Lestat opens today
By Amy Somensky Apr 25, 2006, 1:16 GMT
Hugh Panaro and Allison Fischer in Lestat. Photo by Paul Kolnik
New York: After a few setbacks, Lestat opens today at Broadway's Palace Theater.
First Jack Noseworthy, originally set to play Armand, decided to leave the production because the creative team decided to take the character in a new direction. Then, after less than stellar reviews during its San Francisco engagement, the start of previews on Broadway were delayed to give the creative team more time to work on the show. This pushed the opening date back by almost two weeks.
So now the musical opens, with hopefully all the kinks worked out. Starring is Hugh Panaro, Carolee Carmello, Drew Sarich, Jim Stanek, Roderick Hill, Michael Genet and Allison Fischer.
Lestat features a book by Linda Woolverton, lyrics by Bernie Taupin, music by Elton John, and direction by Robert Jess Roth. The creative team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Susan Hilferty, and lighting design by Kenneth Posner.
The musical is the romantic and heartbreaking story of the extraordinary journey of one man who escapes the tyranny of his oppressive family only to have his life taken from him. Thrust into the seductive and sensual world of an immortal vampire, Lestat sets out on a road of adventures in a quest for everlasting love and companionship but is forced to reconcile his innate sense of good with his primal need to exist.