- Atlanta, Georgia
"...The other stars fare considerably better. Sharon Brown is a
Godsend as 'Lucy.' Her bodice-ripping, campy showstopper "Bring on the Men"
delivers one the show's few titillating moments. Miss Brown somehow manages to overcome
the show's pervasive lack of characterization and create a genuinely sympathetic and
living, breathing character. Andrea Rivette ('Emma Carew') does a fine job, but she can't
escape the transparent nature of her role. James
Clow ('Utterson') and Dennis Kelley ('Sir Danvers Carew') help to redeem the
male portion of the leading cast by giving admirable and refreshingly downplayed performances..."
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Aisle Say Washington/Baltimore
Jekyll & Hyde
- Review by Richard Gist
- "...In the supporting roles of Emma Carew and
John Utterson, Andrea Rivette and James Clow both turn
in crisp performances with their particularly strong singing voices that do decent justice
to the half dozen numbers they are called upon to render. Dennis Kelly is an avuncular,
creditable Sir Danvers..."
- Buffalo, New York
- Theatre Week
- Jekyll & Hyde
by Tony Chase
"...That James Clow, a
superb actor with an impressive list of credits---including all those performances of
Company on Broadway that Boyd Gaines missed---should play the secondary role of Utterson,
Jekyll's friend, is a testimony to the excellence of this cast..."
- Chicago, Illinois
Jekyll & Hyde
Cadillac Palace Theatre
"...I never thought I would actually praise Frank Wildhorn's
music, but it's actually the best part of the show. Some of
his melodies are actually quite pretty. Especially those sung by Kelli O'Hara, who plays
Dr. Jekyll's fiancée Emma. Interesting fact about Emma: in a previous version of the
show, her name was Lisa. But her name was changed to Emma. Probably because it rhymes with
"dilemma, " which is the end of the previous lyric line. I would not be
surprised if that were the reason. That aside, Ms. O'Hara's beautiful voice flatters the music and for a
moment you forget what you're watching. Also turning in a
very good performance is James Clow, as Utterson, Dr. Jekyll's friend..."
- Los Angeles, California
- Hollywood Reporter
'Jekyll & Hyde' (9/9/99)
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
By Ed Kaufman
- "...Credit James Clow, Brian Noonan, Robin Hayes, Bertilla Baker and Dennis Kelly with strong
- LA Daily News
- "...James Clow is also solid in the role of
Jekyll / Hyde's humanistic lawyer..."
- New Times LA
- "...The trouble is, there are two other actors (James Clow
and David Koch) who have the same soft-rock take on the music and similarly flexible tenor
- Memphis, Tennessee
- 'Jekyll & Hyde' Too Schizophrenic
June 17, 1999
The Commercial Appeal
By Whitney Smith
- "...As Jekyll's longtime friend and attorney
John Utterson, James Clow seemed fittingly torn between fear
and loyalty to his friend. Dennis Kelly, who some may remember as a fan in the touring
production of Damn Yankees that played the Orpheum in 1997, now emerges with pink
scrubbed face and gentlemanly attire as Emma's doting father..."
Visuals outshine musical moments "Jekyll & Hyde" score doesn't
Friday, February 25, 2000
- Theatre Review
- Jekyll & Hyde: The Broadway Musical
Company: Portland Opera Presents KeyBank Best of Broadway
By Holly Johnson, special to
"...Sharon Brown as
Lucy, the prostitute who befriends both the good doctor and his evil alter-ego, is
particularly effective in such tender numbers as "Someone Like You," although
her cockney accent isn't convincing. Kelli O'Hara shows just the right restraint as
Jekyll's long-suffering fiance, Emma Carew. And James Clow as John Utterson, Jekyll's faithful friend, serves the story economically
Raleigh , North Carolina
A Tale of Two Faces
The fabulous fever dream of Jekyll & Hyde delighted Raleigh audiences
By Robert W. McDowell
"...Robin Haynes was also terrific as Lucy's creepy pimp, Spider; and David Elledge
contributed a nice cameo as Dr. Jekyll's butler, Poole. James Clow
and Abe Reybold were quite good as John Utterson, Dr, Jekyll's attorney friend and Emma's
erstwhile fiancé, Simon Stride, respectively; and Jamie Ross was excellent as Sir Danvers
Crew, Dr. Jekyll's boss at St. Jude's Hospital and Emma's
deeply concerned father..."
- San Francisco, California
- "Jekyll & Hyde' new, unimproved
Examiner Theater Critic
Aug. 6, 1999
©2000 San Francisco Examiner
- Ever-evolving show still has generic music, banal lyrics
- "JEKKIES TAKE note: Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's
Hyde" has finally made its way to San Francisco. For those who've seen the show time
and again, the self-styled Jekkies who made it a Broadway hit, the show that opened
Thursday at the Orpheum Theater is a chance to see yet another new incarnation...
- The principals sing well, even if Wagner and Rivette's voices are not a good match, as
does the entire large ensemble. James Clow (Jekyll's best
friend), Abe Reybold (his chief rival) and Dennis Kelly (Emma's father) contribute some
particularly strong passages, and Geoffrey Blaisdell delivers a striking, gritty
rephrasing of the show's over-reprised "Facade" theme. The actors do what they
can with the broadly sketched caricatures that pass for the characters. Rivette and Brown
work hard to give Emma and Lucy some depth. Wagner (replaced by Brian Noonan at Wednesday
and Saturday matinees) speaks in a higher register and stands tall as Jekyll, stoops and
growls as Hyde, and looks tormented. To little avail. His climactic quick-change duet with
himself is still unintentionally ridiculous - as it is on Broadway..."
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- The Salt Lake Tribune
Wagner Can't Overcome Seamier Side of 'Hyde'
by Celia R. Baker
- ..."Jekyll and
Hyde" is a musical that has a split personality. That's OK -- so does the main character.
- The show, playing through
Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, is a slick and stylish entertainment with several engaging characters, and it tells a
classic story about the human struggle between good and evil. But just like Victorian
London, where the action occurs, it has a seamy side. This conception of the story skimps
on psychological and musical depth, and draws the crowds by exploiting the guilty glee
humans take in experiencing horror from a safe distance.
- Henry Jekyll, a brilliant young
doctor and researcher, tries to unlock the mysteries of the human psyche by injecting
himself with a potion which distills the evil side of his character into a slavering,
growling, wild-haired beast of a man -- Edward Hyde. Soon Hyde is exacting murderous
vengeance on Jekyll's enemies, and lecherously brutalizing a London strumpet who attracted
the doctor's eye.
- Still, some of the
characters rose above difficulties to find rapport with the audience. Supporting
characters Sir Danvers Carew (Jamie Ross) and John Utterson (James Clow) were acted and sung well. As Jekyll's
fiancée and guiding light Emma Carew, Kelli O'Hara was sweet but full of spunk, and
displayed an attractive voice, though she nearly lost her way during the singing at the
- Deseret News
Thursday, February 3, 2000
- 'Jekyll & Hyde' is
But you'll need luck to get tickets
By Ivan M. Lincoln Deseret News theater editor
"In each of us there are two natures," Dr. Henry John Adam Jekyll's best friend,
tells the audience in a brief
prologue. "If this primitive duality of man -- good and evil -- can be housed
in separate identities, life will be relieved of all that is unbearable. It is the curse
of mankind that these polar twins should be constantly struggling."
This sets off a six-week, emotional roller-coaster ride as Dr. Jekyll -- against the
desires of the board of governors of St. Jude's Hospital -- embarks on his perilous
experiments to "get inside the tortured mind of man."
This traveling version of the hit Broadway musical (with some notable changes for its road
tour), features stunning performances by Chuck Wagner as the medicine man-turned madman;
Sharon Brown as Lucy Harris, the doomed trollop; and Kelli O'Hara as Jekyll's lovely and
refined fiancé, Emma Carew (whose father, Sir Danvers Carew, nicely played by Jamie Ross,
is chairman of the hospital's esteemed but pious board).
Composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist Leslie Bricusse have done a masterful job of turning
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde" into a remarkable musical. The clever, insightful lyrics carry the show briskly
along, as Jekyll makes his way from his beaker-filled lab into the dark, deadly streets of
From the time Jekyll makes his pivotal decision ("This is the Moment") to
conduct his controversial experiments on himself, to the mesmerizing tension of his
battling alter egos in "Confrontation," the audience is caught up in the macabre
Both the "Transformation" scene, as Jekyll attempts to chronicle his innermost
feelings after injecting his untested formula, and the "Confrontation" scene are
unforgettable theatrical moments.
Remembering how determined Wagner was as Inspector Javert in
eight years ago, don't be surprised to see the same determination in the foolhardy Dr.
The big showstopper in Act One is Sharon Brown's performance as stripper Lucy Harris in
her floorshow at the sleazy Red Rat saloon. The hilarious and seductive "Bring on the
Men" is not in the current Broadway edition but was re-inserted in the show for the
tour. Broadway's loss is our gain. Unfortunately, Lucy's optimistic dream of "A New
Life" is short-lived.
James Clow is well cast as John Utterson, the one
person Jekyll feels he can trust. He fetches the badly needed drugs from the apothecary
and, toward the end, runs interference even as he fears for Dr. Jekyll's very life.
The show's ensemble numbers are strong as well -- especially in "Facade," a
sneering look at London's hypocritical upper-crust society, and Act Two's ongoing
"Murder, Murder" montage, as the deranged Edward Hyde picks off the members of
the board of governors one by one in a bloody rampage. (The amplified sound of
crackling neck bones was an interesting touch.)
James Noone's scenery -- especially the many scrims etched in stark black and white, which
could be metaphors for the two sides of Dr. Jekyll's personality -- is first-rate, as are
Ann Curtis' costuming and Beverly Emmons' lighting.(The quick, back-and-forth lighting in
the "Confrontation" number was superb.)
Good luck on procuring tickets. There were only four seats empty on opening night, and the
rest of the run is nearly sold out.
Sensitivity rating: Probably way too intense for younger children. "Bring on the
Men" is slightly naughty but no more so than the "Lovely Ladies" in
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