Report: Polanski's Vampires Is Broadway Bound

News   Report: Polanski's Vampires Is Broadway Bound
 
The odds are good that Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1977 after being charged in a statutory rape case, will come to Broadway next season to direct Dance of the Vampires, a musical version of Polanski's 1967 film horror spoof, The Fearless Vampire Killers, according to a published report.

The odds are good that Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1977 after being charged in a statutory rape case, will come to Broadway next season to direct Dance of the Vampires, a musical version of Polanski's 1967 film horror spoof, The Fearless Vampire Killers, according to a published report.

The $7 million musical opened earlier this month at Vienna's 1,215-seat Raimund Theatre. Music is by Jim Steinman, with book and lyrics by Michael Kunze.

"Our idea has always been to take it to New York," said Andrew Braunsberg, the show's producer, in an Oct. 17 interview in The New York Times.

Although there had originally been talk of taking Dance of the Vampires to the West End before bringing it to New York, Braunsberg said he has come to realize that "it's really more of a New York show," and he said his plan is to bring it to a Broadway venue in late-1998.

Playbill On-Line interviewed Polanski at length in July. The complete text of that interview can be found in Theatre Features.

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