From Phantom to Vampire


The New York Sun - Weekend Edition -- Oct. 4-6, 2002

Audiences loved Michael Crawford in the lead of "Phantom Of The Opera," for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics' Circle Awards and, in London, the Oliver Award. Now in rehearsals of "Dance Of The Vampires" to open on Broadway's Minskoff Theatre on November 21, Mr. Crawford sat over coffee with journalists and guests in a studio rehearsal room on West 42nd Street. He spoke of his new vampire role - he plays Count von Krolock, a 19th century vampire whose passion is to win over beautiful Sarah, played by Mandy Gonzalez.

After listening to Mr. Crawford sing his major song, "Invitation To The Ball," a vocally demanding ballad, the Sun asked him how he planned to sustain his voice for the run of the musical. "With plenty of rest!" he replied, adding, "Oh, yes, and with many vitamins and by singing with proper breath control."

Obie award-winning Ms. Gonzalez said, "I've learned so much from Michael. Mainly how to stay focused." Ms. Gonzalez said she sang around the house since she was two years old. In fact, so much so that her family made a rule, "No singing at the dinner table." Her grandmother was concerned she would ruin her voice with so much singing, so, as an 8 year-old she was sent to voice classes in her home town of Valencia, California. This started her on her journey to a musical career.




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