Will Hewitt and Errico Give In to Ungodly Hunger in Wildhorn's Dracula, the Musical?

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Tom Hewitt and Melissa Errico are in discussions to play Count Dracula and his comely quarry, Mina, in Broadway's forthcoming Dracula, the Musical, which begins previews starting July 12, followed by an opening at the Belasco Theatre Aug. 5.
Tom Hewitt as Dracula and Melissa Errico.
Tom Hewitt as Dracula and Melissa Errico. Photo by J.T. MacMillan (<i>Dracula</i>)

A spokesperson for the show confirmed what has been widely talked about in the theatre community, though an official casting announcement is not expected until negotiations are final.

It would seem to be a no-brainer that some of the cast of the previous staging of the piece, in 2001 at the La Jolla Playhouse, would be invited to Broadway.

Errico is currently starring in an Off-Broadway concert revival of Finian's Rainbow for Irish Repertory Theatre.

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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.

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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.

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