Jekyll & Hyde - The Musical
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So let me preface this by saying that I really am a fan of this show. Some people consider "Jekyll" sort of a "Phantom-lite". I, myself, have never been the biggest supporter of "Phantom of the Opera". It's fine, full of bombast, but hardly the revolutionary experience that people give it credit for. "Jekyll" does play to similar themes, but has a stronger overall soundtrack. Instead of a couple of showstoppers like "Phantom", "Jekyll" is filled with memorable power ballads. Not the most complicated show musically, it is very accessible. And when you have great singers, these simpler and emotionally charged songs become pop opera and quite moving.
So, without hesitation, I recommend the original Broadway Cast recording!!! Robert Cuccioli, Linda Eder and Christiane Noll are superb. You couldn't hope for better.
But here's the problem with this DVD, it's not this great cast--NO, the star is David Hasselhoff. So you see my problem, don't you? Look, I'm not going to be unkind--it's an easy target. Let's just say this. If you're a fan of the show, he doesn't completely ruin it. And it's not like there are any other versions to add to your collections. If you are new to the show, I'm still recommending it provisionally. I wish there were another option. If you like the show, though--and I think you will--please rush over and buy the 1997 Cast recording. Treat yourself to how "Jekyll & Hyde" should really sound. KGHarris, 10/06.
Of course, in my experience of musicals I have never actually seen a Broadway show on Broadway. When your main diet of such things are touring companies or productions in L.A. or the Twin Cities you become accustomed to hearing voices other than the original (the exception would be seeing Michael Crawford perform "Phantom of the Opera" in L.A.).
As for Hasselhoff's performance of the show's anthem, "This is the Moment," my complaint remains that the song simply does not fit the story (a truth proven every time someone uses it for their ice skating routine). After all, nobody who sees this show is going to be unfamiliar with the story: we know what is going to happen when Dr. Jekyll takes his injection. The result is that "This is the Moment" provides the worst sort of unintentional irony.Read more ›
I love Jekyll and Hyde. I have seen it on stage numerous times, and I listen to the soundtrack frequently (original Broadway cast). Stevenson's story is brilliant and timeless. The story as a musical works well and is clever. This version, however, does not work.
Let me start with the star, David Hasselhoff. Vocally, he can handle the part. He is not a fabulous singer, but he sounds pretty good most of the time. It is his acting that cannot handle the part. He is rather stiff most of the time then tries to emote by pounding his chest or raising his arms in the air which of course just looks apish. The supposed climatic song, "This is the Moment" is very anticlimatic in this production. Hasselhoff seems to be concentrating on just singing the words. He does do surprising well with "Confrontation" which I imagine is a difficult song to perform as he transforms back and forth between two characters.
Hasselhoff is not the only less-than-stellar performer. None of the lead parts are played by anyone of great talent.
I was disappointed in this production. Jekyll & Hyde is a great musical when performed by a great cast. Unfortunately no greatness was present in this production.
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I'm probably not the best person to be reviewing this DVD because the first version of this musical was the concept album with Anthony Warlow and I'm a bit biased on Anthony's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Days
It is darn rare for anybody to record a Broadway show in its original run and I have to thank Hoff for taking the money out of his own pocket so we have a historic memento of a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Dissinger
Love this show. Really hope they'll bring it back to the stage.Published 7 months ago by Louis Janeira
Very nicely done DVD, wasn't expecting it to be a recording of the live broadway show though. Which I consider a added bonus.Published 12 months ago by Lee Shapiro
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