Jekyll & Hyde | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 24 2013
Price: $33-$95
Ever so loosely based on the famous Victorian-era novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, this musical made a good-sized splash in its first Broadway incarnation, running from 1997 to 2001. And that, I suppose, is reason enough to revive it: Jeff Calhoun's new staging is headed for midtown Manhattan after its brief shakedown run here. Kind of a drag, though, about it being awful. Frank Wildhorn's score subjects us to the death by a thousand tedious love anthems. Leslie Bricusse's attempt to inject a social critique into the book just makes you realize how great Sweeney Todd is by comparison. And some of Calhoun's theatrical ideas are just kind of silly. How, for instance, does he differentiate between kindly Henry Jekyll and his evil alter ego, Edward Hyde? Jekyll's the one wearing glasses. —Tony Adler



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