I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Are you more Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde? Come find out
Let me start this review by stating that I am a member of the production team and production company that put this show together, however, until the final dress and tech rehearsal last night, I had only seen and heard snippets of this production through rehearsals.
Jekyll & Hyde the Musical is the epic struggle between good and evil that comes to life on stage in this musical phenomenon. Based on the 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.
A tale of two men – one, a doctor and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman; and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both women are in love with the same man and unaware of his dark secret. Science devotee, Dr Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough to solve mankind's most challenging medical dilemmas. As the subject of his own experiments, Dr Jekyll accidentally unleashes the man the world has come to know as Mr Hyde.
Sitting in the audience last night I was totally mesmerised by the way this show has come together. On a relatively small stage, director Zoe Jay has put the show together in a way that takes the audience all across old London – from Jekyll's lab in his home, to the streets, and The Red Rat club. While dark at times, the show kept me captivated from beginning to end – I couldn't take my eyes away from what was happening.
The orchestra, lead by Liam House, sounded fantastic (this was the first time I had actually heard them too). And even being between the audience and the stage didn't detract from the action, and the sound was well balanced that the cast could still be heard past the musicians.
Following their sold-out season of Oliver The Musical in 2019, Jekyll & Hyde is presented by Laughing Horse Productions at the Don Russell Theatre in Thornlie, Opening this Friday the 13th of March, for six shows only, this is one show you want to get along and watch if you get the chance.