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"Jeykll" A Split Between Fantastic and Awesome

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Last year I scolded the Capital District audiences for coming out only to see shows with multi-night runs. I insisted that there was a false impression that shows at Proctors (or elsewhere) that played for only one night weren't as good as those playing for the long run. Specifically, I stated: ”If you missed Man of La Mancha, here for only one show, you missed one of the best La Mancha's we have ever seen.”

 

People appear to have heeded my advice—at least I hope I had something to do with it—because Jekyll and Hyde, here for one night, was one of the best musicals we have seen all year. If you stayed home, you missed one mesmerizing show. Of course, the theater looked pretty full anyway, but the fact remains, if you snooze on one-night-only shows, you lose. Jekyll was flawless, serving up a duality of not only strong singing but incredible acting.

 

Leading the way is our Jekyll (Aleks Knezeich). His singing was strong and consistent throughout, unwavering in performance. His acting was succinct and flawless, luring the audience with dual personalities, making his character known by both voice and appearance. By Act II, you were on the edge of your chair waiting to see who his next prey would be. But then he would lapse into another character, and the change was swift, complete and chilling.

 

He had two loves of his life who delivered similar five star performances. Emma Carew (Eryn LeCroy) was simply mesmerizing. Her character was strong, charismatic, understanding. LeCroy's voice is simply beautiful.

 

The audience was also treated to a familiar face, Lucy Harris (Laura Helm), who you may have remembered as Eponine in Mac-Haydn's Les Mis. We gave her five star reviews for that performance and we give her five star reviews for this performance. Her voice, like her characters, is strong and commanding. She is multifaceted and has the ability to create her own lead in a variety of roles.

 

All of this was set to a simple yet powerful set design. If ever you wondered how lnfluential lighting can be, wonder no more. The lighting fused this plot together like glue. 

 

Ever since author Robert Louis Stevenson penned “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in 1886, the battle between good and evil was forever redefined. Dr. Jekyll creates a magic potion and injects himself with it, altering himself and perhaps exposing the true cause of humanity all at once: What is the relationship between good and evil? Does Good control Evil, or Visa Versa? Or more importantly, is there, lurking in each of us, our own version of unbridled madness, waiting to be let free?

 

Damn you, Hyde, set me free!”

 

Can't you see, that you are me?”

 

Jekyll and Hyde is one of the best musicals we have seen in awhile. This cast could sing. Rarely do we get to see such strong talent across the board. The plot itself may be about the battle of good and bad, but frankly there wasn't one bad note in this play.

 

-Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com

 

Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde (Aleks Knezeich)

Lucy Harris (Laura Helm)

Emma Carew (Eryn LeCroy)

“Jekyll and Hyde”

Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Music by Frank Wildhorn

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Address: Proctors State Street, Schenectady

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