For a musical that never got any respect the New York Times review from the 1997 premiere is downright withering, as were most of the other Big Apple opinions Jekyll and Hydehas had an amazing life. It ran for three and a half years on Broadway (1,543 performances) and still managed to lose $1.5 million, yet Frank Wildhorns most dramatic production has a devoted cultlike following, the Hyde-heads, who bestow upon the show a quasi-religious veneration.
The musical, developed by our own Theater Under the Stars and the Alley Theatre, with lyrics by two-time Oscar-winning lyricist Leslie Bricusse (Dr. Doolittle and Victor/Victoria), has its share of pop anthems and campy operetta moments, but it has an entertaining, high-drama quotient that is unbeatable in live theater, especially when produced by Houstons own live-wire musical company, Masquerade Theatre. Those phenomenal voices will put appropriate oomph into the showstoppers Once Upon a Dream, A New Life and In His Eyes. And you cant knock a score whose big number, This Is the Moment, was performed at the Olympics, the Miss America Pageant and the Democratic Convention. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through May 29. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-861-7045 or visit www.masqueradetheatre.com. $36.25 to $66.25.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: May 20. Continues through May 29, 2011