ELTON JOHN'S VAMPIRE LESTAT
You'd think that after DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES (the stage version of Roman Polanski's THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS) failed and made its backers eat a $12-million loss, Broadway would be pretty gun shy about all things fanged and bloodthirsty, but think again. CNN is reporting that Anne Rice's THE VAMPIRE LESTAT is heading to Broadway now with longtime collaborators Elton John (that's SIR Elton John to you) and Bernie Taupin in the driver's seat. John, no stranger to Broadway as his LION KING and AIDA shows have been monster successes, is apparently a big fan of the Anne Rice novels and is looking to be done with everything by September so they can 'have a read-through in November.'
The musical will be called THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, but will be based on the first three novels of the VAMPIRE CHRONICLES?INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED. Linda Woolverton, who adapted BEAUTY AND THE BEAST for the stage, will adapt the books, and the show will be helmed by BEAUTY'S director, Robert Jess Roth. Warner Bros., the studio behind the two film versions of the books, will produce the project in hopes of mirroring the success that Disney has had on the Great White Way. This production looks to steer clear of the typical vampire clich?and be 'free of gothic excess.'
Courtesy of Fangoria