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Dracula (Wildhorn) (2001)

Compositeur: Frank Wildhorn

Parolier: Christopher Hampton • Don Black

Librettiste: Christopher Hampton • Don Black

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

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. However, the Count notices a picture of Jonathan's fiancée Mina Murray, which seems to have a strange effect on him. Harker's stay in the remote castle is turning more and more into a nightmare. Harker manages to escape - after being bitten by his host - to Budapest. Mina travels to him and marries him, while Mina's friend Lucy is marrying Arthur in London.

In the meantime, Dracula has reached London and starts searching for victims. He contacts Renfield and promises him eternal life in exchange for his service. His first victim is Lucy, who dies soon after he bites her. Even the renowned vampire expert Van Helsing cannot help her anymore. Lucy, however, turns into a vampire herself and - with the assistance of Dr. Van Helsing - is killed by her former love interests, Quincey and Jack, in her tomb.

Mina feels a strange attraction to the Count. Torn between her fear and love, she eventually invites him to come in. Dracula lets her taste his blood, intending to turn her into a vampire as well. Later on, he has to escape from London, because the vampire hunters are closing in on him. His enemies follow him. They take Mina, who is connected to the Count telepathically, with them.

At the Count's Castle, the final showdown takes place. While the vampire hunters fight with an entire army of vampires, Mina now decides to follow her beloved Dracula into the darkness. But Dracula realizes that this should not be Mina's fate. He asks Mina to release him from his doomed existence. With tears running down her face, she fulfills her lover's last wish.

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Particularités

1 Dracula (Wildhorn) est une adaption à la scène d'une oeuvre littéraire</b>: Dracula (de Bram Stoker).

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The musical had its world premiere developmental engagement at La Jolla Playhouse from October 9 to November 25, 2001, starring Tom Hewitt in the title role. The musical, after several revisions and additional workshops premiered on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on August 19, 2004 and closed on January 2, 2005 after 157 performances and 22 previews. Directed by Des McAnuff, the choreography was by Mindy Cooper, the scenic design by Heidi Ettinger, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Howell Binkley orchestrations by Doug Besterman and special effects by Flying by Foy.[7] The musical starred Tom Hewitt, along with Melissa Errico as Mina. Darren Ritchie joined as Jonathan Harker, with Stephen McKinley Henderson as Van Helsing, and Chris Hoch as Arthur Holmwood. The show featured Don Stephenson as Renfield, and Kelli O'Hara as Lucy. Chuck Wagner was the standby for the roles of Dracula and Van Helsing. Elizabeth Loyacano was promoted to stand-by for Errico, after the role proved to be more demanding then it had been previously expected. She performed the role from September 7 through October 13. The original Catherine Zuber designed wardrobe is on display at the Costume World Broadway Collection in Pompano Beach, Florida.

After the show closed on January 2, 2005, the musical made its international debut at Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland, from April 23, 2005 to June 6, 2006. This was in a much revised form, with many changes that Wildhorn had reportedly wanted for Broadway. This version included 6 new songs, performed by a 40-piece orchestra and a European cast, led by Thomas Borchert.

The musical played an engagement at the Graz, Austria Summer Festival in August 2007, starring Thomas Borchert and Lyn Liechty. The show received several more revisions as well as a complete new orchestration by Koen Schoots and was considered a rave. This production was recorded.

The UK premiere of the musical took place in March 2010 at The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire. Produced by AV Productions the cast included Andy Vitolo as Dracula, Mairi Claire Connor as Mina, Mike Cosgrove as Van Helsing, Jeremy Clark as Jonathan Harker, Lucy Fellows as Lucy Westenra, Derek Winward as Arthur/Renfield and Phil Gwilliam as Dr Jack Seward, subsequent performances took place at The Lancaster Grand Theatre in September the same year.

The Canadian debut took place in October 2011 in Medicine Hat, Alberta at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Center. It was produced by Firehall Theater.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Songs (Broadway)
Act I
Prologue - Harker
A Quiet Life - Dracula
Over Whitby Bay - Harker & Mina
Jonathan's Bedroom - Harker
Forever Young - Vamp Brides
Fresh Blood - Dracula, Vamp brides & Harker
The Master's Song - Renfield
How Do You Choose? - Lucy, Mina, Arthur, Dr. Seward & Quincey
The Mist - Lucy
The Mist (Reprise) - Dracula
Modern World - Lucy, Mina, Arthur, Dr. Seward & Quincey
A Perfect Life - Mina
The Weddings - Mina, Harker, Arthur & Lucy
Nosferatu - Van Helsing
Prayer for the Dead - Van Helsing, Mina, Harker, Dr. Seward, Arthur, Quincey & Chorus
Life After Life - Dracula & Lucy

Act II
Undead one, Surrender - Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Arthur, Quincey & Chorus
The Heart is Slow to Learn - Mina
The Master's Song (Reprise)- Renfield & Dracula
If I Could Fly - Mina
Mina's seduction - Mina & Dracula
There's Always a Tomorrow - Dracula & Mina
Deep in the Darkest Night - Van Helsing, Arthur, Quincey & Dr. Seward
Before the Summer Ends - Harker
All is Dark/Life After Life (reprise)- Mina & Dracula
The Longer I Live - Dracula
Finale: There's Always a Tomorrow - Mina & Dracula

Songs (Austria)
Act I
Prologue - Vamp Brides
A Solitary Man - Dracula
Whitby Bay - Mina & Harker
Jonathan's Bedroom - Harker
Forever Young - Vamp Brides
Fresh Blood - Dracula, Vamp Brides & Harker
The Master's Song - Renfield
How Do You Choose? - Lucy, Mina, Arthur, Dr. Seward & Quincey
The Mist - Lucy
The Mist - reprise * - Dracula
A Perfect Life - Mina
Loving You Keeps Me Alive* - Mina, Harker & Dracula
Whitby bay (Reprise)* - Harker & Mina
The Weddings - Mina, Harker, Arthur & Lucy
The Invitation * - Lucy
Nosferatu * - Van Helsing
Prayer for the Dead - Van Helsing, Arthur, Dr. Seward, Quincey, Mina & Chorus
Life After Life - Dracula & Lucy

Act II
Undead One, Surrender * - Van Helsing, Arthur, Dr. Seward, Quincey & Harker
Please Don't Make Me Love You * - Mina
The Master's Song (Reprise) - Renfield & Dracula
Rosanne * (written specially for Uwe Kröger) - Van Helsing
If I Could Fly - Mina
The Seduction (There's Always a Tomorrow)- Dracula & Mina
It's Over * (written specially for Uwe Kröger and Thomas Borchert) - Dracula & Van Helsing
Jonathan's Promise * - Harker
Deep in the Darkest Night - Van Helsing, Quincey, Arthur, Dr. Seward, Mina & Harker
Before the Summer Ends - Harker
The Train Sequence (Life After Life-Reprise) - Dracula, Mina & Van Helsing
The Longer I Live - Dracula
Finale: There's Always a Tomorrow - Dracula & Mina

(* new songs added to the show in revised version)

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Quelques remarques

Musical theater critics have disliked Wildhorn musicals, and Dracula is no exception. Reviews were universally negative, referring to the lyrics as simply unoriginal and to the music as monotonous and derivative of both Andrew Lloyd Webber and Wildhorn's previous productions. Though this production was intended as a serious, dramatic interpretation of the source material, critics complained of a complete lack of emotion in general, and of suspense and horror in particular. Also, while the plot of the musical hits all the major points of Stoker's novel, it does so in such an obtuse way that audience members unfamiliar with the story may find themselves unable to comprehend the action.

However the new, revised version, that opened in Graz, Austria, in the Summer of 2007 was very successful among critics and audiences. The version of the show licensed by Music Theatre International is based on this production. A Cast Recording was released in 2008 and was a huge hit in the sale charts.

 

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Versions majeures de Dracula (Wildhorn)

Version 1

Dracula (Wildhorn) (2001-10-La Jolla Playhouse-San Diego) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 13 octobre 2001
Première : dimanche 21 octobre 2001
Dernière : dimanche 25 novembre 2001
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie :
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Version 2

Dracula (Wildhorn) (2004-08-Belasco Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 22 previews - 157 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 30 juillet 2004
Première : jeudi 19 août 2004
Dernière : dimanche 02 janvier 2005
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Mindy Cooper
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Version 3

Dracula (Wildhorn) (2005-04-Stadttheater-St. Gallen) (Revival)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 23 avril 2005
Première : samedi 23 avril 2005
Dernière : mercredi 29 juin 2005
Mise en scène : Matthias Davids
Chorégraphie : Kurt Schrepfer
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Version 4

Dracula (Wildhorn) (2007-08-Kasemattenbühne-Graz) (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre : 1 previews - 12 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 08 août 2007
Première : jeudi 09 août 2007
Dernière : dimanche 26 août 2007
Mise en scène : Andreas Gergen
Chorégraphie : Michael Reardon
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