Jeykll & Hyde

Based on the work by Robert Louis Stevenson
Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn
Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Christiane Noll, Robert Cuccioli

 

Jekyll & Hyde is a rousing gothic musical based on the classic tale of good and evil. Murder and chaos run rampant and evil lurks around every corner, but love and virtue put up a strong fight in this engaging thriller.

 

Dr. Henry Jekyll, pursuing his life-long quest, endeavors to separate the two natures of man. Refused help by his peers and superiors, he begins experiments on himself with his formula. He meets with success, and shocking results.


Rob Evan

The evil nature of Dr. Jekyll surfaces as a separate identity: Edward Hyde. Hyde begins murdering the members of the Board of Governors who previously refused assistance to Jekyll's cause. Meanwhile Jekyll fights in vain to keep his darker half under control.

Caught in the cross-fire of this epic internal struggle are Jekyll's fiancée, Emma Carew (called Lisa in some versions of the show); her father, Sir Danvers; Jekyll's best friend, John Utterson; and a prostitute named Lucy, who becomes entangled with Hyde.

This show mixes together characters from both ends of the social spectrum, songs and scenes that provide ample chills and thrills, and a main character split between the extremes of morality. But are they really that separate... "How do you tell evil from good?"

 

Broadway production photography by
Cylla von Tiedemann and Carol Rosegg.

Where is the show playing now?

Germany: Local and regional productions of Jekyll & Hyde are taking place throughout Germany. The show is currently being presented by Theater Hagen, 4 September 2010 - 3 July 2011; Musikalische Komödie / Oper Leipzig, 1 October - 9 December 2010; Ensemble Theatre Regensburg, 5 October - 20 November 2010; Staatstheater Cottbus, 9 October 2010 - 15 January 2011; and Theater Nordhausen, 29 October - 30 December 2010. Stagings will also be mounted by: Staatsoperette Dresden, 1 March - 12 June 2011; and Ensemble Theatre Magdeburg, 31 March - 5 June 2011. For more information, see the Stagings Section of the Jekyll Website.

Chorzów, Poland: The Polish premiere production of Jekyll began its fourth season at Teatr Rozrywki in Chorzów, Silesia, Poland on 9 October 2010. The first season ran from 1 December 2007 through 20 June 2008, the second ran from 25 September 2008 through 20 June 2009, and the third ran from 3 December 2009 through 21 February 2010. Performances took place on 9 and 10 October 2010 and further performances are possible. The cast has been led by Janusz Krucinski, Marcin Rychcik and Pawel Tucholski as Jekyll/Hyde, Wioletta Bialk and Marta Florek as Lucy and Alona Szostak and Ewa Grysko as Emma. For more information see the Teatr Rozrywki website or the listing on the Jekyll website.

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Swedish Tour: Helsingborgs Stadsteater and Malmö Opera are co-producing a tour of Jekyll which will play in both cities and throughout Skåne County. The tour opened on 5 November 2010 at Malmö Opera. Performances have been announced in Ystad, Osby, Landskrona, Helsingborg, Hässleholm, Kristianstad, Lund, Karlskrona and Jönköping, running through 12 February 2011.The production is directed by Ronny Danielsson and stars Christer Nerfont as Jekyll/Hyde, Laila Adèle as Lucy and Malena Tuvung as Emma. More information is available on the Malmö Opera website and the Jekyll website.

What might happen next?

Hoorn, The Netherlands: Westend Hoorn will present Jekyll at Schouwburg 'het Park' in Hoorn, Noord Holland, The Netherlands, 26-27 November 2010. More information is available on the Westend Hoorn website and the Jekyll website.

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Seoul, South Korea: The Korean production of Jekyll will play a sixth season, presented by OD Musical Company, CJ Entertainment and the Charlotte Theater. Performances take place at the Charlotte Theater in Seoul, from 30 November 2010 through 31 March 2011.

OD Musical Company has presented five past seasons of performances in Seoul and around South Korea. The first season ran in Seoul from 24 July through 21 August 2004 and the second ran from 24 December 2004 through 14 February 2005, both taking place at the COEX Auditorium. The third season was presented from 21 January through 5 February 2006 at the Opera Theatre at the Seoul Arts Center. The fourth season ran from 24 June through 2 July and then 7 July through 15 August 2006 at the National Theater of Korea. The fifth season ran from 11 November 2008 through 22 February 2009 at the LG Arts Center. Additional performances have taken place around South Korea. This production was also presented in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan in March 2006 (see separate listing). For more information visit the Jekyll website or the Korean production website (somewhat Flash-heavy).

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German Tour: A German tour of the show has been announced, presented by Konzertdirektion Landgraf and Stadttheater Fürth. Performances are expected to begin on 10 December 2010 in Fürth, and run into March 2011. The show will then play in Magdeburg, Germany from 31 March until 5 June 2011. The show will be directed by Andreas Gergen and Christian Struppeck (who helmed the show in Magdeburg), with music direction by Heiko Lippmann. Yngve Gasoy Romdal (from the Cologne and Magdeburg productions) is set to star in the title roles, with Sabrina Weckerlin as Lucy and Leah Delos Santos (from the Bremen and Magdeburg stagings) as Lisa.

Australasian Tour ,P>Australasian Tour: The Australasian Tour of Jekyll recently played in Taiwan. Performances took place in Taipei on 17-20 June, Tainan on 24-27 June, Taichung on 1-4 July and Kaohsiung on 9-12 July.

The tour began with a run in South Korea from August through November of 2009, and is also hoped to play in China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. New plans will be posted as they are announced. Brad Little leads the cast as Jekyll/Hyde, with Ana Marina as Emma, Belinda Wollaston as Lucy, Juan Jackson as Utterson and Barry Langrishe as Sir Danvers. Lucy Maunder played Emma for the Korean leg of the tour. More information is available on the Jekyll website.

Jekyll & Hyde is headed for the big screen! The entertainment production and marketing firm The Hatchery is developing a feature film version of Jekyll & Hyde in partnership with Grand Illusions Media Partners. In an October 2007 interview, Frank said that "No, there isn't a [production] timeline and I'd say that it's a few years away. What I can say for sure though is that there are people actively working on it every day, as part of their jobs...so progress is being made!" For more information, see the movie page on the Jekyll Website

Regional U.S. and U.K. Productions: The performance rights for Jekyll are available from Music Theatre International. Local and regional productions are happening throughout the U.S., the U.K. and beyond. You can watch for updates on this site, in the Stagings Section of the Official Jekyll & Hyde Website or in your local theater listings.

What has been done in the past?

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Houston, Texas: Jekyll had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in 1990. Starring were Chuck Wagner as Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder as Lucy, and Rebecca Spencer as Lisa. Jekyll was the Alley's first fully-produced new musical, and it broke box office records, played to sold-out houses, and won acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

First U.S. Tour: The first national tour of Jekyll started in 1995 and travelled to twenty-nine cities. Leading the cast were Robert Cuccioli as Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder as Lucy and Christiane Noll as Lisa.

Broadway Artwork, Second Year

Plymouth Theater, New York: Jekyll opened on Broadway on 28 April 1997, with previews starting on 21 March, and ran through 7 January 2001. It played for a total of 1543 performances and 44 previews, becoming the longest-running show in the history of the Plymouth Theater. The original cast was led by Robert Cuccioli, Linda Eder and Christiane Noll. Other featured performers during Jekyll's years on the boards include leading men Rob Evan, Jack Wagner, Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff, joined by Luba Mason and Coleen Sexton as Lucy, with Anastasia Barzee and Andrea Rivette as Emma. The show was taped in its final weeks in New York, and was aired throughout North and South America on pay-per-view and then released to Video and DVD.

Below is the scene and song list from the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde, which officially opened at the Plymouth Theater on 28 April 1997, after previews beginning on 21 March, and ran through 7 January 2001.

ACT I
 
Scene 1:  A London Street
Prologue John Utterson, Sir Danvers Carew (spoken)
 
Scene 2:  The Violent Ward at St. Jude's Hospital
Lost In The Darkness Dr. Henry Jekyll
 
Scene 3:  A London Square
Façade Ensemble
 
Scene 4:  St. Jude's Hospital
Jekyll's Plea Dr. Henry Jekyll, The Board of Governors
Pursue The Truth Dr. Henry Jekyll, John Utterson
 
Scene 5:  A sidewalk in Regent's Park
Façade (Reprise 1) Ensemble
 
Scene 6:  Sir Danvers Carew's Home in Regent's Park
Emma's Reasons Simon Stride, Emma Carew
I Must Go On Dr. Henry Jekyll, Emma Carew
Take Me As I Am Dr. Henry Jekyll, Emma Carew
Letting Go Sir Danvers and Emma Carew
 
Scene 7:  Dock Side in London's East End
Façade (Reprise 2) Ensemble
 
Scene 8:  Backstage at the Red Rat
No One Knows Who I Am Lucy Harris
 
Scene 9:  The Red Rat
Good 'N' Evil Lucy Harris, Ensemble
 
Scenes 10-12:  Harley Street, Dr. Jekyll's Consulting Room, Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory
Now There Is No Choice Dr. Henry Jekyll
This Is The Moment Dr. Henry Jekyll
First Transformation* Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde
 
Scene 13:  The East End
Alive* Edward Hyde
 
Scene 14:  Harley Street
 
Scene 15:  Dr. Jekyll's Consulting Room, The Carew House
His Work, And Nothing More* John Utterson, Dr. Henry Jekyll, Emma and Sir Danvers Carew
 
Scene 16:  Dr. Jekyll's Consulting Room
Sympathy, Tenderness Lucy Harris
Someone Like You Lucy Harris
 
Scene 17:  An Embankment in Westminster
Alive (Reprise)* Edward Hyde, Ensemble
 
 
ACT II
 
Scene 1:  A London Street, Outside the Cathedral, A Pharmacy, Harley Street, Supper Club Entrance in the West End, Platform at Victoria Station
Murder, Murder* Newsboy, Ensemble
 
Scene 2:  Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory
Once Upon A Dream* Emma Carew
Obsession Dr. Henry Jekyll
 
Scene 3:  The Carew House, The River Bank
In His Eyes Emma Carew, Lucy Harris
 
Scene 4:  A Bridge in London's East End
Dangerous Game Lucy Harris, Edward Hyde
Façade (Reprise 3) Spider, Ensemble
 
Scene 5:  Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory
The Way Back Dr. Henry Jekyll
 
Scene 6:  Lucy's Room above the Red Rat
A New Life Lucy Harris
Sympathy, Tenderness (Reprise) Edward Hyde
 
Scene 7:  Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory
Lost In The Darkness (Reprise) Dr. Henry Jekyll
Confrontation Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde
 
Scene 8:  Westminster
Façade (Reprise 4) Ensemble
 
Scene 9:  St. Anne's Church in Westminster
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Boy Soprano
Finale Emma Carew

Music by Frank Wildhorn and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, except
* Lyrics by Steve Cuden, Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn.

Leslie Bricusse

Leslie Bricusse (Book and Lyrics) is a writer-composer-lyricist who has written more than forty musical shows and films. Over the years he has had the good fortune to enjoy fruitful collaborations with a wonderful array of musical talents, including Anthony Newley, Henry Mancini, John Williams, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, Jule Styne, Quincy Jones, Andre Previn, Frank Wildhorn and Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky (whose "Nutcracker Suite" he adapted into a song score). His stage musicals include Stop The World - I Want To Get Off, The Roar Of The Greasepaint - The Smell Of The Crowd, Pickwick, Harvey, and Sherlock Holmes. He has written songs and/or screenplays for such films as Superman, Santa Claus - The Movie, Home Alone (I & II), Hook, Tom & Jerry - The Movie, and various Pink Panthers. Projects that have been seen on both stage and screen include Doctor Dolittle, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Scrooge, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and Victor/Victoria. He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, nine Grammys and four Tonys, and has won two Oscars, a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards, the premiere British Music Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Award for consistent excellence in British songwriting, and was inducted into the American Songwriters' Hall of Fame - only the fourth Englishman to be so honoured.

Photo courtesy of
Leslie Bricusse

 

 

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