Only 90 minutes from the Sunday 3 PM matinee, Sept. 19, of Jekyll & Hyde at Broadway's Plymouth Theatre, the skylight above the stage sank in, causing the performance to be canceled. According to production spokesperson Jim Byk (of the Richard Kornberg press office), the Shubert Organization fixed the problem Sept. 20, and the show is ready to go on tonight, Sept. 21.
The collapse of the 20 X 25 foot skylight, which "dislodged, crumbed and came loose...but did not hit the stage," happened on the day J&H was to celebrate its 1000th performance on Broadway, said Byk. That distinction will instead occur this evening.
No one was hurt during the Sunday accident; in fact, no one actually saw it happen, though (according to spokesperson Byk) a couple of offstage stagehands "heard a noise and then checked to see what had happened. The crew tried to secure it, but [the Shuberts] had to cancel the performance." The afternoon's ticketholders were offered refunds or exchanges.
A J&H spokesperson stressed that the theatre, built in 1917, is in excellent shape. "The Shuberts keep their houses in good condition... the Plymouth has a really fine backstage." He speculated that the after effects of the previous week's tropical storm might have helped cause the mishap.
Jekyll & Hyde currently stars Rob Evan as Jekyll (with Joseph Mahowald playing the matinees), Luba Mason as Lucy and Anastasia Barzee as Emma. The show features music by Frank Wildhorn and book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. For tickets and information call (212) 239-6200.