Will Dracula Revival Vanish Off-Broadway Prematurely?

News   Will Dracula Revival Vanish Off-Broadway Prematurely?
The Off-Broadway revival of the gothic stage classic Dracula, starring Italian actor Michel Altieri and Tony Award winner George Hearn, which was scheduled to run through March 13 at the Little Shubert Theatre, is now on sale only through Jan. 9, according to Telecharge.com.

Michel Altieri
Michel Altieri Photo by Carol Rosegg

Representatives for the play told Playbill.com that they had not been contacted by Dracula producers about the change in performance schedule reflected on the Telecharge website.

Paul Alexander helmed the 1927 thriller based on Bram Stoker's novel, which began previews Dec. 14 and officially opened Jan. 5. Critics did not take to the latest revival, which scuttled Edward Gorey's iconic Tony Award-winning 1975 production designs to take a fresh stab at the look of the show.

Performances were originally scheduled through March 13. The new country musical Lucky Guy was previously announced to begin performances at the Little Shubert April 28.

Altieri, who has been seen in the Italian premieres of Rent and Beauty and the Beast, is making his American stage debut as the blood-thirsty count, with Tony Award winner Hearn (La Cage aux Folles, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard) as vampire hunter Van Helsing.

Emily Bridges plays the doomed maiden Lucy Seward. The young actress took over the role just as Dracula began previews when original actress Thora Birch ("American Beauty") was released from her contract prior to the start of performances. 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. 

Dracula has set design by Dana Kenn, costumes by Willa Kim, lighting design by Brian Nason, sound design by Chris DelVecchio and special effects by Greg Meeh.

Bram Stoker's Dracula LLC, Tony Travis, George and Dona Shipley, Ed Bankole, Megan Barnett, Leslie Evers, and Michael Alden produce the engagement.

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.

George Hearn, Jake Silbermann and John Buffalo Mailer
George Hearn, Jake Silbermann and John Buffalo Mailer
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