continued to fall out of his injection points means that it was not even a well thought out set piece.
My review in a nut shell… If you can go see it do, if for no other reason than the ladies wonderful performances. However, do not pay full prices. I am sure that this will have discounted tickets until it closes shortly after arriving on Broadway. I would say wait till you can rent it at the dollar box, but hopefully they will not put this horrid production on DVD/Blu-ray, they already have it on CD and that is truly pitiful. However, if you would care to see a better Jekyll/Hyde performer, just Netflix the David Hasselhoff’s DVD. This version is more entertaining than Constantine’s version, with two wonderfully talented ladies in the lead roles.
I know I am opinionated, but seriously he needs to quit.