JEKYLL & HYDE LIVE!

A/N: I was inspired to write this after reading Prince Azrael's screenplay, and it got me to thinking, "What if NBC or one of the other networks adapted it for a live broadcast?" (And yes, the ends of each section are where I would have the commercial breaks.)

PRINCIPALS

Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde—EWAN McGREGOR

Emma Carew—ALISAN PORTER (Curly Sue)

Lucy Harris—ANNE HATHAWAY

John Utterson—NORM LEWIS (Jesus Christ Superstar Live!)

Sir Danvers Carew—ALAN CUMMING (Disney's Annie; Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas)

BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF ST. JUDE'S HOSPITAL

Simon Stride—PHIL COLLINS (Genesis)

Lord Savage—JIM PARSONS

Bishop of Basingstoke—JOHN STAMOS

Lady Beaconsfield—JANE LYNCH

General Lord Glossop—GERARD BUTLER (300; The Phantom of the Opera)

THE RED RAT

Spider, the bouncer—ARIES SPEARS (Mad TV)

Nellie, another dancer—CHRISTINA RICCI

Guinivere, the German manageress—ALLISON BALSON (Little House on the Prairie)

OTHERS

Bisset, Apothecary—JM J. BULLOCK (Too Close for Comfort; Spaceballs)

Poole, Dr. Jekyll's butler—TED DANSON

Newsboy—GATEN MATARAZZO (Netflix's Stranger Things)

Priest—ROBERT CUCCIOLI (Broadway's original Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde)

Albert Jekyll, Dr. Jekyll's comatose father—TELLER (Penn & Teller)

DR. JEKYLL:

(Voice-Over)

In each of us, there are two natures. If this primitive duality of man, good and evil, can be housed in separate identities, life will be relieved of all that is unbearable. It is the curse of mankind that these polar twins should be constantly struggling.

JOHN UTTERSON:

(Voice-Over)

In the autumn of 1888, my friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, began a series of experiments that he hoped would alter all of our notions of good and evil. But how could I have known that it would transform his soul...and mine as well?

SCENE: A Room at St. Jude's Hospital

As the screen fades into color, Dr. Henry Jekyll is seen standing beside the bed of his comatose father, Albert. John Utterson, Dr. Jekyll's attorney and long-time friend, and Sir Danvers Carew, the doctor's future father-in-law, are standing at the foot of the bed.)

SIR DANVERS CAREW:

He is beyond help, Henry.

DR. JEKYLL:

Sir Danvers, he still has a soul, as pure and as good as yours or mine, but he's trapped in a dark and terrible world. Madness is the cruelest of all prisons. There must be a way to help him.

SIR DANVERS:

Death will help him!

DR. JEKYLL:

My theories convince me there is a better solution.

SIR DANVERS:

Your theories are dangerous!

UTTERSON:

They say you are trespassing on hallowed ground when you experiment on the human mind.

DR. JEKYLL:

My colleagues are cowards, afraid of what they don't understand. How can we call ourselves civilized if we're not prepared to help him, and every other wretched soul like him?

SIR DANVERS:

I admire your tenacity, Henry, but I question your philosophy.

UTTERSON:

You're a gifted man. Use your gifts wisely.

(They exit. Dr. Jekyll brushes his father's hair off his forehead and squeezes his hand.)

"Lost In The Darkness"

DR. JEKYLL:

LOST IN THE DARKNESS, SILENCE SURROUNDS YOU

ONCE THERE WAS MORNING, NOW ENDLESS NIGHT

IF I COULD REACH YOU, I'D GUIDE YOU AND TEACH YOU

TO WALK FROM THE DARKNESS BACK INTO THE LIGHT

DEEP IN YOUR SILENCE, PLEASE TRY TO HEAR ME

I'LL KEEP YOU NEAR ME, 'TILL NIGHT PASSES BY

I WILL FIND THE ANSWER, I'LL NEVER DESERT YOU

I PROMISE YOU THIS, TILL THE DAY THAT I DIE

(Spoken

Good night, Father.

(Dr. Jekyll walks out of his father's hospital room and down the hall.)

"I Need To Know"

DR. JEKYLL:

(Singing thoughts)

I NEED TO KNOW

THE NATURE OF THE DEMONS THAT POSSESS MAN'S SOUL

I NEED TO KNOW

WHY MAN'S CONTENT TO MAKE HIM LESS THAN WHOLE

WHY DOES HE REVEL IN MURDER AND MADNESS?

WHAT IS IT MAKES HIM BE LESS THAN HE SHOULD?

WHY IS HE DOOMED NOT TO REACH HIS POTENTIAL?

HIS SOUL IS BLACK WHEN HE TURNS HIS BACK UPON GOOD

I NEED TO FIND

A WAY TO GET INSIDE THE TORTURED MIND OF A MAN

I NEED TO TRY

TO SEPARATE GOOD AND EVIL, IF I CAN

ONE THING IS CERTAIN, THE EVIL GROWS STRONGER

GOOD FIGHTS A HOPELESS AND DESPERATE FIGHT

I MUST FIND WAYS OF ADJUSTING THE BALANCE

TO BRING HIM BACK FROM THE EMPTY BLACK EDGE OF NIGHT

I NEED TO GO

WHERE NO MAN HAS VENTURED BEFORE

TO SEARCH FOR THE KEY TO THE DOOR

THAT WILL END ALL THIS TRAGIC AND SENSELESS DECAY

BUT HOW TO GO?

I NEED TO KNOW!

(At this point, Dr. Jekyll is outside and walking toward his carriage. He tips his hat to a couple of passing ladies on the street.)

I NEED TO LEARN

THE SECRETS OF THE MIND THAT WE CANNOT DISCERN

I NEED TO LEARN THE THINGS

THAT MAKE MEN PASS THE POINT OF NO RETURN

WHY DOES A WISE MAN TAKE LEAVE OF HIS SENSES?

WHERE IS THAT FINE LINE WHERE SANITY MELTS?

WHEN DOES INTELLIGENCE GIVE WAY TO MADNESS?

A MOMENT COMES WHEN A MAN BECOMES SOMETHING ELSE

I NEED TO KNOW

WHY MAN PLAYS THIS STRANGE DOUBLE GAME

HIS HAND ALWAYS CLOSE TO THE FLAME

IT'S A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL HE CANNOT DISCLAIM!

BUT WHAT'S HIS AIM?

I NEED TO KNOW!

DEAR GOD, GUIDE ME!

SHOW ME HOW TO SUCCEED!

WITH YOUR WISDOM INSIDE ME,

HENRY JEKYLL WILL FOLLOW WHEREVER YOU LEAD!

I NEED TO SEE

THE TRUTH OTHER MEN CANNOT SEE

TO BE THINGS OTHERS CAN'T BE

(The carriage stops, and the driver climbs down to open the door for Dr. Jekyll.)

GIVE ME COURAGE TO GO WHERE NO MAN WILL GO!

AND I WILL GO!

I NEED TO KNOW!

(Dr. Jekyll enters his house is greeted by Poole, his manservant.)

POOLE:

(As he helps Dr. Jekyll with his coat)

Good evening, sir. Will you be requiring anything?

DR. JEKYLL:

Not tonight, Poole. I must get ready for my presentation with the hospital's Board of Governors in the morning.

POOLE:

Yes, sir. Well, good night, then.

DR. JEKYLL:

Good night.

(Meanwhile, outside, the chorus is out on the streets. They stop to sing.)

"Façade"

ENSEMBLE:

THERE'S A FACE THAT WE WEAR IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY

IT'S SOCIETY'S MASK, IT'S SOCIETY'S WAY

AND THE TRUTH IS THAT IT'S ALL A FAÇADE

THERE'S A FACE THAT WE WEAR WHEN THE NIGHTTIME APPEARS

AND WHAT'S HIDING INSIDE BEHIND ALL OF OUR FEARS

IS OUR TRUE SELF, LOCKED INSIDE A FAÇADE

EVERY DAY, PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN SWEET WAY

LIKE TO ADD A COAT OF PAINT AND BE WHAT THEY AIN'T

THAT'S HOW OUR LITTLE GAME IS PLAYED LIVIN' LIKE A MASQUERADE

ACTIN' A BIZARRE CHARADE WHILE PLAYIN' THE SAINT

BUT THERE'S ONE THING I KNOW, AND I KNOW IT FOR SURE

THIS DISEASE THAT WE'VE GOT HAS GOT NO READY CURE

AND I'M CERTAIN LIFE IS TERRIBLY HARD

WHEN YOUR LIFE'S A FAÇADE

LOOK AROUND YOU, I HAVE FOUND

YOU CANNOT TELL BY LOOKING AT THE SURFACE

WHAT IS LURKING THERE BEHIND IT!

SEE THAT FACE!

NOW I'M PREPARED TO BET YOU

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET—'CAUSE MAN'S A MASTER OF DECEIT!

SO WHAT IS THE SINISTER SECRET?

THE LIE HE WILL TELL YOU IS TRUE

IT'S THAT EACH MAN YOU SEE ON THE STREET

ISN'T ONE MAN, BUT TWO!

NEARLY EVERYONE YOU SEE,

LIKE HIM AN' HER AN' YOU AN' ME

PRETENDS TO BE A PILLAR OF SOCIETY!

SOBRIETY AND PIETY,

WHO SHUDDERS AT THE THOUGHT OF NOTORIETY!

THE LADIES AND GENTS HERE BEFORE YOU

WHICH NONE OF THEM EVER ADMITS

MAY HAVE SINISTER LOOKS, BUT THEY'RE SINNERS AND CROOKS!

HYPOCRITES! HYPOCRITES!

THERE ARE PREACHERS WHO KILL!

THERE ARE KILLERS WHO PREACH!

THERE ARE TEACHERS WHO LIE!

THERE ARE LIARS WHO TEACH!

TAKE YOUR PICK, DEAR, 'CAUSE IT'S ALL A FAÇADE!

IF WE'RE NOT ONE, BUT TWO, ARE WE EVIL OR GOOD?

DO WE WALK THE FINE LINE THAT WE'D CROSS IF WE COULD?

ARE WE WAITING TO BREAK THROUGH THE FAÇADE?

ONE OR TWO, MIGHT LOOK KINDA WELL-TO-DO

HA! THEY'RE AS BAD AS ME AN' YOU,

RIGHT DOWN TO THEIR BOOTS!

I'M INCLINED TO THINK HALF-MANKIND

THINKS THE OTHER HALF IS BLIND!

WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO FIND—THEY'RE ALL IN CAHOOTS!

AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY DON'T MEAN WHAT THEY SAY

THEY DON'T SAY WHAT THEY MEAN, THEY DON'T EVER COME CLEAN

AND THE ANSWER IS IT'S ALL A FAÇADE

IS IT'S ALL A FAÇADE!

MAN IS NOT ONE, BUT TWO, HE IS EVIL AND GOOD

AN' HE WALKS THE FINE LINE WE COULD CROSS IF WE COULD!

IT'S A NIGHTMARE WE CAN NEVER DISCARD

SO WE STAY ON OUR GUARD

THOUGH WE LOVE THE FAÇADE

WHAT'S BEHIND THE FAÇADE?

LOOK BEHIND THE FAÇADE!