Jekyll & Hyde at Arts Centre Melbourne and ICC Sydney
Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. The epic struggle between good and evil will come to life on stage and features a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn and double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse.
Carly spoke with performer Jemma Rix about why this show continues to be popular with audiences and why this story should be brought back to the stage now. Read the full interview below:
Jekyll & Hyde has been captivating audiences since its debut in 1997 when it was nominated for four Tony Awards and three Drama Desk awards. 22 years later, Sydney and Melbourne are prepping for an exciting new production of the show starring yourself and Anthony Warlow. What can audiences expect of this production? For fans of the show, what can they look forward to seeing again and for those new to Jekyll & Hyde, why is this a show not to miss?
This Jekyll & Hyde production is a concert format. The orchestra will be on stage with us, which will be so wonderful to witness all the beautiful music being played. Anthony Warlow originated the role of Jekyll & Hyde with the concept album 25 years ago, but he has never played the role on stage before. So, for all the fans of the show, this will be the first time ever to experience the original Jekyll & Hyde. The music is incredibly powerful, so to hear it live with an orchestra will be something special.
Focused on the struggle between good and evil, why do you think that Jekyll & Hyde is just as relevant 22 years on and what about it will 2019 audiences resonate with? Why is this story important to be told now?
I think this is something we can all relate to within ourselves and with others, we have different sides to our personality that we all want to try to understand. It's something universal, which is why it is still relevant today.
You play the character of Lucy. What has been your process in approaching Lucy and what have you learnt from this character? Do you find that lessons or bits of your characters stay with you after the show? If so, what are 2-3 of the greatest lessons you have learnt as an actor and a woman from any of the amazing characters you have played in your career and what do you think is the main take away from Lucy?
I haven’t started rehearsals so I don’t know Lucy intimately yet. At the moment I’m learning lyrics and working on the music with my singing teacher. Once I’m in rehearsals, I will work with the director, creating my Lucy. Every show I have done, I have learnt and grown in someway as a person and artist. From vocal stamina, crying on cue 8 times a week, to the exploration of the different characters you get to become.
The show features a range of musical styles including pop rock. What is your favourite song to sing through the show? And what is one song that you don’t sing but wish you could take to the stage with?
My favourite song I get to sing is A New Life. It’s a song of hope and, musically, it is beautiful to sing. For the song I wish I could perform, Anthony sings a song called Confrontation; it is when the 2 characters talk to each other. It is incredibly powerful musically and, as an actor, it would be amazing to perform 2 people at the same time.
What is something that you hope audiences leave the show talking or thinking about after it closes?
One of the things I love about theatre is that you step out of your own life and get taken away on a journey for 2 hours. I hope everyone gets that experience and also goosebumps when the symphony starts to play the music.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS:
Favourite production you have ever seen?
You’re getting on a plane tomorrow and you can go anywhere in the world, where do you go?
Dream show to perform in?
Jenna in Waitress
Plays or musicals?
A hobby you have beyond the theatre?
Meditation and reading
What’s next for you after this show?
Not sure yet, there are a few things in the pipeline.
Jekyll & Hyde opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne on October 25 before moving to the ICC Sydney on November 2, 2019. You can get your tickets here.