Webster Theatre Guild to Present JEKYLL & HYDE, Begin. 9/12

Take a journey into a captivating world of dark secrets with Frank Wildhorn, Steve Cuden, and Leslie Bricusse's gripping musical thriller Jekyll & Hyde at Webster Theatre Guild this fall! Intended for mature audiences, this evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of Man's evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

Jekyll & Hyde made its Broadway debut in 1997. Many international productions have since been staged including two subsequent North American tours, two tours of the United Kingdom, a concert version and a re-vamped US tour in 2012 ahead of a 2013 revival on Broadway.

"Our production is based more on the concept of the book," says the show's director J. Simmons. "It has less Broadway shimmer and more raw grit. It's an exploration into the human condition and our inception will be different from what audiences have seen before. I'm excited to capture some of the moment's fans of the show love from the original incarnation but to also add a few of our own fresh new twists." He goes on to say that, "The cast is made up of some amazing and accomplished local and regional actors. "

The stars of Jekyll & Hyde are a collection of powerhouse talent with Carl Del Buono as the passionate Dr. Jekyll and maniacal Mr. Hyde, Janine Mercandetti as the main attraction of The Red Rat Whore House Lucy Harris and Emily Putnam as Dr. Jekyll's fiancée Emma Carew.

The production also features Chip Atwood as Sir Achibald Proops, Mark Cataldi as Bisset, Kyle Critelli as Simon Stride, Wyatt Doremus as Mr. Poole, Michael Hall as John Utterson, Erica Hernandez as Lady Beaconsfield, Jad Jordan as Sir Danvers Carew, Wesley Lowe and Lord Glossop, James Morrison as Spider, David Morrow as Bishop of Basingstoke, and Esther Winter as Nellie. The ensemble also includes Beverly Bauman, Alicia Bradford, Rich Chester, Robert DiJames, Mandi Lynn Griffith-Gurell, Jeanette Gruttadauria, Anna herman, Holly Lowden, Myriah Marsh, Jennifer Overbeck, Christina Simmons, Amanda Walter, Brynn Wilkins, Myles Woolf and Trisha Zeller.

Julie Covach serves as musical director with Kapil Dass as choreographer.

Jekyll & Hyde offers an electrifying evening at the theatre and opens at Webster Thomas High School (800 Five Mile Line Rd, Webster, NY 14580) beginning September 12 and running through September 20. Performances are Friday's, September 12 and 19 at 7:30 pm; Saturday's, September 13 and 20 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online at www.webstertheatreguild.org. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one-hour prior to performance.

This production is intended for ages 15 and up.

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