Jekyll & Hyde Reboots, Returns to Houston With Teal Wicks

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Teal Wicks plays the Jekyll & Hyde fiance
The toughest part of playing the fiance of Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde) is not the mounting tension as the man she loves becomes increasingly erratic in his behavior, according to Teal Wicks, the actress playing Emma Carew.

"The hardest thing is putting on the corsets and buckles," she says, laughing. And this is an actress who's far from a novice at getting ready to go onstage -- her breakthrough role in 2011 was playing the green-faced witch Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway.

Now she's coming to Houston in composer Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde, a musical that originated in Houston and that has been significantly tweaked over the years since it first appeared on Broadway to mixed critical write-ups. Theatre Under the Stars is presenting the production.

They've cut some of the excess music and characters, toughened up Wicks' character and "done a lot of re-orchestrating of the songs so they sound completely new," according to Wicks.

"They've tried to give Emma a little more guts and wit," Wicks says, as her character decides to stand by her man despite mounting evidence that something has gone very awry with the good doctor.

"My character Emma, she sort of grew up in society in London but was always a passionate lady who likes to follow her passions rather than her duty. She falls in love with Dr. Jekyll (played by Constantine Maroulis) and they get engaged. She loves his commitment and passion for his work."

Wicks grew up in California and took ballet lessons at an early age. She fell in love with theater after seeing the movie Annie and decided that's what she wanted to do. Fortunately, as she discovered later, she could sing as well. Moving to New York City after graduating from UC Irvine, she says she found work in the theater world almost immediately.

"My dream is to originate a role in a new musical," she says. "I'm hoping to create a character from the ground up. I'd love to do more plays and travel in Europe again."

Jekyll & Hyde offers "a very entertaining night at the theater. It's got amazing effects," she says. "The set and the technical design of the show is really stunning [in fact it is so involved the the Houston performances had to be moved back by a day when they discovered they wouldn't have enough time to get the set here after the last performance in San Diego] and the music is so lovely to indulge in."

Jekyll & Hyde runs October 10-21 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information call 713-558-8887, or visit the TUTS website.


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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

800 Bagby St., Houston, TX

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11 comments
FansOfTealWicks
FansOfTealWicks

@tutshouston @TealWicks @JekyllMusical she's amazing!!!

tutshouston
tutshouston

@fansoftealwicks I'm so excited to see her! Just a few more weeks for us here in Houston!

tipofmytongue06
tipofmytongue06

@FansOfTealWicks @ArtAttackHP @TealWicks Your Very Welcome.... Good Article can't wait to go see @JekyllMusical

tipofmytongue06
tipofmytongue06

@FansOfTealWicks @ArtAttackHP @TealWicks You Very Welcome! Good Article :)

FansOfTealWicks
FansOfTealWicks

@tutshouston so excited for you guys! I've seen @JekyllMusical 3x now I luv it! Seeing 3 more in @BroadwaySD. It's that good. Amazing cast!

FansOfTealWicks
FansOfTealWicks

@tipofmytongue06 @ArtAttackHP @TealWicks @JekyllMusical yes good article! When you seeing the show?

FansOfTealWicks
FansOfTealWicks

@BroadwaySD oh wow. Too bad I'm flying in Oct 5th :( Seeing it Oct 5, 6 and 7.

BroadwaySD
BroadwaySD

@FansOfTealWicks are you seeing the show Oct 2? Interested in telling us what you thought after the show that night? filming testimonials...

FansOfTealWicks
FansOfTealWicks

@tipofmytongue06 @ArtAttackHP @TealWicks @JekyllMusical Wonderful!! Me too! Can't wait

tipofmytongue06
tipofmytongue06

@FansOfTealWicks @ArtAttackHP @TealWicks @JekyllMusical Next Month just counting down now!!

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