1885 - ("Prolog")
Dr. Henry Jekyll, a brilliant young
doctor and research scientist, anguishes over his father's inexplicable
in the Darkness" / "Fern
und im Dunkeln" )
Jekyll is obsessed by he belief, that given
appropriate support by his peers in the medical profession, he
can separate the dual elements of good and evil that are constantly
struggling for the supremacy inside every human being.
(I need to know / "Ich
Jekyll presents his case to the highly conservative and unsympathetic
Board of Governors of St. Jude's Mental Hospital. He's asking
to test this theories on a live human being. His request is unanimously
and summarily rejected, except by the President of the Board,
Sir Danvers Carew, Jekyll's future father-in-law, who abstains
from voting. The rest of the Board dismiss Jekyll as a dangerous
("St. Jude's Hospital")
closest friend and advisor, his lawyer John Utterson, sympathises
and tries to encourage him.
the Truth" / "Wie
soll es nun weiter gehen")
the changing picture you see the lower class of London - sharing
their thoughts about how the "upper" class only show
their facade and not their real face.
ill-feeling from that fateful encounter at St. Jude's Hospital
carries over into the evening at the glittering reception given
by Sir Danvers to celebrate Jekyll's engagement to his daughter
Lisa. Since Jekyll is late for his own engagement party - one
of his rivals - the drunken Simon Stride tries to talk Lisa out
of marrying Dr. Henry Jekyll.
Reason" / "Verlobungsfeier")
bridegroom finally arrives - pretty late. After living through
the "remarks" of Sir Danvers and dealing with the guests
of the party, Jekyll is finally alone with Lisa. He tells her
that he is more determined than ever to pursue his course of action.
must go on" / "Ich
muß die Arbeit beenden")
But Lisa assures him that she is willing
to walk with him all the way.
me as I am" / "Nimm
mich wie ich bin")
Sir Danvers and Jekyll's friend Utterson
disrupt the loving couple. And after a small quarrel with Sir
Danvers about the meeting with the Board later that day, Jekyll
and Utterson leave. Not to happy about Lisa's choice for marriage,
Sir Danvers discusses his concerns with Lisa.
Go" / "Loslassen")
you see the streets of London. ("Fassade
- Reprise 1")
tries to take Jekyll's mind off his problems by dragging him unwillingly
to a disreputable bar - The Red Rat - where Nellie greets them.
Among the girls working at the club is Lucy Harris, a disillusioned
young woman who wants to make something of her life.
- Reprise 2" / "No
one know who I am" - only Broadway)
On stage of the "Red Rat" Lucy displays
a vibrant personality as she sings an appropriately song
N' Evil") ("Schafft
die Männer ran")
Then the club's seedy owner, sinisterly
know as The Spider, physically assaulting Lucy in front of the
customers for not "doing her job", Jekyll steps in between. Consoling
her by offering his drink, Lucy tries to seduce him to please
the "always" watching owner Spider. Jekyll thankfully declines,
but gives her his card, should she ever need a friend.
("Lucy & Jekyll in der Roten Ratte")
Returning home, Jekyll thanks Utterson for
the dubious relaxation provided by the "Red Rat" and decides to
work late. Utterson leaves and Poole - Jekyll's Butler - relays
the bad news of Jekyll's Father's death. Both remember his father's
great qualities before his dark illness descended on him. Jekyll's
mind is made up now... he has to prove his theories.
there is no choice" - "This
is the Moment" / "Dies
ist die Stunde")
In his laboratory, Jekyll records in
his journal that he is making himself the subject of the experiment.
He drinks 100 cl of the prepared formula JH 7.
Transformation" / "Die
is transformed into... a fierce creature - Edward Hyde.
Nellie and Lucy lament their life, even
though Lucy still dreams of a better future.
Hyde he's returning to the Red Rat looking for Lucy. There he
exults his evil and liberated persona by trying to abuse Lucy
and attacking another customer who tried to intervene.
/ "Das Gefühl von Edward Hyde")
Jekyll's experiments continue. He
disappears from society and becomes reclusive, unavailable to
even his closest circle - Lisa, Utterson and Poole. They are unaware
of the demons he is dealing with as he remains isolated and locked
away in his laboratory. Lisa is concerned and hopes that Utterson
will be able to talk some sense into him. Jekyll finally emerges,
to be confronted by his anxious best friend John Utterson.
("Your work - and nothing more" / "Du kennst nur eins")
Jekyll receives an unexpected letter
from Lucy, in which she states to be badly hurt. And so Jekyll
runs off to her room at the "Red Rat". Lucy awaits full hope Jekyll's
arrival and tells him about this sadistic visitor who hurt her.
Jekyll is appalled and tenderly treats her wounds. Lucy says that
she will never forget this customers name "Hyde.... Edward Hyde!"
Transfixed with horror, Jekyll completes his treatment.
Tenderness" / "Freundlichkeit,
by his kindness, she kisses him - with gratitude and passion.
A confused Jekyll takes his leave of her. Lucy daydreams of her
impossible relationship with Jekyll while he wanders off into
the streets of London.
like you" / "Jemand
Back in the seedier streets of London, Hyde
intercepts the Bishop of Basingstroke, one of the St. Jude's Hospital
Board Governors - after the Bishop returned from a sordid liaison
with a teenage boy. Hyde batters the hypocritical cleric to death
and sets him on fire in a frenzy of rage. Hyde has become Jekyll's
avenging "Angel of Death"
- Reprise" / "Das Gefühl von Edward Hyde - Reprise")