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.
The stage adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Broadway veterans Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse.The tumultuous history of the musical production bears some mentioning if only for the sheer amount of Cut Songs it generated. The first iteration of the show was played in Houston in 1990 and an album of that show was released featuring Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder as the leads. It was popular enough that some of the songs became breakout hits ("This Is The Moment", for example, was played on the American broadcast of the 1992 Winter Olympics) and that people with more money than sense jumped on the show and pulled it in "14 different directions", eventually miring the production in legal tangles and a shaky attempt in a national tour. The writers decided to produce a new concept album in 1994 of the fully rewritten show which at least structurally resembled what would be the final form of the musical. It went through more rounds of cuts and rewrites before it finally premiered on Broadway in 1997. It ran for over 1500 shows, making it the longest running show at the Plymoth Theatre where it played, but still managed to lose money. It also had lackluster reviews but largely carried through on the backs of its extremely devoted fanbase, called "Jekkies".
This show contains examples of:
Acting for Two: In all of its incarnations, the same actor plays Jekyll and Hyde. Justified since Hyde is supposed to be a second personality. The role of Spider is also often doubled with another role, usually one of the Board of Governors.
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.
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.
Crowning Musicof Awesome: Jekyll & Hyde get a crapton. "This is the Moment", "No One Must Ever Know", "I Need To Know", "Alive" (especially the reprise) and "Confrontation", a stormy and epic number where Jekyll & Hyde duet.
Lucy does get a handful of really good numbers as well.
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 concept album.
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...
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.
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".
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.
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".
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 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.
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.