Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

Sunday, November 6, 2011
4:30-6:00 pm

Dracula

Jonathan Harker, a young lawyer from England, travels to Transylvania in order to fix a deal with Count Dracula, who wants to buy a home in London. This simple premise starts off that very first of the modern vampires in Irish author Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And composer Frank Wildhorn, with lyricists Don Black and Christopher Hampton, has made Dracula sing in their 2001 production of Dracula. It made its official Broadway debut in 2004 and the critics hated it, but then the critics seem to consistently hate Frank Wildhorn’s work. So we’ll ignore the critics and listen as Jonathan and Van Helsling fight for Mina’s life.

Music: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Basis Dracula by Bram Stoker

Frank Wildhorn’s first big break was with his musical Jekyll and Hyde, based upon another frightening novel. Here’s a couple of songs from the concept album.

And to finish the time, here's the theme music for that most famous of the modern vampire hunters -- Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

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