These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Jekyll & Hyde
Alternative Character Interpretation: Sit down for a moment and think about this musical's take on Hyde. He still looks like Jekyll, just with loose hair and an evil grin. He brutally murders the people that pissed Jekyll off, and he rapes the woman Jekyll was attracted to but didn't dare become involved with because of the engagement to Emma, whom he later assaults at the wedding. For being a piece of romantic musical fluff, this show makes it easier than almost any other version of the story to interpret Hyde as simply a name Jekyll gives his repressed depravity. Congratulations, Frank Wildhorn, you have potentially beaten Alan freaking Moore at being Darker and Edgier.
That isn't an alternative interpretation, it's the canon one. In the source story, Jekyll straight up explains that that freedom is why he makes the potion, and it's why he continues to imbibe it. Even in the musical, Jekyll states that the potion makes him feel "twice as alive and tenfold more wicked, which intoxicates and delights me like wine." He's addicted to the freedom, and keeps up with it, not attempting to stop until his actions have gone well past the point of being unforgivable.
Am I a good man ... am I a mad man? There's such a fine line...
"Confrontation" is kind of a meta-example for the actor, because to act and sing a ridiculously difficult song while switching between two completely different personalities every five seconds is an automatic CMOA.
Evil Is Cool: Hyde represents everything Jekyll enters his experiments seeking to isolate and destroy, but his decision to use himself as the subject of the experiment proves a fatal error when this trope comes into play. Rather than being repulsed by Hyde's monstrous nature, Jekyll is initially fascinated by his darker side and envies his ability to act without morals or inhibition to enjoy life to the fullest. Unfortunately, Jekyll dramatically underestimates what Hyde is capable of with nothing holding his impulses in check while overestimating his ability to control him; once Hyde realizes suicide from the success-obsessed Jekyll is an empty threat, and that Henry is no longer strong enough to contain him even with altered drugs, he begins to rampage with impunity, alerting Jekyll to the danger he has placed himself and everyone he knows in only when it's far too late to regain control of the experiment.
Jerkass Has a Point: As with Strawman Has a Point below, we already have ample reason to dislike Simon by the time he voices his own objections to Jekyll's proposed experiment, but he has a point that Henry's well-intentioned goals don't change the fact his intended method of using personality-altering drugs on another human being in an attempt to remove evil from them is incredibly unethical from a medical standpoint. It can be argued that since Jekyll has the measure of what a jackass Simon is and the fact he brings this up more to humiliate Jekyll than anything else, Jekyll inadvertently ignores the realization his experiment really is impossible to condone because the people shooting him down are such jerks about it.
Romantic Plot Tumor: Hoo boy... A huge percent of the songs and scenes in the musical are just the two love interests singing about being in love, they're good songs, but still.
Strawman Has a Point: As Peter Filichia notes in his book Let's Put on a Musical!, the board members' unwillingness to sanction Jekyll's work is actually understandable.
It's possibly the biggest tragedy in the show, that the initial antagonists are right, and the hero is wrong.
However, if the Governors had allowed Jekyll to test his theories on a human subject, perhaps under controlled conditions he could have succeeded.
Tear Jerker: The song "A New Life" is pretty depressing enough as it is, much more so when you know what's about to happen afterwards.
I saw a production where The Spider took the letter from her and called her a whore directly before the song (which began with her sobbing). Tears.
One could argue that the very first song, "Lost in the darkness", qualifies, too, as Jekyll is visiting his catatonic father in the madhouse and promises him to find the cure, wishing him good-night in a tender voice in the end.
What an Idiot: If Lucy hadn't dragged her heels and sung "A New Life", she might not have been killed!
Well it was the middle of the night, I doubt any train tickets would be available to purchase at that exact moment anyways.
She was packing while she sang it. If Bricusse and Wildhorn had cut that song, Hyde probably still would've stormed in while she was cramming her bags.
The Woobie: Say what you will about Linda Eder's clearly superior vocal performance, but the DVD Release features Colleen Sexton as Lucy and she sure looks like someone killed her puppy.
David Hasselhoff was the final Jekyll/Hyde in the show's Broadway run (the ads had him noting "This ain't no day at the beach"). One of the performances was videotaped and released on DVD. Some consider his performance to be Narm Charm of the purest kind, though it's clear that, skills aside, he certainly put his all into the role.
Takeshi Kaga was actually quite well-known for starring in musicals in Japan prior to his Iron Chef days — he had also played Jean Valjean and Jesus, among other roles.