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‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Musical Cancelled

January 21, 2015 -- THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. For information on ticket exchanges or refunds, call 835-5688 or email pas@admin.nmt.edu.

 

 

SOCORRO, N.M. December 23, 2014 – “Jekyll and Hyde,” a musical based on the classic American novella by Robert Louis Stevenson will open the second half of the Performing Arts Series at New Mexico Tech at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 31.

Please note the date change from Wednesday, January 14, as originally scheduled.

The musical, now in its fifth national tour, is based on the Stevenson novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, first pub

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lished in 1886.  The popular tale is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

“Everyone is familiar with this classic story about the human struggle between good and evil, and this musical version really brings it to life,” noted PAS Director Ronna Kalish.

“Critics have praised this contemporary musical produced by Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, a double Oscar and Grammy winner,” she said.

The performance is this season’s Betty Clark Memorial event.  Other sponsors are Don and Rosie Tripp, Associated Universities, Inc. (NRAO), New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union and the New Mexico Tech Student Government Association.

Four characters form the basis of this evocative tale of two men – one a doctor, passionate and romantic – the other, a terrifying madman; and two women – one, beautiful and trusting – the other, beautiful and trusting only herself.

“So here we have two women in love with the same man – neither of whom knows the doctor’s dark secret,” explained Kalish. “The setup is as old as time, but infused with contemporary elements at the hands of an enormously talented troupe of actors and musicians.”

Its sumptuous, Grammy-nominated score includes the unforgettable, “This Is the Moment,” “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.”

“Indeed, a critic for the Chicago Tribune in reviewing the musical noted that the great strength of the show was its score,” Kalish added. The Newark Star Ledger called it “ ... Powerfully charismatic...mesmerizing...composer Frank Wildhorn unleashes torrents of surging melody.”

The 1997 Tony-nominated Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde is the longest running show in the history of the Plymouth Theater. The show has seen four major tours and over 500 regional productions in the United States and Canada. More than 100 international productions also have been seen in such countries as Germany, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia. There have been 32 international recordings of Jekyll & Hyde in 28 different languages.

“We are very excited about this presentation,” Kalish said. “It’s a great way to open the 2015 PAS performance schedule.”

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the NM Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Sofia’s Kitchen or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech