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Jekyll and Hyde musical opens at Just Off Broadway Theatre

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Phantom of the Opera, even though dark and scary in nature turned into a mega-hit on the stage as a musical, so why not Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde following? The musical version did just that, but not with the same success and now Kansas City audiences can see the show, from Feb. 28 through March 16 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.

She & Her Productions launches their version of the Stevenson classic that comes from the conceptual ideas of Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. Tiffany Schweigert directs Jekyll and Hyde along with musical director, Jim Vinkenberg. The music is by Wildhorn and the lyrics and book for the musical tragedy are by Leslie Bricusse.

Following a world premiere run in Houston, Texas the musical embarked on a national tour of the United States prior to its Broadway debut in 1997. Jekyll and Hyde opened at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway and ran for more than 1,500 performances, a record long-run for the Plymouth Theater.

On Broadway, Jekyll and Hyde grabbed four Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical - Book by Leslie Bricusse. Best Actor in a Musical, Best Costume Design, and Best Lighting Design, but failed to bring home the coveted award. The musical did fare better with one Theater World Award, and two Drama Desk Awards out of three nominations.

Bricusse rose to fame with several musicals and collaborations. He is often associated with stage star, Anthony Newley. Some of Bricusse’s more famous songs from musicals and movies include: "What Kind of Fool Am I?" "Who Can I Turn To, " "Feeling Good, " "Goldfinger," "A Guide for the Married Man," "You Only Live Twice," "Talk to the Animals," "Candy Man," and "Pure Imagination."

For the Kansas City production by She and Her, the Jekyll and Hyde cast is: Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde, Alex Bigus; Emma Carew, Katie Meador; Lucy Harris, Kelsie Clark; John Utterson, Chris Gleeson; Simon Stride, Andy Perkins; Sir Danvers Carew, Dennis Maddux; Nellie Manageress “The Red Rat”, Vicki Kerns; The Bishop of Basingstoke, Ray Zarr; Lord Savage/Spider, Taylor Bottles; Lady Beaconsfield, Joy Richardson; Sir Archibald Proops, Trenton Bottles; General Lord Glossop. Richard J. Burt. Ensemble includes: Miles Wirth, Ali Watson, Zachery Phillips, Emmy Hadley, Christoph Cording, Legna Cedillo, Shannon Buhler, Rachel Adcock, Katherine Ruprecht, Nicole Santorella, Megan Hill, John Van De Voort.

Performances begin at 8p.m. evenings and at 2p.m. for Sunday matinees, Schweigert said. Performance dates: Feb. 28, March 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, and 16; Sun., March 16 at 2p.m. Tickets prices range from 12-$18. For tickets call: 816.784.5020 or purchase online at: www.brownpapertickets.com/ref/81046/event. More information is available at: www.sheandherproductions.com (Adult Fare)

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