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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

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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:
16612

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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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Jekyll & Hyde [Original Broadway Cast] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What are you people waiting for? This is the original cast! Now, the other one I love is Hasselhoff's verison. Rob Cuccioli is wonderful as Jekyll and Hyde. What are you waiting for! Get it now! I've seen this show. Beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think everyone else has already said what can be said about Jekyll and Hyde. It's got great music, Cuccioli does a FANTASTIC job playing both Jekyll and Hyde with his change of voice, and my only complaint is that it's not playing on Broadway anymore. If you're new to Broadway music, this might not be the best musical to start with since it is a bit of an obscure topic and musical, but if you feel daring, by all means buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING..... I BOUGHT IT BECAUSE OF ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAD IT AND SAID SHE LOVED IT SO I BOUGHT IT THINKING IT WILL BE ONE OPF THOSE LISTEN TO A FEW THEN BUY ANOTHER CD BUT TRUELY THIS MUSIC IS CAPTIVATING AND BEAUTIFUL. I HAVE NEVER HEARD A MUSICAL CD THAT I COULD ACTUALLY SEE THE STORY WITHOUT READING IT BUT HEARING IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's nothing like the original cast. I love this cd! The music is fantastic! One of the best musicals of our time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD...the play itself even..is wonderful..the songs dont get in the way of the plot..i saw this first in a production that my friend was participating in..thinking it would be terrible..and i was swept off my feet..i highly recommend this for the collection of ANY musical lover..you wont be able to put it down:-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best--when a musical is so gorgeous it takes your breath away. Well that's what "Jekyll and Hyde" does. "Facade" is by far the highlight, but "No One Knows Who I Am" and "Take Me as I Am" are also beautiful. This CD reminded me why I love musicals so much!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved J&H since I bought the "Complete Work" two CD set around 96. I've "converted" many others. I just LOVE THIS SHOW!! I had the privilege of the seeing the original B'Way cast in '97 as well as two other touring companies (one with Chuck Wagner). Cuccioli is beyond amazing! Each version (B'Way, original) has certain songs I like better than the other but all are awesome. You owe it to yourself as a true "Jekkie" to hear the two CD set. It affected me from the first time I listened to it. I'm listening to it right now!! They both go with me on every car trip!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best musical. Even though my absolute all time favorite is the one with David Hasselhoff (Jekyll & Hyde: the Musical 2001), this one is right up there with it. I think that "Dangerous Game" is my favorite because it shows how versitile each person is. I also love "In His Eyes" and "Confrontation". Those are great songs to listen to. "In His Eyes" has so much feeling in it. It shows how much each girls really cares for him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is so cool. Look down the list, at the bottom of the page where it list the musicians. See the name Dale Stuckenbruck (violin). TALENTED! I take piano from his sister. I have nothing but love and respect for their family. I just heard him play tonight. At our friends house. WOW. He also played the Beauty and the Beast broadway album. Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Jekyll and Hyde! It's one of my all-time favorite musicals (and that's saying something, I'm quite a musical freak), but this particular cast is dissapointing. I've found that Linda Eder seems to enjoy listening to her own voice, and as a result, her performance as Lucy (a hugely emotional role) is lacking in emotion, and she doesn't put much heart into it. Bob Cuccioli is a fine performer, but he doesn't seem to be able to pull off Jekyll quite right. I own the video that came out a few years ago, and - though many dissagree with me - I think David Hasselhoff's performance was outstanding. His "Confrontation" will have you on your feet, even in your own home. Coleen Sexton puts her whole heart into her role, and the entire cast is stunning. I never got a chance to see the cast of this recording on stage, but judging from this album, the cast could have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite musical, equaled only by Frank Wildhorn's other work of art, The Scarlet Pimpernel. This album contains what is perhaps the most powerful female duet piece ever, "In His Eyes". If you're a guy you will have a fun time attempting to sing "Confrontation" and "The Way Back" and if you're a girl, you'll enjoy singing "Good & Evil", "Someone Like You", and "A New Life". Good luck trying to match Linda Eder belt-for-belt... But the musical numbers in this are breathtaking (literally!) and they make awesome competition pieces, if you can handle them. You'll love Jekyll & Hyde!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jekyll & Hyde is filled with the most astounding music I have ever heard. Robert Cuccioli's transformation takes your breath away. What that man does with his voice is beyond belief. You can hear the sorrow and the heartache the ladies feel in their songs.I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Jekyll and Hyde the first time I heard it, and it has been one of my favorite musicals ever since!!! The songs are so beautifull and powerfull that they take your breath away and you will listen to it over and over again!!! If you do not already own this CD you are missing out, because it is WONDERFULL!!!!!!
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