Tom Hewitt and Melissa Errico Set for Dracula; Musical Gets New Broadway Dates

News   Tom Hewitt and Melissa Errico Set for Dracula; Musical Gets New Broadway Dates
Tom Hewitt and Melissa Errico will star as Count Dracula and his prey, Mina Murray, in the upcoming Broadway staging of Dracula, the Musical, now set to begin previews starting July 19 towards an opening at the Belasco Theatre Aug. 16.
Tom Hewitt as Dracula and Melissa Errico.
Tom Hewitt as Dracula and Melissa Errico. Photo by J.T. MacMillan (<i>Dracula</i>)

Dodger Stage Holding and Joop van den Ende will produce the new Frank Wildhorn musical, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment.

Two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Big River, The Who's Tommy) is set to direct with choreography by Mindy Cooper. Dracula has a book by Christopher Hampton (Sunset Blvd., Les Liaisons Dangereuses), lyrics by Don Black (Sunset Blvd, Aspects of Love) and music by 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."

Hewitt was Tony Award-nominated for his turn as Frank 'N' Furter in the 2001 revival of The Rocky Horror Show. His other Broadway credits include The Boys from Syracuse, The Lion King, Art and The Sisters Rosensweig as well as the national tour of Urinetown.

Errico, who recently starred in Finian’s Rainbow, earned a 2003 Tony Award nomination for Amour. The actress has also appeared in Sunday in the Park With George (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), My Fair Lady, High Society, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables and Aunt Dan and Lemon. The design team features Heidi Ettinger (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes)and Howell Binkley (lighting). Musical direction is by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

Tickets are slated to go on sale in early June. More casting will be announced shortly. *

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 Transylvanian in his castle into a handsome thirtysomething seducing London's beautiful young women.

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