Look Behind The Facade

There’s a strange little gem of a musical version of Jekyll and Hyde. And it’s awesome. And really weird. I’ve only ever seen the DVD version which features David Hasslehoff as the titular role. And he’s not bad.

What I really like about this musical, though, is the song Façade. Good thing, too, because it takes up about half of the musical. The song is performed a total of FIVE TIMES throughout the show. The five versions all have different and equally awesome lyrics and tone, but I know I’m a minority in loving it so I’ll just link you to the main version:

Obviously the theme of the song (and overall story of Jekyll and Hyde) is the invisible layers of good and evil each person possesses, but I like to look at it in a more simplified manner. Each person you meet has a whole life you don’t know about. Each person is “not one man, but two.” Whether that refers to a secret murderous streak or invisible illness, it’s an important message to keep in mind.

Just look at David Hasslehoff – you might think you know him, then he turns around and does a pretty convincing struggle playing Jekyll trying to overcome the monster Hyde. I mean, as far as really tough roles to play, Jekyll/Hyde is towards the top of that list.

Don’t hassle the Hoff judge people by what you think you know about them!

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