Jekyll & Hyde The Musical

Date 26th September 2013
Society Backstreet Theatre Company
Venue Prince of Wales Theatre Cannock
Type of Production Musical
Director Michele Windsor
Musical Director Gladstone Wilson
Choreographer Michele Windsor

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Author: Brian Hirst

Whether or not you are a devotee of this classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale it cannot be denied that this was a first class production of the musical version.

The staging was very imaginative using the professional touring version’s set and this was complimented by an impressive lighting design.

Adam Robinson (Jekyll/Hyde) gave an amazing performance and this was especially evident in the transformation between his two characters climaxing with ‘Confrontation’. This was a piece of theatre at its best involving all aspects of production.

The singing throughout was very strong particularly by Kayleigh Turu (Lucy), Caroline Evans (Emma), the various ensembles and the chorus. The production was fast paced with use of the stage allowing set changes to take place smoothly without affecting the on-going action.

The two big numbers (Facade and Murder, Murder) were especially effective in their staging with excellent singing and supported by a very competent orchestra.

Every single member of the cast made an invaluable contribution to the success of this venture. The company had engaged in many fund raising activities during the year to ensure that they could fund the 150+ costumes, some 30 wigs, full orchestra, special effects, lighting and sound. From an audience perspective it was well worth it so I wonder what will come next!

The whole event relied very much on team effort and it certainly paid off. Well done to everyone involved in whatever way from the conception to the final curtain!