Thursday, October 18, 2012

Deborah Cox brings R&B style to Broadway-bound 'Jekyll & Hyde' at Straz in Tampa: interview

Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox

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She's been releasing pop and R&B hits for about as long as Justin Bieber has been alive. Launched her acting career in 2004 by playing the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical "Aida."

But Deborah Cox still sounds seriously grateful when congratulated on another successful year.

"I work so hard and put so many hours in and dedication, that sometimes I'm just so in the trenches I don't get to savor and enjoy it," Cox said by phone from a tour stop in Houston. "Thanks for mentioning all that has happened this year, I'm really thankful."

Cox started 2012 by topping Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart for the 11th time with her song "If It Wasn't For Love." The multi-talented entertainer also landed a pair of choice Broadway roles. Cox is Lucy in "Jekyll & Hyde" and will play the lead in the "Josephine Baker" production scheduled for 2014.

Fortunately for local theater enthusiasts, before "Jekyll & Hyde" returns to Broadway next spring, the world-famous musical is on a 25-week nationwide tour that started last month in Southern California and has a six-day engagement at the Straz Center in Tampa starting Tuesday.

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—Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox star in "Jekyll & Hyde." Publicity photo.

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