Vamp tuner pushed back by two weeks
It’ll take a little longer for “Lestat” to rise.In the wake of the critical staking the Elton John vampire tuner earned from its recent San Francisco tryout, the production has pushed back its Broadway previews and opening night by about two weeks. Musical’s first perf shifts from March 11 to March 25, and its opening from April 13 to April 25, in order to accommodate changes anticipated by the creatives. Choreographer Jonathan Butterell (“The Light in the Piazza,” “Assassins”) has come aboard as creative consultant for the production. He joins tunesmiths John and Bernie Taupin, book writer Linda Woolverton (“Aida”), and director Robert Jess Roth (“Beauty and the Beast”) in attempting to shape up the show. They aim to streamline the story, especially in the first act, and potentially incorporate at least one new song. Announcement of new dates rep a step toward silencing chatter that “Lestat” is doomed not to make it to Broadway. The production begins rehearsals Monday in Gotham. And despite the critical drubbing, the San Fran engagement posted strong sales for a world preem tuner in the city, grossing $4,315,293 over a six-week run.
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