Hearn, Birch among cast of new staging
Vampires haven’t worked on Broadway for years, according to conventional wisdom. But what about Off Broadway?A commercial staging of “Dracula,” the 1927 stage adaptation by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, will rise at Off Broadway’s Little Shubert in a run that stars Main Stem vet George Hearn, Thora Birch and Italian thesp Michel Altieri. Paul Alexander (“Edge”) helms the show, in which Altieri plays the title bloodsucker opposite Hearn (“La Cage aux Folles,” “Sweeney Todd”) as vampire-hunter Van Helsing. Birch (“American Beauty”) appears as Lucy, a woman who catches Dracula’s eye. Jake Silbermann (“As the World Turns”), Timothy Jerome (“Tarzan: The Broadway Movie”) and John Buffalo Mailer also are among the cast. “Dracula” was last on Broadway in a 1977 production that ran for more than two years. More recent stage outings for bloodsuckers, including tuners “Dance of the Vampires” and “Dracula,” were short-lived. Off Broadway incarnation is produced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, leading a team of individual commercial producers. Show is skedded for a limited run Dec. 14-March 13, with press opening set for Jan. 5.