Were You There?
January 6, 2001
Final performance of Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway
Well, it looks like the final moment has come for
Rob Evan in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway. This time it is NOT
Rob leaving Jekyll, it is J&H leaving us all!
The show was one of those that will remain with
us, in many fragments of memory for a long time. The cast was at
the same time up for the performance, and seemingly well-aware of
what was the significance of the moment. The Plymouth Theatre, my
home for so long, was full to the very ceiling - all seats and
standing room positions sold!
Although the SHOW was in the mind of all of those
who attended this matinee, Rob was in the mind of most, and boy o
boy o boy, did he ever do us proud! (this is not a non-partisan
There was a barely controlled air of excitement,
anticipation, and sadness as we awaited curtain time. The applause
was heard even before each number was finished, and the cast rose
to the occasion. Never had Rob sung Lost In the Darkness
more poignantly, never had there been more anguish and frustration
in the Board of Governors. Scene after scene, vignette
after vignette, the tension was building, palpable, almost a
living thing; and then, it was time... the final This Is The
Moment, and Rob gave us a moment remember. Ladies and
gentlemen, it was a Moment never to let go of! This man
,who has given us so much, gave us more! HOW could he have done
that????? ROBERT EVAN gave us more than
one would think one man could give, but he did, and the audience
responded with a most amazing thank you to him by a standing
ovation at that time, and by enough applause and 'bravos' to fill
Ladies and gentlemen, there is no way for me to
explain my feelings objectively. ENOUGH of you were there to know
that we were witnessing a performance NOT to be forgotten, and let
me assure you, I will not forget, and I fervently hope that you
remember that this was the way it should be!
Once Upon a Dream was even more moving than
ever; In His Eyes left few eyes dry; Dangerous Game
was quite able to dry all our tears with the heat generated;
The Way Back took all the oxygen out of the theatre, with it's
plaintive plea to the heavens, and by now, the cast was teary-eyed
as well. Confrontation should not be discussed in mixed
company! I am reasonably certain that most of the audience felt
some of my emotions, and I have taken enough of your time. The
CAST did not let us down! The ORCHESTRA was on target!
After the tumultuous curtain call, Rob asked us
for a few more minutes, and the he spoke to all of us... cast,
crew, staff, and audience. He was including us in his goodbye, and
he spoke well, although not too long.
I hope you share many of my memories and thoughts
as I thank Rob for the joy he has given us, and look forward to
his next endeavor! J&H may be leaving, the Rob Evan Fan
Club is not; we will continue to be the source of info from Rob
himself. PLEASE join us if you have not already.
THANK YOU so much for so very much, ROB ... you
have not ever let us down!