Let’s take a look back at Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula on Broadway, which opened today in 2004. Dracula, the Musical is, of course, based on Bram Stoker’s original Victorian novel. The show, with a score by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernell), lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard) had its regional premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2001, it then premiered on Broadway in 2004. It starred Tom Hewitt as the Count and Melissa Errico as Mina. This technology riddled show received painful reviews, and ran only 154 performances. A brief nude scene in which Dracula seduces Lucy Western (played by newcomer Kelli O’Hara) did receive much publicity, as did the show’s numerous and spectacular special effects (that worked… most of the time). It was no surprise that the show later had a successful life in Germany and Austria, as do many of Wildhorn’s shows. Some good elements to the score do exist, take a moment for yourself to see if you think Dracula the Musical is as scary as critics believed!
Click below to watch Kelli O’ Hara (scene 3) in a clip from Broadway’s Dracula the Musical: