This theater publicity image released by The Hartman Group shows Deborah Cox during a performance of “Jekyll & Hyde” playing at the Marquis Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/The Hartman Group, Chris Bennion)
NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, it is bombastic and overwrought. It’s true that there’s enough smoke to make three Whitesnake videos. OK, it sometimes makes “The Phantom of the Opera” seem small and staid.
But there’s something to cheer about in the revival of “Jekyll & Hyde” that has rolled into Broadway after a 25-week national tour. It is what it is, and it does that very well. It’s a big, loud rock opera and makes no apologies for itself. Nor should it. If you wanted a subtle musical without stabbings and bondage, what exactly are you doing at “Jekyll & Hyde”?
The new version that opened Thursday at the Marquis Theatre — arriving 16 years after its debut — takes itself so seriously that it almost veers into camp, but it’s a stunningly beautiful steampunk vision with great costumes, projections and sets.
Plus, the three main vocalists who came along to sing these Frank Login to read more