The Curse

It sucks to be a singing vampire

It couldn’t happen to a better guy.

From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals?

This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels of Anne Rice. It follows Frank Wildhorn’s “Dracula: The Musical” (closed in 2004 after 157 perfs) and Jim Steinman’s “Dance of the Vampires” (closed in 2003 after 56 perfs).

In other words, three strikes in the heart and you’re really, really dead! Total tallyof losses for these three tuners came to well over $30 million, and unless “Lestat” has a quick turnaround at the box office, it looks to be all red ink.

Curiously, Broadway hasn’t always been inhospitable to vampires. The play “Dracula” put in 261 perfs during the 1927-28 season, shuttering at the start of summer, as most productions did in those pre-air-conditioned days. Then there was the Edward Gorey revival of “Dracula,” in 1977, which ran nearly 1,000 perfs.

Maybe the problem is oral. It’s just not possible to suck and sing at the same time.

More Legit

  • Colin Callender on 'Cursed Child' and

    Strictly Business Podcast: Colin Callender on 'Cursed Child' and Navigating Co-Productions

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

  • Patricia Morison Dead: 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Patricia Morison, Stage Star of 'Kiss Me, Kate,' Dies at 103

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

  • Prince Harry Meghan Markle

    Who's on the Royal Wedding Guest List?

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

  • In the Heights

    'In the Heights': Warner Bros. Wins Movie Rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

  • School of Rock

    'School of Rock' Captures the Heart and Soul of Messy Adolescence

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

  • From left, creators David Henry Hwang,

    David Henry Hwang Hopes Hillary Clinton Will See 'Soft Power'

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

  • LaChanze

    Stagecraft Podcast: LaChanze on 'Summer,' Tony Boosts and Dream Roles

    It couldn’t happen to a better guy. From “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to “Interview With the Vampire,” movie auds have turned bloodsuckers into stars. So why do these fiends fail when it comes to headlining Broadway musicals? This season, theatergoers witnessed yet another undead dud in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Lestat,” based on the novels […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content