Frank Wildhorn’s musicals are generally hit-and-miss affairs that have been both panned and praised over the years. But for this strong revival of Jekyll & Hyde, under the skillful direction of Marco Gomez, praise is in order. Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, with book and lyrics by veteran songwriter Leslie Bricusse, the play tells of a well-intentioned Victorian doctor whose quest for a cure for evil unwittingly creates a malevolent alter ego.
Chris Kerrigan does the honors as Jekyll/Hyde, tackling a demanding role with tireless verve and skill, while turning in a performance that is just shy of flawless. Amber Gildersleeve and Cassandra Nuss are the doctor’s ill-fated love interests, both possessing lovely voices, but the nod clearly goes to the electrifying Nuss, whose vocal range and dexterity are remarkable.
The production is well served by musical director Chris Raymond’s handling of Wildhorn’s musical score, which boasts nearly 30 songs. Gomez and choreographer Angela Todaro are quite effective working with a sizable cast and very limited space; the scene changes are handled with almost military precision, and all performances are uniformly high-caliber. Brandy Jacobs’ scenic design consisting of illustrated sliding panels is attractive and serviceable, as are her striking costumes.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: July 6. Continues through July 29, 2012
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