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LaJolla (old cast)Full Cast  Announced for Frank Wildhorn's New Dracula Musical
by Randy Gener

La Jolla, CA  -- Broadway's sweet, transvestite is preparing to morph into a blood-sucking Transylvanian legend.  Tom Hewitt, the star of the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show, has just signed up to originate the title role of Frank Wildhorn's new project, Dracula, the Musical.

Hewitt's last performance as Dr. Frank N. Furter is Aug. 19, producer Jordan Roth told

According to the office of Dave Clemmons Casting, the rest of the Dracula cast is as follows:  Amy Rutberg as Lucy, Jenn Morse as Mina, Tom Flynn as Van Helsing, Joe Cassidy as Jack Seward, Chris Hoch as Arthur, Lee Morgan as Quincy, Bill Youmans as Renfield, Tom Stewart as Harker, as well as Jekyll alums Guy Lemonier and Jodie Stevens.  There are also seven other roles comprising of chorus of female vampires, but casting for those is not yet completed.

Dracula marks a milestone in the professional career of Hewitt, since it's the first major Broadway musical for which he is originating a title character.  The Rocky Horror revival has been a breakout role for the actor, after years of mostly replacing other actors in major Broadway shows.  At about the same time he was cast in Rocky Horror , Hewitt was playing another outsized role, Scar in the Disney's The Lion King.  A Montana native, he's appeared on Broadway in Yasmina Reza's Art, Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig and Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal.

Meanwhile, Wildhorn has decided to adjust the title of this long-awaited Broadway-bound musical.  Originally announced as the Musical Dracula, the show has been retitled Dracula, the Musical.  It will receive its world premier at La Jolla Playhouse in fall 2001.]

Previews begins Tuesday, Oct. 2, with an opening night slated for Oct. 14.

With a book by Christopher Hampton (translator of Art) and lyrics by Don Black, Wildhorn's Dracula will be directed by Des McAnuff, who steered The Who's Tommy to Broadway.

Wildhorn previously told that Dracula is a pop Gothic piece, firmly in the tradition of Jekyll and Hyde.  Dracula was initially discussed for Las Vegas but, Wildhorn said seemed likelier for Broadway.

Atlantic Records will issue the show's original cast recording at a date TBA.

Said McAnuff, "I'm drawn to ... Dracula because of the sheer theatricality of the material.  After all, Bram Stoker, who wrote the original novel upon which our musical is based, was a great man of the theatre.

McAnuff continued:  "As the manager of the famous English actor Sir Henry Irving and of London's Lyceum Theatre, he was kind of 19th century artistic director."

Wildhorn has had three shows on Broadway in recent years:  Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War.  Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde closed in January 2001 after a three-year run, but was shown on PPV cable TV March 10 and is now available on DVD and videocassette.

Dracula:  The Musical is actually the last show in La Jolla's 2001-2002 season.  Des McAnuff also opened his own musical The collected Works of Billy the Kidd, June 17, which is co-directed with Kate Whorisky.  McAnuff wrote the music and English Patient author Michael Ondaatje wrote the show's book.

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Article courtesy of and Randy Gener.