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Jekyll & Hyde the Musical

a Musical
by Conceived for stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn, Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Music by Frank Wildhorn,

COMPANY : Act 3 Productions [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Act 3 Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 4441

SHOWING : April 12, 2013 - April 27, 2013



Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's stirring tale of good vs evil.Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with the human personality in an effort to find a cure for his father's mental illness. He uncovers his own dark side, the evil Mr. Hyde, who terrorizes the citizens of late 19th century London.

Director Patti Mactas
Costume Design Brad Dickey
Music Director Lyn Taylor
Ensemble/Rosie Sarah Frey
Lucy Ansley Elizabeth Gwinn
General Glossop Patrick Hill
Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde Chris Ikner
Emma Carew Michelle Peck
Simon Stride Zach Phelps
John Utterson Daniel Pino
Sir Danvers Carew Joel Rose
Lord Savage/Poole Mike Yow
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Not Quite Through-Sung
by playgoer
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I wish I liked Act3's "Jekyll & Hyde" more than I did. Maybe it was the physical chunkiness of the actors in the lead three roles. Maybe it was the over-energetic, high-school-like hoots and hollers from the sold-out crowd after each number. Maybe I just don't like the story all that much. In any case, my appreciation of the production is more at a conceptual level than a visceral level.

The set design by Theresa Dean is phenomenal. The audience is placed in a V, with a small playing space between the two halves. A balcony upstage and flanking staircases expand the playing space. The main area of the stage is backed by doorways with wonderfully random arrangements of planks. It's a strong visual statement, and it works to let the tiny Act3 black box theatre become filled quickly with the large cast.

Director Patti Mactas' staging keeps the action moving. During the longest scene changes, little dance moments choreographed by Johnna Mitchell keep the audience's attention. I thought them a bit pointless in terms of the story, but they show a true concern for keeping the audience involved. Ms. Mactas also minimizes the impact of stage rearrangement by moving action to the stairs, with focused lighting by Travis Seminara, as the rearrangement begins before scene end.

Musical direction by Lyn Taylor makes the orchestra and singers sound great. For a show that is nearly through-sung, there's a lot of music going on. Not all voices are of the same quality, but all roles are sung with conviction.

Acting is also fine. Chris Ikner shows a clear delineation between kind Dr. Jekyll and evil Mr. Hyde. He is aided by lighting and by Greg Windle's sound design that give Mr. Hyde red lights and reverb, but the acting could stand on its own. The meshing of technical elements and performance is yet another indication that Ms. Mactas had the audience in mind in her direction. As an audience member, I greatly appreciate that.

There are a lot of fine performances. Ansley Gwinn, as Lucy, and Michelle Davis, as Emma, make the most of their terrific voices in the lead female roles. Joel W. Rose does great work as Emma's father, and Daniel Pino embodies endearing sincerity as Utterson. The Dickensian looks of Zac Phelps help in making Stride memorably unpleasant. All the double-cast actors do fine work, and they and the female ensemble all manage the tricky choreography. The breakout performance, from my perspective, is Haley Flanders as Nellie. She's funny and memorable and natural. Her one big scene is a higlight of the show.

"Jekyll & Hyde" is a dark show that leaves a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth. Act3 is doing it up very well, but the Frank Wildhorn power ballads become a touch much after a while, at least for me. This is a commendable production, but one more to admire than to love, at least for those of us who didn't cut our teeth on "Jekyll & Hyde" as an introduction to musical theatre. The younger crowd is probably more appreciative. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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