By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The musical version of a Robert Louis Stevenson horror classic had its Philadelphia premiere last night at the Forrest Theatre, on Walnut Street.

Matt Wolf, vice president of programming for the Kimmel Center, says “Jekyll and Hyde” — part of its “Broadway” series — is at the Forrest Theatre through Sunday, ahead of its Broadway opening.

“This is a really successful Broadway musical that has been redone,” Wolf tells KYW Newsradio.  “It is a new production, with most of the creative team for the Broadway smash success, ‘Newsies.’ ”

He says those who like musical theatre will love “Jekyll and Hyde.”

“It’s a story of good versus evil, it’s a story of the base instincts of man and refined behaviors, and it’s a story of love and passion.”

And Wolf says Philadelphia is one of just a few stops before this production lands in New York in April.

“And that’s one of the wonderful reasons why we have such great stars in those title roles,” he says.  “These stars will take this show to Broadway and play roles that were made famous.”

And he says seeing the show in Philadelphia will cost you less than seeing it on Broadway.

“It ranges in price from about $25 to $125.  I would say it’s appropriate for children ten and over.”

For tickets, call 1-800-447-7400.

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