Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Lestat Opens on Broadway Tonight
It's been 12 years since Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" opened in movie theatres. Tonight, Lestat, the much-anticipated Sir Elton John-Bernie Taupin collaboration on the Broadway musical version opens at the Palace Theatre, which was home to Sir Elton's last New York production, Aida. Despite being denied a 2000 Tony nomination for Best Musical, Aida earned Elton John his first Tony for Best Original Score (he was previously nominated for his work on The Lion King in 1998).
What should be noted on Lestat is that the John-Taupin collaboration went into high gear after a less-than-celebrated world premiere in San Francisco at the close of 2005. The hit songwriting duo -- who had never previously worked together on a stage effort -- were forced back to the drawing board to rework Rice's novel. With three bona fide stage hits under Sir Elton's belt already (Aida, The Lion King and Billy Elliot - The Musical, the amazing retelling of the 2000 British film that currently may only be seen at London's Victoria Palace Theatre), can his proven flair for musical staging be reaffirmed once again? We'll see what the critics say tomorrow morning!
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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Critics Sink Their Teeth Into Lestat (April 26, 2006)