Robert Louis Stevenson's story of Dr. Jekyll exploring his inner self and unleashing the evil Mr. Hyde has fascinated audiences since the novella was published in 1886, leading to adaptations for the stage and screen and a musical in the 1990s.
Now the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," conceived for the stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, is opening tomorrow night at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore to run through Nov. 8.
The acclaimed show introduces Dr. Jekyll just as he is on the brink of discovering the key to man's inner reality. One evening he experiments on himself and finds that his formula works.
As he is about to begin the experiment, Dr. Jekyll sings "This is the Moment," perhaps the best known song of the musical:
This is the moment
This is the day
When I send all my doubts and demons
On their way!
Unfortunately, his "real" self turns out to be the monster Edward Hyde.
Jekyll continues his research, spending more and more time as Hyde until this horrifying character takes over. Jekyll's fiancee and friends slowly become aware of the changes in him but are powerless to help. Jekyll himself finds it more and more difficult to keep Hyde at bay, and his initial appreciation turns to despair.
When Hyde brutally murders one of the young maids, he realizes his experiment has gone too far, and he takes the only course of action he sees left to him.
The musical thriller is directed/choreographed by Scott Maraj, with vocal director Sierra Dee, musical director Jo Anne Fosselman, assistant director/backstage manager Brian Olkowski and production assistant Michelle Roque. It is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
The 35-member cast includes Christopher Sanders as Jekyll-Hyde, Morgan Breedveld as Lucy and Rebecca Davis as Emma.
For ticket information, call 373-6800 or visit www.trivalleyrep.org.
What: "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical"
Who: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
When: Oct. 24-Nov. 8; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore
Tickets: $43 regular; $41 seniors; $29 students/juniors. Call 373-6800; go to www.trivalleyrep.org; or visit the box office noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.