Thora Birch and Dracula Part Company; Understudy Emily Bridges Steps in for First Preview

News   Thora Birch and Dracula Part Company; Understudy Emily Bridges Steps in for First Preview
 
Thora Birch has been released from the cast of the Off-Broadway revival of Bram Stoker's Dracula, the producers announced on Dec. 14, the same day the play begins previews at the Little Shubert Theatre. Understudy Emily Bridges will now play Birch's role of Lucy.

Thora Birch
Thora Birch Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The official opening is Jan. 5, 2011.

Bridges is the co-author of a stage adaptation of "Acting: The First Six Lessons," which she wrote and performed with her father, Beau Bridges. A student at the London Dramatic Academy and Moscow Art Theatre School, she has appeared on stage in Gaslight, The Princess and the Frog and Happy Hour and the movies "Voyage of the Unicorn" and "The Uninvited."

Bridges was playing the part of Miss Wells, which will now be taken over by Katharine Luckinbill. The daughter of actors Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill and granddaughter of show business icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, she studied at the Conservatory at the University of Miami. Her credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sonia Flew and Melinda Lopez's Alexandros. Dracula marks the New York stage debut of both Bridges and Luckinbill.

No further statement about Birch's exit was given.

Emily Bridges
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The cast also features two-time Tony Award winner George Hearn (La Cage Aux Folles, Sunset Boulevard), Tony nominee Timothy Jerome (Me and My Girl), Jake Silbermann ("As the World Turns"), John Buffalo Mailer ("Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps"), and Rob O'Hare (Hell House). Dracula is being played by Michel Altieri, an Italian award winner who has appeared in Italy in such shows as Rent and Beauty and the Beast. He is making his American stage debut.

Dracula is produced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula LLC, Tony Travis, George and Donna Shipley, Leslie Evers, Harold Stream, Ed Bankole, Megan Barnett, Carolyn Bechtel and Michael Alden.

The staging features scenic design by Dana Kenn, lighting design by Brian Nason and costume design by Willa Kim. Paul Alexander directs.

For more information, visit www.telecharge.com or www.draculaonstage.com.

Katherine Luckinbill, Emily Bridges, Malcolm Madera, Rob O'Hare, Nicholas Stannard, George Hearn, Michel Altieri, Timothy Jerome, John Buffalo Mailer and Jake Silbermann
Katherine Luckinbill, Emily Bridges, Malcolm Madera, Rob O'Hare, Nicholas Stannard, George Hearn, Michel Altieri, Timothy Jerome, John Buffalo Mailer and Jake Silbermann
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