Through Sept. 4 at Il Teatro 450, 449 Powell, Third Floor, S.F. Call 433-1172.
-- Joe Mader
Jekyll & Hyde
With the Chron condemning it as the worst musical of the decade and the latest Forbidden Broadway CD proclaiming: "See Jekyll & Hyde. Perfect for people who find Andrew Lloyd Webber's music too challenging," you hate to kick this show, which is already, obviously, down. But Christ Almighty does this one suck. Composer Frank Wildmon and writer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse can't come up with a single original idea, and the first act is deadly dull. Dr. Jekyll (Chuck Wagner) sings "This Is the Moment" right before he injects himself for the first time (with "Formula HJ7," don't ya know). It's the same exact song as Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time," swear to God. Act 2, however, has some great moments of camp. The opener is a hoot: "Murder, murder! In the night! Air!/ Murder, murder! It's a night! Mare!" And poor Chuck Wagner has a duet with himself as both Jekyll and Hyde ("Confrontation") that someone from the Act 1 asylum must have written. As a chorus of Jekyll detractors sings: "Nay. Nay. Absolutely, positively nay!" With Andrea Rivette and Sharon Brown, who have to belt out some big bland ballads.
Through Aug. 29 at the Orpheum, 1192 Market (at Hyde), S.F. Call 551-2000.
-- Joe Mader