May 7, 2000
American-made musical theater, especially the rare contemporary kind that dares to entertain like "The Scarlet Pimpernel," has never been a "guilty pleasure" for me ("This Time, He's Dressed to Kill," April 30). Jan Breslauer's cheerfully spun report on a tuner kept alive by audience affection and, evidently, constructive rewrites may only err in leaving the impression--"boffo box office"--that it is finally turning a profit. Despite non-fatal second-act overwriting, I found the "4.0" version (the only one I've seen)
August 29, 2012 |
"American Idol" alumnus Constantine Maroulis has revealed via Twitter that the new revival of the musical "Jekyll and Hyde," in which he will star alongside Deborah Cox, is to open on Broadway in April. The actor tweeted this week that the production will open in April at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. The musical is to embark on a North American tour before arriving on Broadway. Southern California audiences are to get a chance to see the new production first when it opens next month at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
May 5, 2004 |
"A big, chunky, Costco-size show." That's how producer James Blackman introduced "Jekyll & Hyde" to his audience on opening night at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. He didn't explain what he meant. But his reference to a popular store where people buy cheap products in large quantities is an apt analogy to this musical and especially its score, by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse. Like the store, the score certainly doesn't shrink from the idea of quantity.
October 28, 2001
The creative pairing of Christopher Hampton with Frank Wildhorn on "Dracula, The Musical" brings shudders of bone-chilling horror to my virgin soul ("Old Tale, New Blood," by Jan Breslauer, Oct. 21). What's next--Pia Zadora and Placido Domingo in "Frankenstein: That Seventies Rock Opera"? And who are we as a people when our so-called "cultural creatives" seem to do little else but repackage our overworked classics like so much old wine in plastic bottles? MICHAEL CHASE WALKER Los Angeles
September 3, 1995
I am the original co-author of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde" (composer Frank Wildhorn and I co-wrote both book and lyrics) and was both pleased by Jan Herman's article ("Break a Leg, Mr. Hyde," Aug. 20) and perplexed by certain information in it. Since my contribution to the work is still quite evident in the show, I wish to correct the record. Leslie Bricusse, the show's current lyricist, says of the original version (co-written by Frank and me), "Lyrically, it was nothing at all." If this is true, why does a substantial amount of the original work remain in the recently released complete double CD?
May 14, 2000
I'm going to ask David Lewis (Letters, "Plumping for 'Pimpernel,' " May 7) with all due respect to refrain from mentioning Frank Wildhorn in the same breath with George Gershwin and Jule Styne. Many of us read the Calendar section over breakfast, and would appreciate a fighting chance to keep our eggs down. BERTON AVERRE Pacific Palisades In response to the article "One Possible Avenue of Expression" (by Suzanne Muchnic, April 30): I must be missing the point. A veterans memorial at Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive in West Hollywood?