Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Music: Frank Wildhorn. Willoughby Theatre Company. The Theatre on The Concourse, Chatswood (NSW). Director: Craig Stewart. Musical Director: Peter Hayward. Choreographer: Sarah Friedrich. April 13 – 22, 2012.
Break a leg! Almost, but not quite!
Leading man Mikey Hart dropped a water tank on his toe, breaking it. Still, in the best thespian tradition, the show went on.
I’d assumed that the walking stick and limp was part of his excellent characterisation of Dr Jekyll. Necessity being the mother of invention, it fitted with a physically weaker Jekyll asserting himself in a struggle of the wills with his brutal alter ego Mr Hyde. In this case, the roles had been split, with Peter Meredith playing Hyde.