Casting Update for Dance of the Vampires


As we previously reported, Max von Essen, Mandy Gonzalez, René Auberjonois, Julia Murney and Ron Orbach will indeed join Michael Crawford in Dance of the Vampires, a production spokesperson confirmed to Liz McCartney, Mark Price and Asa Somers will also have featured roles in the musical.

Set in Lower Belabartòkovitch, Transylvania, Dance of the Vampires, stars Crawford as Count Von Krolock, a 19th century vampire whose passion is to win the soul and body of a beautiful 18-year-old virgin, Sarah. The only problem is his un-deadly intentions are upset when a vampire killer, Professor Abronsius (Auberjonois), arrives. The musical features music and lyrics by Jim Steinman and a book by David Ives, Steinman and Michael Kunze.

Von Essen, who participated in the English language Dance of the Vampires workshop, previously appeared on Broadway in the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar. Earlier this week he completed a run in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of My Fair Lady.

Gonzalez is probably best known for her Obie Award-winning performance in last season's off-Broadway production of Eli's Comin'. She is currently in the Aida ensemble and serves as a standby for the role of Amneris.

Auberjonois won a 1970 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in Coco. His other Broadway credits include The Good Doctor, Big River and City of Angels, all of which him earned Tony Award nominations.

Despite the fact that she already appears on RCA Victor's Broadway Divas recording, Dance of the Vampires will mark Murney's Broadway debut. She is best known for her work in the off-Broadway musicals The Wild Party, A Class Act and Time and Again.

Orbach was previously seen on Broadway in Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Dance of the Vampires will be his first Gotham stage appearance since he left The Producers and was replaced by Brad Oscar.

McCartney appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Her regional credits include Fifty Million Frenchmen, Paint Your Wagon and Sheboppin' . She also toured with Meatloaf as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show.

Price currently plays Pepper in Mamma Mia!. His other Broadway credits include The Rocky Horror Show , You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chicago and The Capeman.

Ken Mandelbaum first mentioned Somers for the production on June 14. He previously appeared on Broadway in The Rocky Horror Show. Somers also played Hedwig in the off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Dance of the Vampires, directed by John Rando and choreographed by John Carrafa, is scheduled to begin performances at the Minskoff Theatre on October 14. The new musical opens on November 21.

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