This latest postponement will be the third time a planned production of the musical has been delayed.
The upcoming Australian tour of the musical Jekyll and Hyde, co-presented by John Frost’s Gordon Frost Organisation and Opera Australia has been postponed, it was announced today. In a statement released this morning, the producers said, “With building interest from international co-producers and the incredible scale of the production now evident, the producers have made the decision to delay the Australian season to ensure that this most magnificent reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde is given the time required for both its Australian Premiere and future international exposure.” The musical, which was due to open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in December, was set to star Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the title role along side Jemma Rix, in a newly reimagined production currently in development in New York.
The partnership between Gordon Frost Organisation and Opera Australia has been an especially fruitful one, with previous collaborations – Anything Goes, South Pacific and The King and I – resulting in superb box office takings and a slew of awards. However, given Jekyll and Hyde’s conspicuously checkered past, the decision to mount a production in Australia was met with some scepticism when it was announced last year. Consistently panned by critics the world over since it first opened in Houston, Texas in 1990, the musical has been reworked repeatedly over the years. This most recent postponement is the third time a planned, advertised production has been cancelled.