Manny P. here…
If you live in the Southern California, treat yourself this weekend, or during the Thanksgiving holiday to Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, playing at the Village Theatre in Orange County. The Broadway-style show is produced by Party By Number Entertainment, Inc. And, I must say, this is great production!
Dr. Henry Jekyll & Edward Hyde is played by accomplished actor Sergio Candido, who doubles as Executive Director. Kelly Lynne Harris is also a fine singer and actress, and she debuts as Assistant Director. This combination of magnificent talent has brought out the best in their cast including: Darren C. Buckels, Vanessa Cedeno, Abby Bolin, Bradley Miller, Jeremy Krasovic, and Mark Torres. The performances were crisp, the songs – inspired, the choreography – disciplined, and the presentation captures the dark, moody tale, originally written in 1886 by noted author Robert Louis Stevenson.
What a rich cinematic history this story has taken. The novella has been adapted thirteen times on screen. Early silent productions were filmed on six different occasions. Fredric March won an Oscar in 1931 for his memorable work. In 1941, Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, and Donald Crisp starred in a lush MGM version. Incidentally, Crisp is one of the noted actors in my book.
I want to personally thank the cast and crew of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical for allowing me to promote Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in their program. The Village Theatre is at 1140 North Tustin Street in Orange. For ticket information, call (714) 316-8826; or please visit www.villagetheatrearts.com SPENCER TRACY & LANA TURNER
Until next time> “never forget”