The Five Greatest Hair Moments in the Musical Jekyll & Hyde

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Jekyll & Hyde's Constantine Maroulis
There are 23 people in the cast of Jekyll & Hyde, but the real star of the show is lead actor Constantine Maroulis' hair. It shimmers, it glistens, it flips, flies and flaps. It goes back in a long ponytail when he's playing brooding Dr. Jekyll and falls down in a loose, sexy mane when he becomes the drug-induced, hooker-murdering alter-ego, Edward Hyde. If hair could sing, Maroulis' mop would win a Tony for its performance. The pre-Broadway 25-city national tour of the Frank Wildhorn/Leslie Bricusse musical opened at the Winspear last night and stays there through December 16. Here are the five best moments performed by Maroulis' hair in this show:

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1. Still sporting the same long, curly, dark brown tresses he had as a contestant on American Idol in 2005 and in the Broadway cast and tour of Rock of Ages, Constantine Maroulis, 37, should always get second billing after his hair. Moments after he first appears at the top of Jekyll & Hyde, one slim, greasy tendril escapes the bonds of the hair-colored scrunchy that holds the rest back in the ponytail worn by ambitious do-gooder Dr. Jekyll. The lone long curl clings passionately to Maroulis' slim cheek as he sings not one but two opening solos: "Lost in the Darkness" (or as he sings it, "dockness") and "I Need to Know." (I need to know how many rehearsals it took for that lock of hair to fall just right down the left side of his face.)

2. The song "Transformation" marks the appearance late in the first act of the sinister Edward Hyde, who comes to life after Jekyll has injected himself with red and green liquids pouring into his neck and arms from a set-up that looks like a Steampunk Jiffy Lube. To become Hyde, Maroulis whips off his wire-rimmed glasses and tears off the ponytail-holder, setting free some 16 inches of rippling wavelets of brunet fabulosity. He shakes that hair like a supermodel and sets out as Hyde to find a hooker.

3. The hooker, Lucy, played by Deborah Cox, lets Hyde tie her up and have his way with her in her dressing room of the Kit-Kat Klub, or whatever it is in this show. In their hottest duet, Cox and Maroulis sing "Dangerous Game" as they have pretend foreplay on her dressing table. Hyde squats down to lick Lucy's juicy ankle at one point and to make sure the audience can see that move, Maroulis flips his wall of shiny Hyde-hair upstage and off his face - just like a porn star flipping her extensions out of the way so the camera can catch the money shot.

4. In the second act, Jekyll and Hyde sing a massive duet, "Confrontation," with Maroulis as Jekyll singing live as a digital, pre-recorded Maroulis-as-Hyde joins in to "screlt" (that's scream and belt in Broadway jargon) in harmony from a portrait over the fireplace. Even their hairdos seem to be fighting to see which one will triumph: good-guy ponytail or sexy-bad-guy shoulder-length-flop. They should've called this number "Conditioner."

5. Tricky hair business at the very end of the show as Jekyll, thinking he's vanquished Mr. Hyde, walks down the aisle wearing a low man-bun to marry good-girl Emma (Teal Wicks, wearing a pretty up-do). But before the vows can be said, Edward Hyde starts to come out. We know this because Jekyll takes off his glasses and whips off that scrunchy again. The half-bun is necessary because it's easier to loosen than a whole long ponytail (right, ladies?). And the transformation has to be quick and uncomplicated. An upside-down flip-and-shake completes the change of character as poor Jekyll, sweaty curls flowing down the back of his wedding shirt, rams a sword through his own heart to kill himself and Hyde. He might just as well have used a rat-tailed comb.

Bravo to Charles G. LaPointe, credited as "hair and wig designer" for Jekyll & Hyde. We tip our wiglet to your work.

Get tickets to Jekyll & Hyde at attpac.org or by calling (214) 880-0202. The show runs through December 16 at the Winspear.


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