Review: Jekyll and Hyde, Lyceum

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IF Wet, Wet, Wet fans turned up at the Lyceum hoping to see their heart-throb Marti Pellow in all his glory, then they would have been disappointed.

Not with his performance in Jekyll and Hyde, but just in the fact that neither the good and wholesome Dr Jekyll nor the wicked and evil Mr Hyde understandably had much sex appeal.

The production, adapted for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn, tells the story of devoted scientist Dr Henry Jekyll as he researches the capability for good and evil inside everyone.

The themes of opposites are central to the show, from the most obvious goody versus baddy, through the class divide of the rich and the poor, and the two strong female characters – one a well-respected daughter of a lawyer who has never wanted for anything, the other a downtrodden prostitute who has never known love.

Some of the most powerful performances of the show come from these leading ladies – Sabrina Carter as Lucy and Sarah Earnshaw as Emma – particularly in duets like In His Eyes.

Along with such emotive tracks comes the energy of the more up-tempo, traditional musical chorus turns, with highlights including Facade, Murder Murder, and the sexy Bring on the Men.

This was when the show was at its best – rather than in the endless sung conversations which sometimes took the genre too far, the music becoming a little tired and repetitive, rather than explosive and exciting.

Pellow was impressive in the leading role, most notably for the range of his incredible voice, from the soft and gentle tones of Dr Jekyll through to the booming power of Mr Hyde.

And although there might not have been much sexy about his transition from celebrated pop star to musical actor, the crowd in Sheffield clearly still adored him.

Jekyll and Hyde is at the Lyceum until April 30.

Sarah Dunn