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'Jekyll & Hyde' Makes Early Broadway Exit

After taking a critical bashing and scoring zero in this year's Tony Award nominations, the Frank Wildhorn musical starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox will cut short its scheduled run by seven weeks.
Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox
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NEW YORK -- Constantine Maroulis will not be torn between good and evil for much longer.

The Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde that stars the American Idol alumnus alongside recording artist Deborah Cox will close May 12, seven weeks ahead of the limited engagement's announced schedule. 

Touching down in New York at the end of its national tour, the production of composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist/book writer Leslie Bricusse's Victorian-era schizo-show originally was planned to run through June 30. But blistering reviews and weak box office prompted producers to pull the plug early.

The revival, which began previews April 5 and officially opened April 18, failed to crack the $500,000 mark on any one of its four weeks on the boards. Last week it registered just 48 percent audience capacity. The failure to score a single Tony nomination was no help.

Despite similarly blah reviews, the Broadway premiere of Jekyll & Hyde in 1997 managed a run of nearly four years, making it one of the more successful of Wildhorn's shows. The musical also has been widely produced internationally.

Famed for his love of '80s-style power ballads irrespective of his material's period settings, the composer has taken a repeated hammering on Broadway in recent seasons. His new shows Dracula, the Musical, Wonderland and Bonnie & Clyde all made early exits.

Lead producers on the current Jekyll & Hyde revival are Nederlander Presentations, Independent Presenters Network, Chunsoo Shin, Luigi Caiola and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley. The show will close at the Marquis Theatre after playing 15 previews and 30 regular performances.

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