04 December 2006

Jekyll & Hoff?

This appeared in my mailbox this week, coming up on the Bravo schedule:

Bravo! Television Premiere – December 30 at 8ET / 5PT
David Hasselhoff makes his Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, the adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of romance, and the battle between good and evil. A whirlwind odyssey pits man against himself when Dr. Jekyll's medical experiment goes wrong and gives life to Edward Hyde, his immoral alter ego. This production co-stars Coleen Sexton, Andrea Rivette, George Merritt and Barrie Ingham and features the popular songs Someone Like You and This is the Moment.

Does anyone else see this as horrifying? And not in the way it's meant to be? I must have missed the whole fooforaw of the Hoff in the lead -- the musical itself has been touring for over 15 years and it looks like the staging that was filmed is from 2001. In fact they are going to make the musical into a film. [Are you following? Classic book, to Broadway musical, to film. Gah.]

Oh, please, if you are unfamiliar with it, go read the original story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's available in full online at the Free Library. I've read it already, and may re-read it before watching this ('cause you know I will have to watch the trainwreck) at the end of the month.

tags: David Hasselhoff, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jekyll and Hyde, Broadway.


pastilla said...

You mean horrifying as in "Springtime For Hitler" horrifying, or as in, "Crime and Punishment: The Musical," (starring Brooke Shields as Sonya) horrifying?

Correct answer: yes.

Rob said...

The musical itself is terrific, as far as contemporary musicals go, and with Robert Cuccioli in the lead, the Broadway staging was something to behold. (I've never waited at the stage-door to shake a singer's hand before -- I waited for Cuccioli and Linda Eder.) After Cuccioli and Eder left, however, ticket sales plummeted (the Jekkies stopped coming -- on a couple of occasions we sat next to a woman who would fly in from California for a week at a time to see the show repeatedly), and they resorted to stunt-casting to bring in the bridge and tunnel crowd. The Hoff was one of the last stunt casts before it closed (Sebastian Bach was another).

It's unfortunate that the only filmed record of the show is with that douchebag, but the fact that they're filming it gives me hope -- if the OBC comes back together for the film, I remain guardedly optimistic (the film of RENT notwithstanding...).