PHOTO CALL: First Look at Dracula, with Michel Altieri, Emily Bridges and George Hearn

News   PHOTO CALL: First Look at Dracula, with Michel Altieri, Emily Bridges and George Hearn
Dracula, Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston's 1927 stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's gothic horror novel, starring Michel Altieri, Emily Bridges and Tony Award-winning actor George Hearn, plays the Little Shubert Theatre.

Italian actor Altieri, who has been seen in the Italian premieres of Rent and Beauty and the Beast, makes his American stage debut as the blood-thirsty count, with Hearn (La Cage aux Folles, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard) as vampire hunter Van Helsing and Bridges as doomed maiden Lucy Seward.

Here is a first look at the show:

The cast also features Tony Award nominee Timothy Jerome as Dr. Seward, Jake Silbermann as Jonathan Harker, John Buffalo Mailer as Renfield, Katharine Luckinbill as Miss Wells and Rob O'Hare as Butterworth. 

Paul Alexander helms the thriller, which will officially open Jan. 5, 2011, for a 13-week Off-Broadway run through March 13, 2011.

The stage adaptation made its Broadway premiere on Oct. 5, 1927, at the Fulton Theatre with Bela Lugosi in the title role. Lugosi famously repeated his performance in the 1931 film. To coincide with the film, a Broadway revival of Dracula was staged in 1931 at the Royale Theatre with Courtney White as the star. A Tony-winning 1977 Broadway revival earned Frank Langella a Tony nomination for his work as the blood-thirsty count. Langella also starred in the 1979 film remake that co-starred Sir Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing, Donald Pleasance as Dr. Jack Seward and Kate Nelligan as Lucy Seward.

For tickets, priced $89.50, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.

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