Singer to star in Broadway-bound tour
Deborah Cox has signed on to join the upcoming revival of tuner “Jekyll and Hyde,” hitting the road this fall in advance of a Broadway run next year.
Cox, the Grammy-nommed singer who played a 2004 Rialto stint in “Aida,” will appear alongside Constantine Maroulis (“Rock of Ages”) as the two-faced title character. Cox will play Lucy, the prostitute and performer who catches the eye of Hyde.
Jeff Calhoun (“Newsies”) will helm “Jekyll,” the title by composer Frank Wildhorn that has proven most successful with Gotham auds. More recent New York outings, including “Wonderland” and “Bonnie and Clyde” (directed by Calhoun), have been short-lived.
Nederlander Presentations, a branch of the Broadway landlord Nederland Org, produces the revival, with the touring component set to capitalize on Wildhorn’s popularity with regional audiences. Show gets a tryout run in La Mirada, Ca., in September ahead of an Oct. 2 bow in San Diego.
The 25-week tour will culminate in a Broadway run in April 2013. A Rialto house hasn’t been set yet, although given its producers, the show seems certain to play a Nederlander venue.