Jekyll & Hyde transforms at Belk Theater

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We are not guinea pigs! Yes, we are! Slated to hit Broadway in April 2013, the revival of Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde the Musical is barreling into Belk Theater for eight performances — a mere five weeks after the new production began its 25-city national tour in San Diego. Charlotte is the fourth city to see how Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis fares in the schizoid title role and how R&B diva and Grammy nominee Deborah Cox fares as sweet streetwalker Lucy Harris.

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Yes, Frank Wildhorn's version has far more romance happening than the original Robert Louis Stevenson novella, thanks to the book and lyrics by four-time Tony nominee Leslie Bricusse. Those disfigurements certainly helped the original Broadway version, which opened in 1997 and logged 1,543 performances. Aside from the head-snapping climax, highlights include "This Is the Moment," "A New Life," and "Someone Like You." $20 and up. Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Nov. 10, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

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