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Originally printed 11/22/2012 (Issue 2047 - Between The Lines News)

Deborah Cox has had a career in the entertainment industry that most would envy. She's been able to cross back and forth between R&B, jazz, pop and dance in her music career, racking 11 No. 1 hits and a huge gay following in the process. She's also taken her booming dramatic mezzo-soprano voice and acting chops to the stage, making her Broadway debut in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical "Aida" in 2004. Throughout her 17-year career, she's been able to accomplish all of this by doing things her way.

Right now, Cox's way has taken her back to center stage. She's currently co-starring in the touring revival of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's "Jekyll & Hyde" with "American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis. The macabre musical will march onto the Fisher Theater stage Nov. 27-Dec. 2.

Cox's career began after being discovered by Clive Davis while singing back-up for fellow Canadian diva Celine Dion. The road to becoming a chart-topping singer, Broadway star, mother and catnip for the gays is hardly straight. But it's the passion for the work that keeps her ever-creative wheels turning.

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