Top 5 Unintentionally Humorous Moments in Broadway’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

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Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Jekyll & Hyde raises some intense and profound questions regarding good, evil and human nature, so it is nice to have some light-hearted moments to relieve some of the tension. However, since Jekyll & Hyde doesn’t offer many of these moments, we have to find them where we can… Without further ado, here is my list of the top 5 unintentionally funny moments of the show:

1. Everyone knows “This Is the Moment.” It’s a standalone classic that stops the show, but if you ask anyone when it appears I can almost guarantee that they will answer, “THE END.” But they would be oh-so-incorrect. The song is a powerhouse piece but the lyrics make no literal mention of the fact that Jekyll has decided to use himself as the subject for his experiment to separate good and evil. This vagueness, while it makes the song wonderful and applicable to almost anything, makes it difficult to place the song in the show. The show-stopping baritone solo occurs approximately 40 minutes into the first act.

2. Dr. Jekyll appears to have an Irish accent. The show is set in London and makes reference to English landmarks (including Hyde Park – get it?) and the rest of the cast boasts a proper English dialect, but Dr. Jekyll appears to hail from the Emerald Isle instead. It is unclear as to whether or not this is a specific choice from the actor Constantine Maroulis or the director. It is ultimately inconsequential to the show but was an arbitrary enough choice to warrant a confused chuckle.

3. In the current revival the tavern and brothel that Lucy, Nellie and Spider work at has been changed from “The Red Rat” to the “Spider’s Web”. It makes more sense because a spider is symbolic of seduction, but the set was literally a spider’s web: It was a perch in the middle of the stage with bungee strings attached to the chairs the men were occupying.  It looked awkwardly like the motion sensors in an intense high-security bank guarding the crown jewels.

4. Simon Stride, the secretary to the Board of Governors, had – wait for it – waist-length dreadlocks. Yes, dreadlocks. His voice was beautiful, but with everyone else in period hairstyles, I will never understand why a Caucasian man was given dreadlocks. Simon Stride is a minor character whose existence is chopped to bits in the revival. He sings in one number and makes short appearances in later scenes but ultimately adds nothing to the plot. So why his irrelevant character is highlighted with dreadlocks is beyond my realm of understanding. Once more for good measure: Dreadlocks.

5. “Confrontation” is the much-anticipated climax of the show, when Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde battle it out in the same body. This number is usually done with the same actor going back and forth both physically and vocally – the shining moment for the talented gents who have played the part(s). In the revival, the load is lightened a little bit as Mr. Hyde is instead projected on to the wall above Dr. Jekyll, making the number more of a flashy power struggle as opposed to an intense acting moment. The number still worked, but as Maroulis’ evil image was blown up and plastered on the wall, it is almost impossible to miss the resemblance between Maroulis and the rockin’ head-banger Slash, of Guns N’ Roses fame. Maroulis’ curly locks hang low in front of his face (as is the typical Hyde fashion) and his evil side is adorned with a signature cloak and top hat. The hair, the hat, on top of the raging flames and fireballs surrounding the projection only exacerbated the Slash effect.

Have you seen Jekyll & Hyde? What did you think were some noteworthy, if not comical, moments?

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  1. To be honest, I just didn’t like it. I got comps to see the show by a friend’s music teacher who is playing in the pit and it was just not my style. I’m generally pretty open minded with shows, and Constantine Maroulis was great and I love Frank Wildhorn because he is a genius. But this show was too over the top, and I’m aware that it’s Jekyll and Hyde so it has to be somewhat ostentatious, but I didn’t think that it was very well done, definitely not up to Jeff Calhoun’s previous works.