Lyric Theatres Jekyll and Hyde
The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde late February next year at the Wendouree Centre of Performing Arts. Production staff include Stephen Armati as Director, Ian Govan Musical Director, Robyn Womersley Choral Director, Choreographer / Asst Director, Katherine Armati. Assistant Musical Director Sarah Barlow, Assistant Choral Director Carolyn Bennett and Assistant Choreographer, Gin O’Brien.
Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerised audiences the world over. Amazingly the professional production flopped in Melbourne in the 90s.
It was way ahead of its time. This new version has just completed a standing room only season in Melbourne and may go to Sydney later next year.
It’s an evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.
Many wonderful movie versions have been made over the years but this is the first musical stage version and the music along with the story and presentation are truly outstanding.
Lyric Theatre have assembles a sterling local cast featuring Aidan Brady and Dylan Shalless as alternative leads. Other principle cast members include
Megan Scott as Lucy Harris, Carmen Morris as Emma Carew, Carolyn Bennett as Lady Beaconsfield, Gareth Grainger as John Utterson, Chris Hiscock as Sir Danvers Carew, Phillip Howden as the Bishop, Matthew Henderson as Simon Stride, Liam Kelly as Spider, Horace Tang as the Manservant, Linda Odgier as Nelly, Josh Lloyd as Lord Glossop and Aaron Bonnel-Hoy as Lord Savage. The show has a cast of 40 artists with many who performed in last year’s brilliant Jesus Christ Superstar.
Booking are now open at the Wendouree Centre of Performing Arts and the show dates are February 28th – March 10th.