The New York Post reports that two sets of producers are vying to produce Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston's 1927 stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel: one Off-Broadway and one on Broadway. The Artists Theatre Group announced last September that a revival of the play would begin in December at the Little Shubert Theatre Off-Broadway. The production never materialized.
The latest Off-Broadway plan would feature Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham as Van Helsing, with a young unknown in the title role. The run would play the Little Shubert in April, followed by a national tour.
Broadway producers are hoping to sign Oscar-winning film star Javier Bardem as the Count. Both productions will likely use the 1975 Edward Gorey production designs.
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.