Actor Steps In As Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"
Journal News - Friday, December 11, 1998
Robert Evan of Irvington, a former member
of the University of Georgia varsity football team who
had a brief career as a punter for the Cincinnati
Bengals, is poised to send shock waves among the Jekkies
- the fanatical fans of Broadway's cult musical
"Jekyll & Hyde."
Starting January 5, Evan will replace
Robert Cuccioli in the lead, the closest thing Broadway
has these days to a matinee idol with a fan club.
The father of two small boys, Evan comes
to the role with his own following: He has been playing
Jekyll and Hyde on Wednesday and Saturday matinees since
the show opened 19 months ago, and he was in the cast of
the road show before that. Evan, 30, has long experience
as a cast replacement, he was Valjean opposite Cuccioli's
Javert in "Les Miserables." He calls the dual
role of Jekyll and Hyde "the musical actor's
"It's a big part and it's very
demanding," he says. "It can become comical if
you don't commit yourself to it 100 percent. There's a
certain camp and melodramatic element to the show,
obviously, and you have to embrace that."
To the characters of Jekyll and Hyde,
Evan brings greater physical bulk, lighter coloring, a
slightly higher lyric baritone, and a touch more humor
and less angst to the villainous Hyde.
"You know he's having fun, as well
as being brutal and a madman," he says.
In taking over a role, says Evan,
"You have to live within the parameters created by
the person who played the character before you. You have
to take it step by step. The first thing is hitting your
marks and working properly with the other people onstage.
The show has to evolve. Eventually I will find my way
into a part and hopefully feel like I've made my mark as
- Jacques le Sourd