Theatre / Jekyll & Hyde

Man is not one, but two;
He is evil and good.
And he walks the fine line
We'd all cross if we could!
And he's waiting...right behind the facade.

Jeckyl and Hyde- perfect for people who find Andrew Lloyd-Webber's music too challenging!
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The stage adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Broadway veterans Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse.

This show contains examples of:

  • All Musicals Are Adaptations
  • The Artifact: Simon was originally going to have a bigger part, to be eventually revealed as the benefactor of the Red Rat. But the love triangle-and-a-half was already complicated enough without adding him in. The end result was him showing up in one of the first scenes to imply having feelings for Emma, and then vanishing completely until the last scene.
  • Asshole Victim: The Bishop of Basingstoke turns out to be a Pedophile Priest; he's the first to die. The other board members are more obnoxious and snooty than anything else and certainly don't deserve to die for it.
  • Badass Boast: Hyde's song "Alive!" in both its Concept Album and Broadway iterations.
    Hyde:' I have a thirst that I cannot deprive, never have I felt so alive! There is no battle I couldn't survive! Feeling like this... feeling alive!
    Hyde: Tonight, I'll plunder heaven blind, steal from all the gods! Tonight, I'll take from all mankind, conquer all the odds! I feel I'll live on forever! With Satan himself by my side!
    • Not quite badass, but Jekyll pretty much sings an entire love song to himself in "This is the moment".
  • Bad Girl Song: Most productions give Lucy one.
  • Betty and Veronica: A strange case. Emma is wealthy and engaged to Henry, Lucy is penniless and Henry's rather oblivious to how much she loves him. They both seem to be Betty-Veronica hybrids, and science is his Third-Option Love Interest.
    • For Lucy, she is in love with Jekyll (Betty) while being harassed by the vicious Hyde (Veronica).
    • Emma is also in love with simple doctor Jekyll (Betty) over Simon Stride (Veronica). In other versions Stride is also interested in Lucy, becoming the Veronica to Jekyll and the Betty to Hyde.
  • Black Best Friend: George Merritt as Utterson.
  • Bleached Underpants: Lucy's occupation as a prostitute was much more blatant in the 1994 concept recording; in the Broadway version she is obstinately a singer.
    • They didn't exactly transfer the prostitute-to-singer thing very well, as she has a boss that acts exactly like a pimp, and she acts as if she's obligated to have sex with customers, and the place she works at is a tavern (?) called the Red Rat in a particularly shady part of town.
  • Concept Album: Four of them (1987, 1990, 1994 and 2012), of which three are commercially available. The 2012 edition is the basis of the 2013 Broadway Revival, which starred Constantine Maroulis and Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox.
  • Counterpoint Duet: Lucy and Emma about Jekyll in "In His Eyes", Jekyll and Hyde in "Confrontation" (where the same actor plays both parts, meaning he's talking to himself).
  • Crowd Song: "Facade" and its reprises (they number anywhere from two to five depending on the production) and "Murder! Murder!"
  • Cut Song: The show is notorious for it, though it isn't surprising given it's numerous revisions. "I Need To Know", the reprise to "Once Upon A Dream", and several of Lucy's numbers often get the cut depending on which production you follow.
    • Several of the cut songs from the concept album have been reinstated in international productions and the US tour, and the versions available for school and community theatre productions include many of them as well.
      • "We Still Have Time" has not appeared anywhere beyond the original 1987 concept album.
  • Dark Reprise: Lots.
    • "Facade" is a pretty dark song already, but still manages to get four reprises and two of them are even darker.
    • Ditto "Lost In The Darkness", a dark song managing to be darker — the first time it's about Jekyll's father, the second it's about Dr. Jekyll himself.
    • Lucy sings "Sympathy, Tenderness" about Jekyll — the tune is reprised by Hyde as he is stabbing her to death.
    • In the concept album, Jekyll got a Dark Reprise of Emma's "Once Upon A Dream".
  • Deadpan Snarker: The board members tend to turn people into this, especially Jekyll, Emma, and Hyde. Although Hyde certainly didn't need any help...
  • Developing Doomed Characters: The hospital board meeting, the engagement party, the visit to the Red Rat...
  • Downer Ending: See...
  • Driven to Suicide: Utterson was originally supposed to shoot Jekyll which would have made this I Cannot Self-Terminate, but in the final version Utterson balks, forcing Jekyll to run himself onto Utterson's drawn swordstick.
    • Some variations have Jekyll attempt to kill himself during "Confrontation". However, Hyde doesn't take this well and they fight for control. Also see...
  • Dying as Yourself
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Confrontation", which features a Talking To Themselves moment when Jekyll and Hyde duet.
  • Evil Is Petty: The 2011 UK Tour had Hyde popping a child's balloons and throwing another kid into a dustbin during "Alive".
  • Faux Affably Evil: Hyde has a few nice lines.
  • Fighting from the Inside / "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The ending.
  • Follow the Leader: It probably wasn't written as an answer to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera but that show's popularity, combined with its unavailability to theater companies, undoubtedly helped this horror-romance musical get the attention it did and as many productions as it has. It's the show equivalent of Poor Man's Substitute.
    • The music style and romantic triangle also had a noticeable resemblance to Les MisÚrables.
  • Forceful Kiss: Depending on the production and actors, the kiss between Jekyll and Lucy after "Sympathy, Tenderness" might be this, especially if Jekyll is oblivious to her feelings.
  • For Science!: Jekyll's original motivation in the concept albums and the 2013 Broadway Revival (evidenced in "I Need To Know", which originally opened the show).
  • Gallows Humour: Hyde has several examples when he murders his enemies.
  • Hotter and Sexier: "A Dangerous Game" has always had sexual undertones, but concert tour album Jekyll & Hyde Resurrection adds a heavy R&B beat. The 2012 version upon which the Broadway Revival is based cranks it up to eleven.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Lucy, in some versions. Even in the original Broadway Production where her prostitution is white-washed away, this is still the core of her character.
  • "I Am" Song: "Emma's Reasons", "Take Me As I Am" (Jekyll and Emma), "Alive!" (Hyde), the Cut Song "Girls Of The Night" (Lucy).
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Inverted. John finds he can't Mercy Kill Jekyll, forcing the latter to hurl himself on John's blade instead.
  • "I Want" Song: "This Is The Moment", "Someone Like You", "A New Life", Jekyll's Cut Song "I Need To Know".
  • Intercourse with You: "A Dangerous Game" in the 2013 Broadway version, where Hyde outright ties Lucy's wrists and takes her on a table.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: No kidding?
  • Lost in Imitation: Jekyll's romantic travails come from movie adaptations, not the book.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Sigh, where to begin! Simon Stride likes Emma who loves Jekyll who loves her back while Lucy loves him too. Jekyll is also attracted to Lucy but this only comes out when he's Hyde, who is obsessed with Lucy. This gets more complicated in early versions where Stride is also attracted to Lucy.
  • Love Triangle: Emma/Jekyll/Lucy. Simon/Emma/Jekyll. And, of course, the crazy Jekyll/Lucy/Hyde triangle. In addition, some versions show Simon as attracted to Lucy, which adds a bit more complication.
  • Loving a Shadow: Lucy knows virtually nothing about Henry at all besides the fact that he is wealthy and doesn't treat her like dirt. Even though he barely remembers her existence, she seems to romanticize him as a way out of her life as a "singer".
  • Mad Scientist: Obviously.
  • Male Gaze: In the DVD recording, there's a scene where Lucy is carried off stage and the camera angle seems to have a perfect view of seeing straight down her cleavage.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: "Your Work And Nothing More" near the end of Act 1 where all the characters worry about Jekyll who has become a recluse.
  • Mercy Kill: In the 1994 concept album and Vienna production, Utterson shoots Jekyll at the wedding reception to prevent him harming anyone else as Hyde.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When Hyde confronts the Bishop of Basingstoke in a dark alley. It doesn't go well for The Bishop.
  • Painful Transformation: In both "First Transformation" and "Confrontation", Hyde forcibly takes over Henry's body. It isn't pretty by any means.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In the Hasselhoff version at least, no one seems to recognize Jekyll from Hyde at all, and are shocked to witness his transformation, despite the fact that they look, sound, and dress identically, the only difference being sometimes Jekyll's hair isn't in his face, but not always.
  • Pedophile Priest: The Bishop of Basingstoke in some productions.
  • Pet the Dog: Alone among the "hypocrites", Lord Savage seems to show concern for his fellows, making an attempt to rescue Lady Beaconsfield (half-hearted, but still) and expresses worry about Jekyll being next in line to be murdered when he attempts to flee to Scotland. If he only knew...
  • Satellite Love Interest: Emma doesn't seem to have much to her character beyond "Jekyll's Fiancée". Even Lucy, who is given much more time and focus only seems to exist as "Girl who likes Jekyll".
  • Self Cest: The cover of the David Hasselhoff DVD looks like Jekyll and Hyde are having an intimate moment.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Lucy much prefers Jekyll over Hyde. And Emma (and, depending on the version, Lucy too) prefers Jekyll over Simon Stride.
  • Solo Duet: "Confrontation".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Sir Danvers Carew, the only character to be murdered in the original work, gets off scot free at the end. Unlike much of the supporting cast.
  • Taking You with Me: Jekyll threatens Hyde with this in "Confrontation", and follows through with it in the finale.
    Jekyll: If I die, you die too.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The death of The Bishop of Basingstoke at the end of Act I. Hyde corners the unwitting Bishop in an alley and this exchange occurs:
    The Bishop: Don't you know who I am?!
    Hyde: Yes! I know exactly who... you... are. Eminent churchman and philanthropist, friend to those in need... especially of the female gender and years still tender. Who does not know Rupert, 14th Bishop of Basingstoke, our city's most degenerate, diseased, and corrupt hypocrite! Hypocrite! Hypocrite! Hypocrite!
    • Hyde then proceeds to beat the Bishop to death with his own cane and set the body aflame. Of course, the Bishop was a pedophile and one of the few victims who had it coming.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Hyde, to Jekyll.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Multiple examples, and the key change often indicates the climax.
    • "This is the Moment" begins in E Major (4 Sharps) and the very last verse is in F Major (1 Flat).
    • Emma's "Take Me As I Am" is mostly in Bb Major (2 Flats) but the last verse is in regular B Major (5 Sharps).
    • Showstopper "I Need To Know" shifts from C Sharp Minor to D Minor.
      • The "Confrontation" song is a very interesting example. There are four individual rhythms in the song - one rhythm is Hyde singing alone (at the beginning of the song), and that is in the key of E Minor. Then when Jekyll and Hyde duet, the rhythm is fast-paced and in C Minor. It goes E to C one again, and then the last two verses ("For I'll live inside you forever" / "It's Over Now") are in a 3/4 time signature and in the key of A Minor. Shockingly, it all works.
  • Villain Love Song: "A Dangerous Game", as Hyde seduces Lucy.
  • Villain Song: And how! Both the Concept Album and the Broadway Show share Hyde's "Alive!", though in different contexts - in the Musical, the song is split in two to decribe Hyde's birth, and then given a Dark Reprise as he murders The Bishop Of Basingstoke by beating him to death with his own cane, (which he later keeps) and then setting the body on fire! In the Concept Album, Hyde sings it as he fights his way out of the Club/Whorehouse, pursuing Lucy and culminating in her rape in the streets. Oddly enough, the lyrics fit both instances.
    Hyde: Animals trapped behind bars in the zoo need to run rampant and free, predators live on the prey they pursue, and this time the predator's ME!
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Murder! Murder!"
  • Widowed at the Wedding: Happens to Lisa/Emma.
  • Woman in White: Lucy wears a fancy white kimono style nightgown to bed. Which is odd considering she's supposed to be dirt poor and the other scenes had her wandering around in ratty old sweaters and rags.