Published: Jan 08, 2013 07:00 PM
Modified: Jan 04, 2013 05:34 PM
Literary legend holds that author Robert Louis Stevenson woke from a nightmare one cold morning in 1885, wrote for three straight days, and emerged with the classic horror novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde."
Stevenson's concept of the Jekyll and Hyde personality has since entered the cultural lexicon and his story has inspired countless adaptations (including one immortal Bugs Bunny cartoon.) "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," playing through Sunday at DPAC, reboots the tale once more with "American Idol" heartthrob Constantine Maroulis playing the conflicted doctor. Canadian R&B diva Deborah Cox stars as Lucy, who becomes involved with both Jekyll and Hyde in the Victorian Era's most dysfunctional love triangle.
This latest version of the musical, which originally ran on Broadway in the late 1990s, has been touring the U.S. for several months now. It's headed back to Broadway as a full-fledged revival in April. Pop star Maroulis has some big shoes to fill. (Well, "big" might not be the word. Maybe "weird.") The Jekyll/Hyde role has been previously performed by David Hasselhoff and Sebastian Bach of the '80s metal band Skid Row. When:
Through Sunday, Jan. 13 Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham Tickets:
dpacnc.com; 919-680-2787 Correspondent Glenn McDonald
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