Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Broadway’s Gothic musical thriller about Dr. Henry Jekyll (played by Tony-Nominee Constantine Maroulis), who accidentally creates a potion that changes him into a murderous alter ego, Edward Hyde. Jekyll must figure out a way to stop the uncontrollable violent transformations before it results in deadly consequences for his fiancée, Emma, and Lucy (played by Diana DeGarmo), a prostitute who has fallen for the doctor.
Both American Idol albums, Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo are powerhouses in their performances.
The one reason to see this show is because of Maroulis. His high-reaching tenor voice soars through the rafters. Also, impressive are his acting skills. He delivers a profoundly intense performance as the obsessive Dr. Jekyll.
DeGarmo, performance as Lucy, the prostitute who falls in love with Dr. Jekyll, is good for a role that could have been given more life.
The supporting cast is well casted and deserves the standing ovation that they received.
As always, the production is fabulous. The costumes are gorgeous. The choreography by Kelli Barclay is truly satisfying.
“Jekies” (as they were called back then) will love this new production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror tale and I am sure will gain some new “Jekies.”
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hrs 35 min (includes intermission)
CONTENT ADVISORY: Contains adult themes and violence. Not recommended for children under 13.
JEKYLL & HYDE! Is now playing at North Shore Music Theatre thru October 7, 2018. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.