Directed by globally renowned performer Hayden Tee, and brought to life by a cast of 14 actors and actor/musicians, this epic struggle between good and evil will have its Australian professional premiere production at Hayes Theatre Co from 29 July 2022.
Australian singer-songwriter Brendan Maclean has been cast in the title role of Dr Jekyll and his evil alter-ego, Mr Hyde. Known internationally for his extraordinary voice and acclaimed original material, Brendan’s credits include the hit-disco cabaret Velvet alongside Marcia Hines and his TV credits include the role of Eli in the ABC’s F***ing Adelaide. Jekyll and Hyde marks Brendan’s first foray into musical theatre.
Performing the role of Lucy Harris is stage and vocal sensation Brady Peeti. A proud transgender wahine Maori and much-loved performer in the New Zealand theatre industry, Brady’s theatre credits include Fever: Return of the Ula for Fine Fatale and Astroman for Auckland Theatre Company, Black Ties for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rehia Theatre Company, and is well known for her television appearances in numerous New Zealand programs.
Playing the role of Emma Carew is Australia’s hottest rising musical theatre star, Georgina Hopson. Currently performing the role of Christine Daae in Opera Australia’s The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour, Georgina recently performed the role of Gussie in the Hayes Theatre Co production of Merrily We Roll Along for which she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award. The remaining cast members will be announced at a later date.
In this captivating new production, set in 1947 London, the Second World War is over, but the battle for our soul rages on inside St Jude’s Military Asylum. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll and Hyde has mesmerised the world over.
“The last time the entire human race collectively experienced a tragedy on the same scale as Covid-19 was World War Two,” said Director Hayden Tee. “I am fascinated to see what the human race learns from past trauma when dealing with the imminent post pandemic mental health crisis.”
“Therefore, by setting Jekyll and Hyde entirely in a military mental hospital the year after the allies won the war but the year before the formation of the NHS, we can examine our future through the lens of the past,” said Tee.
The gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, Jekyll and Hyde features the classic songs This is the Moment, In His Eyes, Someone Like You and A New Life.
Director: Hayden Tee | Musical Supervisor: Nigel Ubrihien | Musical Director: Chris King | Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Daniel Cottier | Choreographer: Siobhan Ginty | Set Designer: Melanie Liertz | Costume Designer: Mason Browne | Lighting Designer: Anthony Pearson | Sound Designer: Paris Daniel | Assistant Stage Manager: Nathan Sandy | Executive Producers: Lisa Campbell and Richard Carroll
Jekyll and Hyde The Musical
Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point
Season: 29 July – 27 August 2022
Information and Bookings: www.hayestheatre.com.au
Image: Georgina Hopson, Brendan Maclean and Brady Peeti to star in Jekyll and Hyde The Musical – courtesy of Hayes Theatre Co.