How do you get from Skid Row to Broadway? Practice your scream. It worked for Sebastian Bach , who's taken his metal scream and rock 'n' roll attitude from the arena floor to the footlights of Broadway, starring in the hit musical Jekyll & Hyde
in 2000. After his turn in Jesus Christ Superstar
, some thought his rock star persona was too much for the legitimate stage, but N.C. Theatre's executive director and producer William Jones says Bach's not too flamboyant for this role. "I don't think it's possible," says Jones of the ex Skid Row frontman. "He's very flamboyant, but I just left rehearsal, and it's written for a rock star. It's Frank Wildhorn's music, and he always said he wanted a rock star to sing this stuff. And Sebastian sings the heck out of it." In the starring role, Bach tries to save his dying father with a new drug of his own invention. When the drug is deemed too dangerous, Jekyll/Hyde kills all the people who have denied him the right to create the drug. "He's basically a vigilante," Jones says. "Unfortunately, he goes a little too far. So it's actually the perfect vehicle for a rock star." In the production, Bach is reunited with Raleigh native George Robert Merritt, reprising his Broadway role as Dr. Jekyll's friend John Utterson.
Jekyll & Hyde runs Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the BTI Center. Tickets and times information at 831-6950 or www.nctheatre.com .