PHOTO CALL: Lestat Takes a Bite Out of San Francisco As Pre-Broadway Tryout Begins
28 Dec 2005
From Top: Hugh Panaro; Carolee Carmello and Hugh Panaro in Lestat.
The new Elton John-Bernie Taupin-Linda Woolverton musical Lestat, based on the popular vampire character created by novelist Anne Rice, is currently in the midst of a tryout run in San Francisco before its scheduled Broadway opening on April 13, 2006.
The new musical marks the return to Broadway for pop star John, who previously won accolades in the theatre for The Lion King and Aida. Lestat teams John and Taupin with the creative trio behind Disney's Beauty and the Beast: book writer Woolverton, choreographer Matt West and director Robert Jess Roth.
At left and below, stars Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera) and Carolee Carmello (Mamma Mia!) lead the company in scenes from the production's try-out at the Curran Theatre. Lestat begins previews at Broadway's Palace Theatre on March 11, 2006.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.