September 16, 2011

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886
My father thinks that
Jekyll is a glorified
form of drug addict

I saw the musical version titled Jekyll & Hyde during a trip to NYC in 2000 with my dad. The lead was played by Sebastian Bach the former lead singer of Skid Row, but if we had been there just a few months later we would have seen David Hasselhoff in his Broadway debut. Some people have all the fun...? The musical ran for a few years on Broadway, but ultimately lost money. Great music...less than stellar story.

The theme of the novel is really a simple good vs. evil scenario, the main difference being the idea that good and evil exist in one person and will present themselves with defining features. It's a terrifying thought (although completely implausible). When detailing his downfall, Jekyll said, "The fall seemed natural." If you play with fire, you're gonna get burned. Simple as that. (PG)

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