Powerful vocals are one of this production’s clear strengths, and much of that is due to award-winning R&B singer Deborah Cox. She plays Lucy, the prostitute who falls for Jekyll as she yearns for a better life and then pleasures Hyde as he regularly visits in the night for a little S&M. Wildhorn’s score is reminiscent of the “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables” genre, clearly in a late-1980s, early-1990s music style that is nowhere more evident than in Lucy’s songs. That a couple, like the show-stopping “A New Life,” sound like classic Whitney Houston songs is not unexpected since Wildhorn wrote Houston’s 1988 hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and Cox recorded a duet with her. Houston would have had to be in absolute top shape, though, to do a better job with these songs than Cox does, and Cox impresses while also creating a sympathetic tough-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold character
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