BUFFALO — Just in time for Halloween, Shea’s Performing Arts Center will play host to gothic literature legends, Dr. Henry Jekyll and the notorious Mr. Edward Hyde.
“Jekyll and Hyde the Musical” is on tap for a six-night run at the Buffalo theater, part of a 25-city national tour before the four-time Tony Award-nominated production hits the Broadway stage in April.
The musical is anchored by Tony Award nominee and “American Idol” alum Constantine Maroulis in the dual role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Grammy Award nominee Deborah Cox as love interest Lucy.
Laird Mackintosh, who says his role as John Utterson acts as a voice of reason throughout the production, recently took time to talk to the News about his role, the musical and his thoughts on visiting Western New York.
QUESTION: Tell us a little about your role.
ANSWER: If you read the book, my character might be a little familiar. In the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, Utterson is the narator but in the musical, of course, the main character is our star Constantie Maroulis who plays Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the show I play his best friend and lawyer.
I think (Utterson’s) role in the show is to provide a voice of reason and also maybe to illustrate a side of Jekyll’s character that we wouldn’t otherwise see. You get to see that through his friendship with Utterson.
Q: What appealed to you about the role?
A: It was more of the show itself that appealed to me. I think anybody who’s in theater knows this incredible score that Frank Wildhorn wrote for the show and I think any opportunity to be involved in a production like this is something you welcome with open arms.
Q: What’s new about this version of the musical?