Jekyll & Hyde [Original Broadway Cast]

Jekyll & Hyde [Original Broadway Cast]


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Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's musical Jekyll & Hyde took such a long route to Broadway that this original Broadway cast album is in fact the third recording of the score, following a 1990 studio cast version and a 1994 two-CD set based on the Houston production. All three, however, star Linda Eder, a Barbra Streisand soundalike, singing songs that frequently sound like the sort of adult contemporary ballads Streisand perfected in the 1970s; it's hard to hear Eder sing "A New Hope" and not think of "The Way We Were" or "Evergreen." Besides Michel Legrand and Paul Williams, Wildhorn's other main influences are Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the composers who have introduced the semi-operatic, melodramatic shows Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, both of which are also based on 19th century European works of literature. It seems necessary to cite all these influences so prominently because Jekyll & Hyde is so much a secondhand effort, not to mention second-rate. Theater buffs have derided the music as "pop", and the director even offers a defensive sleeve note to that effect, but that's not really the problem. Rather, the work is undeniably theatrical, and not only because "This Is the Moment" (which Jekyll sings before turning into Hyde) competes with Queen's "We Are the Champions" as a sports anthem these days. The songs work in theatrical terms, especially when Robert Cuccioli is conducting duets with himself, switching octaves wildly as he turns from Jekyll to Hyde. The problem is that the show has few of the theater's common pretensions; it doesn't claim to be much more than an entertaining freak show with some catchy songs. No wonder, having finally made it to Broadway in the spring of 1997, it quickly settled in to a long run.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1997
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678297625
catalogNumber: 82976
Rank: 88589

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Davis   Tenor Trombone
Linda Eder   Track Performer
David Nadien   Violin
Broadway Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Sanford Allen   Violin
Herb Besson   Trombone
Jean R. Dane   Viola
David Finck   Electric Bass,Performing Ensemble,Acoustic Bass
Barry Finclair   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Jesse Levy   Cello
Richard Locker   Cello
Raymond McLeod   Voices
Ted Mook   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Sheila Reinhold   Violin
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Laura Seaton   Violin
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Aloysia Friedmann   Violin
Debra Shufelt   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin,Performing Ensemble,Concert Master
Chris Komer   Horn
Martin Van Treuren   Track Performer
David Koch   Voices
Sarah Adams   Viola
R.J. Kelley   Horn
Alicia Merritt   Track Performer
Bob Cuccioli   Track Performer
Grace Paradise   Harp
Bonnie Schon   Voices
Judith Sugarman   Bass
Jan Rosenberg   Keyboards
Paul Garment   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Christiane Noll   Voices,Track Performer
Adam Grabois   Cello
B.J. Rebekkah Johnson   Violin
Barrie Ingham   Voices,Track Performer
Nam-Sook Lee   Violin,Performing Ensemble,Concert Master
Adam Cohen   Keyboards
Brad Oscar   Voices
Leah Hocking   Voices
Shelly Holland-Moritz   Viola
Jodi Stevens   Voices
Rebecca Spencer   Voices
Robert Bush   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
David Chaney   Voices
Bill E. Dietrich   Voices
George Merritt   Voices
Frank Mastrone   Voices
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner   Violin

Technical Credits

Broadway Orchestra   Contributor
Leslie Bricusse   Liner Notes
James Nichols   Engineer
Karl Richardson   Producer
Kim Scharnberg   Orchestration
Frank Wildhorn   Producer
Robin Phillips   Director
Jeremy Roberts   Producer,Engineer,Electronic Music Producer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Frank Wilhorn   Producer

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