Wildhorn's Dracula, the Musical, Wings to Broadway's Belasco July 12, Opening Aug. 5

News   Wildhorn's Dracula, the Musical, Wings to Broadway's Belasco July 12, Opening Aug. 5 Dracula, the Musical, will be the first new musical of the 2004-2005 Broadway season, previewing starting July 12, followed by an opening at the Belasco Theatre Aug. 5.

Producers Dodger Stage Holding and Joop van den Ende, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment, announced the Broadway bow of the Frank Wildhorn show March 25.

The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Big River, The Who's Tommy), and choreographed by Mindy Cooper. Dracula has a book by Tony Award-winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Blvd., Les Liaisons Dangereuses), lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award-winner Don Black (Sunset Blvd, Aspects of Love) and music by Tony-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War).

According to the announcement, "Dracula, the Musical, "is a new musical vision of romance, terror and temptation based on the Bram Stoker classic novel. Set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age, the production follows Dracula's lust for new blood and a small band of mortal men and women who must face his overwhelming seduction and mesmeric supernatural powers."

Sets are by Heidi Ettinger; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Howell Binkley; and musical direction by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

Casting and ticket information will be announced soon. *

The musical had a workshop in December 2003. Based on the legendary Bram Stoker character, Draculawas originally mounted at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse in October 2001. Although the musical has been revised since that time, that staging was praised for its lush score, sexy bloodsuckers, the cast's acrobatics and for the special effects that helped heighten the thrill of the terrifying supernatural romance.

In La Jolla, Tom Hewitt starred as the vampire count, aging backwards from a 70-year-old Translyvanian in his castle into a handsome thirtysomething seducing London's beautiful young women.