Robert Louis Stevenson's story is adapted for modern theater in 2001's Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical starring David Hasselhoff in the leading dual role. This video is a recording of an actual performance at Plymouth Theatre on Broadway, shot with several high definition video cameras from various angles. Hasselhoff portrays both the genius Dr. Jekyll and the notorious Mr. Hyde from the original Stevenson tale, as two sides of a single human psyche playing out encounters with goodness versus evil in the midst of love and mental confusion. This adaptation incorporates a pop twist on the musical numbers, where Hasselhoff is afforded the opportunity to incorporate his experience as a television actor with his vocal recording background. ~ Sarah Sloboda, Rovi
When I watched this musical, I was not a fan of David Hasselhoff; however, I am a fan of musicals and this was a very good one. I had no idea what a nice voice D.H. has. By the end I was impressed and gained a new respect for Hasselhoff's talent. IMO after enjoying this, I think he's too talented for tv shows. The rest of the cast were also excellent. I plan on adding this to my DVD musical library, it was that good.
Anybody who loves theatre, this is a AWESOME movie to rent and to buy. It is basically a filmed version of the show which is fantastic. I know it is weird thinking of David Hasselhoff but he is actually pretty good!
OK to watch once, but unlike other musicals I like, I will not watch it a 2nd time. Hasselhoff's singing is OK, but not great. His acting was very good, though in this split personality character. Interesting to see the star of "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" (never saw the former, always watched the latter as a kid) on the stage. He is better on the stage by far. Coleen Sexton's singing was terrific and energized. Andrea Rivette's singing as Emma was wonderful. I question the director's artistic interpretation of having people in a surreal background. This happened five times and three of them detracted from the scene rather than supplementing it. Especially since it was always during a solo. Come on--let the character have the stage all to himself! Also, there was one rainy day scene and one had a red umbrella in the midst of all these black and dark blue umbrellas. It really stuck out with no apparent artistic value. The sets were excellent I thought. The music, of course, was superb.
Except for Coleen Sexton, I had difficulty sitting thru the entire production. Hasselhoff appeared to be trying waay too hard, while the others seemed to punch in for the paycheck. Except Coleen Sexton. Her portrayal of Lucy was engaging, considering the thin writing. I especially enjoyed her rendering of 'Someone Like You', which had both verve and believablity. Overall, a rather bland experience.
Having seen the original production in Houston before it made it's way to New York, and then the touring show, I found this to be inferior to both in all areas! Hasslehoff has neither the voice nor the acting finesse for this duel role. In fact, none of the cast really stands out, and the direction is also very weak. While
costumes and sets are not up to the calibur of the other productions. They are either too dark or too light by turns, and do not have the rich details one expects of a Broadway show. This version looked rented, not original!!!