Sunday, March 04, 2001

Broadway musical coming to big screen

By Margaret A. McGurk
The Cincinnati Enquirer

David Hasselhoff stars in Jekyll and Hyde.
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        National Amusements, owner of the Showcase Cinemas theater chain, will bring a Broadway musical to its big-screen, stadium-style facility in Springdale on Saturday.

        The performance of Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, starring former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, was recorded in digital, high-definition format at New York's Plymouth Theatre, where it holds the record as the venue's longest-running show.

        The show was captured by the Broadway Television Network for a new enterprise known as Broadway-Cinema. The undertaking aims to attract stage-show fans to movie theaters and to introduce movie buffs to Broadway productions.

        Jekyll and Hyde also will be unveiled in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., in what amounts to an experiment for the theater chain, said Jennifer Maguire, National Amusements spokeswoman.

        “It definitely does appeal to a number of different audiences,” she said.

        Ms. Maguire said the Broadway project fit National Amusements' long-term plans.

        “We had been looking for some time for alternative types of entertainment to feature in our theaters,” she said. “Jekyll and Hyde is a particularly good feature for us, with the instant name recognition of David Hasselhoff and a well-known story.”

        A touring stage production of Jekyll and Hyde played in Cincinnati in December 1999 at the Aronoff Center; Mr. Hasselhoff was not part of the cast.

        The movie will be screened at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $19.95, available in person at Showcase Cinema theaters, by phone at 671-6884, or online at


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