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News Water Leak at Belasco Halts Dracula Rehearsal; First Preview Delayed to July 29 Like an open vein, water spurted into the stage left wing of the Belasco Theatre, halting July 26 rehearsals for the new musical Dracula two days before its first preview. Due to the spillage, the show will now start July 29, a day later than announced.

A source at the theatre told Playbill On-Line the water was a "gusher" from a pipe above the wing that apparently leads to a rooftop tank. The noise of the water could be heard throughout the theatre at the time of the leak, around 9:30 PM.

Producers of the new musical thriller about the famed vampire count were in the house at the time. The first preview was scheduled for July 28. The show's first preview has been delayed a number of times owing to tech issues. At one point, July 26 was to be the first night. Had that date not been previously changed, a paying audience would have witnessed a soggy spectacle on Monday.

Inspired by the Bram Stoker classic, the musical is by composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist-librettist Christopher Hampton and Don Black. Des McAnuff directs the show, which features Tom Hewitt as Dracula and Melissa Errico as Mina.

Backstage electrical power was turned off for safety reasons and the fire department arrived to inspect.

Some set pieces got wet and electrical equipment was affected, but "it could have been much worse," one source told Playbill On-Line. Apparently, the more sensitive equipment for the show is located elsewhere on the stage. The Belasco (built in 1906) is one of Broadway's oldest and most storied theatres. Some say the house is haunted by the ghost of the theatre's namesake, David Belasco, the famed playwright-director-producer.

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