Rice novel getting musical treatment

VIENNA — The management of Vienna’s Theater an der Wien has teamed Polish director Roman Polanski, American composer Jim Steinman and Austrian lyricist Michael Kunze for a musical adaptation of the Anne Rice novel “Interview With a Vampire.”

The musical, retitled “Dance of the Vampire,” is scheduled for an October opening at the Raimund Theater in Vi-enna.

Rudi Klausnitzer, director of the Theater an der Wien and its two sister theaters, told Daily Variety that an international cast will be sought during auditions in February and March. Once the production is in place, Klausnitzer plans to start discussions on productions in London and New York.

Polanski’s last stage venture was the Paris production of “Master Class.” Steinman, better known as a rock composer, served as lyricist for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind.” Kunze penned the libretto for the longrunning Viennese hit musical “Elisabeth.”

The new musical’s title recalls Polanski’s 1967 “Dance of the Vampires,” which he directed and starred in; the pic was retitled “Fearless Vampire Killers” for its initial U.S. release.

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