Broadway Final Cast – 2000 – a pre-recorded Live performance
Jekyll & Hyde is a musical horror-drama loosely based on the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally conceived for the stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, it features music by Frank Wildhorn, a book by Leslie Bricusse and lyrics by Wildhorn, Bricusse, and Cuden. After a world premiere run in Houston, Texas, the musical embarked on a national tour of the United States prior to its Broadway debut in 1997. Many international productions in various languages have since been staged including two subsequent North American tours, two tours in the United Kingdom, a concert version, a re-vamped US tour in 2012 ahead of a 2013 Broadway revival and an Australian concert version in 2019.
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on March 21, 1997 (previews), officially on April 28. Co-produced by Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards, and directed by Robin Phillips, the original cast featured Robert Cuccioli as Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder as Lucy Harris and Christiane Noll as Emma Carew with Rob Evan originally cast as Cuccioli’s alternate, performing the title roles at two performances per week (at matinees). The cast also featured George Robert Merritt as John Utterson, Barrie Ingham as Sir Danvers Carew and Martin Van Treuren as “Spider”, all of whom played their respective roles throughout the entire run. Raymond Jaramillo McLeod was originally cast as Simon Stride. He was later replaced by Merwin Foard, who in turn, was replaced by Robert Jensen. Coleen Sexton was a swing in the company before becoming the final Lucy Harris. Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff took over the lead on October 17, 2000, until the production closed. The musical played an almost-four-year run and became the longest-running
show in the history of the Plymouth Theatre, closing after 1,543 regular performances on January 7, 2001.
The Broadway production was filmed live at the Plymouth Theatre in 2000 with the final cast consisting of David Hasselhoff as Jekyll/Hyde, Coleen Sexton as Lucy and Andrea Rivette as Emma. This is the only official video recording of the musical that exists; it was released in Region 1 DVD in 2001.