Shady business; Hit musical Jekyll and Hyde opens on Broadway next week - but you can see it much closer to home! Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.
But North East theatre-goers can see Jekyll and Hyde much closer to home when it opens on Monday for a six-day run at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, courtesy of the West End Operatic Society.
"You'll save the plane fare," laughs Liam Gilbert, who takes up the roles of Jekyll and Hyde.
"It's a phenomenal part, I'm really looking forward to playing it, the contrasts between the big soaring ballads of Jekyll and the evil, rasping numbers of Hyde.
"Hard, but really rewarding to play. It is an absolutely fabulous production, fabulous show. The music is just absolutely beautiful, the range of music. It has echoes of Les Miserables in it, huge popular ballads and dark numbers as well. There's beautiful light and shade really."
I caught up with the cast as they where in final rehearsals at Westerhope Methodist Church and, from what I saw, it's a production not to miss.
The production is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart.
Convinced the cure for his father's mental illnesses lies in the separation of man's evil nature from his good, Dr Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th Century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.
Katy Bowler plays the part of Lucy, the main attraction at seedy bar The Red Rat, where she lives above.
In her own eyes she is an actress who gents come to watch as part of the floor show. She has to work as a prostitute in order to keep her room and pay the rent. To Lucy, Jekyll is an ideal, something she will never have. Hyde is all she believes she deserves.
Lisa Givens is Emma Carew, Jekyll's fiancee. She is a graceful, elegant young woman with spirit and joy of life. In Jekyll's company she shows a great love and has an easy, fun and flirty manner around him.
Emma makes him smile and will support him in everything.
"I'm from a very wealthy background, I'm lucky in that sense," Lisa says of her character.
"But I haven't let money go to my head. I'm very nice really. I'm very much in love with my fiance and I will battle for him come hell or high water, no matter what anyone says, I will defend him to the end."
Katy adds: "I've got a bit of a shady character who is the main attraction at the Red Rat. She's a bit of a dancer and meets Dr Jekyll there one night and the two of them get a bit of a thing for each other.
"He offers her help and she goes looking for that help and ends up falling in love with him and his alter ego as well, Mr Hyde."
Jekyll and Hyde, at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, from April 8 to 13, has a musical score from award-winning composer Frank Wildhorn and includes the songs This Is The Moment, Someone Like You and In His Eyes.
As the roles of Jekyll/Hyde and Lucy are so demanding, some performances will be played by Brian Jordan and Leanne Harrison.
There is also a two-for-one ticket offer on some performances. Tickets can also be booked through West End Operatic Society on 0191 262 2342.
To see a video of rehearsals from Jekyll and Hyde, visit: www.chroniclelive.co.uk
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Apr 5, 2013|
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