This is the Moment

Some years ago my wife surprised me with some tickets to a Broadway show at the Performing Arts Center in Tampa. It was a musical adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde, the Robert Louis Stephenson classic Novella of the duality of man…good and evil. I had no idea at all how the story could be done well as a musical. But it was a Christmas Eve Matinée fun idea so I suspended disbelief and off we went. When we were seated and reviewing the program we saw that an understudy was doing his first time role as the lead, and we wondered how that would go over….but not for long. He was sensational and went on to do the lead many more times when the show reached Broadway where it played for 4 or 5 years. I became a “Jekky” and saw the show both on Broadway and in Tampa several more times. I love the musical score which I now realize is difficult to describe by providing links from you tube, as the emotions and passion of the score are vastly contrasting. There is beauty and love (the good) and there is dark and pulsating intensity (the bad.) In order to fully appreciate the individual songs one must see the play. There is however one song, This is the Moment, which stands out as a classic. It is the moment when the good Dr. Jekyll injects himself with the serum that he has developed to experiment with the evil side of man. It is the beginning of his end , but he does not yet know that, and so the song has a dramatic double meaning. Ultimately the good Dr. Jekyl is destroyed by his evil twin Mr. Hyde.
So what right? Why write about this now? Well, being a Jekky, I just last week saw the reprisal show in Tampa. ( I don’t think it will accomplish its goal of making Broadway), but it was fun to once again enter into the world of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde And then I saw the 2008 highlight of Barack Obama’s speech “This is the Moment “ when he said generations form now we will look back and recall that this is the moment when the planet began to heal and the oceans were lowered, and universal healthcare flowed like manna from the heavens.
Well sir, we will see.

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3 Responses

  1. pt, that was fabulous. Listening to Anthony Warlow gave me chills. He was the understudy? You so make me want to go see this. Hopefully one of these years it will come to Tallahassee. We are not exactly a hotbed of culture. We are a hotbed of politics and football.
    Now then. I think you are being unfair to the President. You have to twist or deliberately misunderstand what he said to make it into some egomaniacal statement where he personally was going to heal the planet. It was a campaign speech, so there is some inevitable hyperbole there, but it was meant to be inspirational. And I think it was. It was a great speech.

  2. It’s not in Vegas…yet. That’s probably the only way I’d see it.

  3. FN The understudy was Rob Evan and you can see some of his performances on you tube if you wish, Warlow did the concept album, along with Linda Eder. The producer wrote the music after hearing Eder sing, then he married her and sat in a box for many of her Broadway performances. I am a huge Linda Eder fan. Saw her do Jekyll in NY and a solo performance in St. Pete.

    The play is not at all about politics and is a “universal” story adapted to the stage. I made the metaphor after hearing both of them in the same week. It struck me as fitting, still does. 🙂 In fact it could be made even stronger, but then I would perhaps taint the show so I will not go further.

    Except to say, at the very best, Obama has vastly over-promised and under-delivered. Yes it was a great inspirational speech, but governing requires an entirely different skill set for which he was/is wanting.

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