Jekyll & Hyde: The Gothic Musical Thriller - The Complete Work [Original Studio Cast]

Jekyll & Hyde: The Gothic Musical Thriller - The Complete Work [Original Studio Cast]

by Frank Wildhorn


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The second version of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde, referred to as "The Complete Work, " is certainly more extensive than its predecessor, a 1990 "highlights" album sung by Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder. That album was dominated by Wildhorn's pop ballads -- "Once Upon a Dream," "This Is the Moment," "Someone Like You," "No One Knows Who I Am," "A New Life" -- and Eder's Streisand-like belting. There is no lack of that sort of thing here: in fact, with "Take Me as I Am," "Sympathy, Tenderness," "Letting Go," and "In His Eyes," there's even more of it. But, extending over two discs and two hours, there is also the Robert Louis Stevenson tale, told in musical recitative, and even in occasional character songs that, unlike the many ballads, are even performed with British accents. If Jekyll & Hyde is the story of a man divided into two parts, the score mirrors that form, as the plot songs contrast with an album's worth of songs that all sound like the sort of thing that plays over the closing credits of romantic movies, bland lyrics of love and self-fulfillment sung by soaring voices over straining strings. It is often true that concept albums, since they have been designed as such, work better as sheer listening experiences than cast albums drawn from actual theatrical productions, which often come off as souvenirs. This was true of the early Andrew Lloyd Webber works, for example, and it is true here. One can follow the story easily. In fact, if anything, there's too much plot; often, the story seems repetitive and plodding. Although this recording was made shortly before the start of a national tour of the show, it's hard to imagine it working on-stage as recorded here, what with one Eder ballad followed immediately by another, as the storyline is dropped for extended periods of time. Concept albums are also often dominated more by the lyricist than the composer, and again that's true here, as Leslie Bricusse's lyrics, with their authentically British tone and the philosophical musings that often recall his earlier works such as "What Kind of Fool Am I?," drive the story despite Wildhorn's similar melodies and clichéd effects. Jekyll & Hyde still isn't a successful musical piece on this recording, but it is a fully realized dramatic work for the first time. (Jekyll & Hyde was produced on Broadway in 1997 in a vastly revised form that dispensed with much of the material on this album, primarily retaining the big ballads. The single-disc original Broadway cast album was the usual souvenir, leaving this recording as the best representation of the score.)

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678272349
catalogNumber: 82723

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Wildhorn   Primary Artist
Linda Eder   Choir, Chorus
John Acosta   Cello
Timm Boatman   Percussion
William Booth   Trombone
Amick Byram   Choir, Chorus
Jon Clarke   Clarinet,English Horn,Oboe
Joel Derouin   Violin
Burnett Dillon   Trumpet
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Ernest Ehrhardt   Cello
Charles Everett   Violin
David Finck   Bass
Kenneth Kotwitz   Accordion
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Michael Markman   Violin
Doug Masek   Alto Saxophone
Raymond McLeod   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Maria Newman   Viola
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Edward Persi   Viola
Karie Prescott   Viola
Geri Rotella   Flute,Piccolo
Kim Scharnberg   Conductor
David Stenske   Violin
Joe Stone   Clarinet,English Horn
George Thatcher   Trombone
Mark Walker   Percussion,Drums
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Dave Stone   Bass
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
Ed Maina   Flute,Piccolo,Bass Saxophone
David Riddles   Bassoon
Philip Hoffman   Choir, Chorus
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Bob Peterson   Violin,Concert Master
Kathy Robertson   Violin
Jeremy Roberts   Piano,Keyboards
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Dave Clemmons   Choir, Chorus
Judith Siirila   Choir, Chorus
Andy Klein   Bassoon
David Washburn   Trumpet
Larry Hughes   Clarinet
Farah Alvin   Choir, Chorus
Steve Richards   Cello
Mark Adams   French Horn
Alex Iles   Trombone
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone
John A. Reynolds   French Horn
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Louise di Tullio   Flute,Piccolo
Gary Gray   Clarinet
Marissa Benedict   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Brenda Russell   Contributor
Matt Rollings   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Raitt   Contributor
Molly Scott   Contributor
Brad Aaron   Engineer
Gregory Boyd   Liner Notes,Direction
Leslie Bricusse   Liner Notes
Steve Cahill   Director
Sammy Fain   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Karl Richardson   Producer,Engineer
Cathy Riso   Contributor
Leo Robin   Composer
Andrea Robinson   Contributor
Kim Scharnberg   Orchestration
Frank Wildhorn   Producer
Bill Nolte   Contributor
Doug Crider   Composer
Joe Privitelli   Engineer
Jeremy Roberts   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Willy Falk   Contributor
Anthony Warlow   Contributor
Jeanne Ash   Contributor
Martha Ashton   Contributor
Noel T. Williams   Contributor
Frederick Hollander   Composer
Christine Pedi   Contributor
James May   Vocal Arrangements
Vincent Tumeo   Contributor
Brad Oscar   Contributor
Henry May   Contributor

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Jekyll & Hyde: The Gothic Musical Thriller - The Complete Work [Original Studio Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite musicals of all time. The songs are great, the singing is strong and powerful, and the story line is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are going to buy a version of this play, BUY THIS ONE, not the Broadway version. The music is stirring and powerful, and the talent on this soundtrack is incredible. Easily one of the best scores to grace the stage since Phantom. I've listened to it dozens of times already, and am still not tired of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this soundtrack for a while, and I just saw the show on stage. This music is absolutely wonderful!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this on a whim and I LOVE it. Anthony Warlow is very impressive as Jekyll/Hyde. He makes the two voices sound different in tone, not just by making Hyde sound gravelly. Linda Eder is also wonderful, and had a very powerful voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely superb effort. I've listened to a few songs from the much disappointing broadway version and I must say the actor who portrays JEKYLL/HYDE in it licks balls compared to Anthony Warlow. Warlow fluently changes his voice from kind and worried as Jekyll to dark and dangerous as Hyde. Also he his highest notes in the show don't even fluctuate, even after holding them for NINETEEN seconds, unlike his overrated and often weak broadway counterparts. Linder Eder is amazing as Lucy, which she manages to portray with sensuality, sexuality and deep sorrow. With this recording you'll need the story sheet included with it to figure-out where most of the songs fit into the storyline. But if you want to understand where the musical numbers stand in proportion to the story then get the broadway album, but be warned: The voices are no-way near as good as this concept recording. If you want two hours of take-your-breath-away music, combined with utterly extraordinary voices led by the best and most amazingly, mindboggingly incredible potrayal of the two leads by any singer in the history of man, then this is the recording for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never seen this production and found out about it through my vocal teacher. I am obsessed with Phantom of the Opera and this is up there with it. And not many are with there with POTO in my book. When I bought this cd, I bought the highlights of Jekyll and Hyde: The Original Broadway Cast in 1997 I believe. Well, I can see why it is no longer on Broadway because the music is weak and quite aweful. But this words can describe it. IT IS THAT GOOD! Anthony Warlow is is Linda Eder...and Carolee Carmello is as well. Hell everyone is amazing, even the ppl who have the least parts. I never write reviews, but this one I just had to to tell everyone how great it is!!
JavertStar More than 1 year ago
This version of the musical, Jekyll and Hyde, makes the Broadway Cast Recording sound tame in comparison. With the clear vocals of Anthony Warlow, Jekyll sounds less whiney, and Hyde sounds more menacing. Linda Eder, the most featured actress in the musical, continues to astound with some interesting and raunchy songs. I have one complaint, and that is about Carolee Carmelo. She doesn't fit my veiw of Lisa/Emma. Christiane Noll does a better job at that. The chorus numbers were very different from the Broadway versions. But mostly, this soundtrack is much better suited to give promising actors a look into character development for this, and any related, musicals. Give me chills every time I listen to it.

Long Live Jekyll and Hyde!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
anthony warlow is fantastic! he can even sing the A and make it sound like anybody can sing it. he portrays jekyll and hyde so well and can sound so the same yet so different at the same time, if that's possible. linda eder has the most powerful voice of anyone i've ever heard. she is fabulous. carolee carmello needs singing lessons and some pronounciation help. everyone else is fabulous. it's way better than the broadway version, seeing as Robert Cuccioli can barely sing a G. Christiane Noll is better as emma, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like musicals you'll love this, after I got it I couldn't stop listening to it!
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