Along the way this multi-faceted performer has seemingly entered the psyche of British life and has proved, not only due to his pivotal role in TV hit Just Good Friends but countless appearances treading the boards, that he is very talented indeed.
As the brilliant doctor intent on tampering with his personality to create an alter-ego, Nicholas gets top billing in a show he also co-produces. With Broadway success to compare it to, if this Jekyll & Hyde sucks - no matter how impressive the staging - Nicholas carries the can.
But, as I said, he's a cheeky chappy who can seemingly do no wrong. A strong fan base ensure that this show will get a warm reception wherever it plays and Leslie Bricusse's lyrics and Frank Wildhorn's music (the soaring melodies are delivered with panache by the Gareth Williams led band) are foot-tapping narrative-drivers if not exactly the most memorable show tunes you've ever heard.
Nicholas, of course, is not alone on stage. A cast of 20 belt out the tunes and Shona Lindsay manages to overcome a tortuous existence as Jekyll's fiancé by doing a fine job singing her own songs. Then there is Louise Dearman, who stands out of the pack with her tremendous stage presence and great voice.
This production is, like Nicholas, a bit too bright and breezy. For a gothic tale and even with Charle's Camm's atmospheric set there are times when it's just a bit too light, or daft (the transformation from Jekyll to Hyde springs to mind).
The best superlative to use in conjunction with UK Production's take on this worldwide hit is nice. That's no bad thing, because it makes for a nice night out. But it's not entirely satisfying.
- Morgan Sproxton (reviewed at Sheffield Lyceum)