Mike Medavoy plans film version of "Jekyll and Hyde"
"Jekyll & Hyde" will bring those dueling personalities back to Broadway in April for a 13-week limited run.
Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's macabre tale enjoys a rabid fan base, but was critically panned when it opened on Broadway in 1997. It ran for more than 1,500 performances, yet still lost money.
Thanks to several tours and the cast album, enthusiasm for the bodice-ripping musical has intensified. Last weekend, news broke via the New York Times that Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy and RP Media head and former talent agent Rick Nicita have bought the film rights to the musical. They hope to have “Jekyll and Hyde" on the big screen within two years.
In the meantime, however, devotees of the musical can get their fix when the revival of the show swings back onto the Great White Way. The show will begin previews on April 5 and open on April 18 at the Marquis Theatre, where it will replace "Evita." It had originally been scheduled to play at Richard Rodgers Theatre.
The production, which has been touring the country since October, stars former "American Idol" contestant and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages") as the titular doctor and R&B star Deborah Cox as the prostitute, Lucy. Jeff Calhoun ("Newsies") is directing and choreographing the show.
Nederlander Presentations, Independent Presenters Network, Chunsoo Shin, Luigi Caiola and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley are producing.