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The Roxy Regional Theatre is currently staging their adaptation of Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula the Musical as their Halloween production. The show is loosely based on the 1897 horror novel by Bram Stoker, and is directed by Tom Thayer.
The music is the first thing to come to mind when thinking about this show. There are 27 songs that comprise the production. The actors sing each number with power and feeling. This musical is chock full of dark subject matter, and the songs contain just enough humor to keep it from being overwhelming. Stand out numbers include Whitby Bay, The Master’s Song, Man of Woman Born, and It’s over.
The casting again is just about perfect. Justin Barnum has been a standout actor and a great singer since I first saw him in Miss Saigon. In Dracula he successfully brings the undead to life. Van Helsing is a man with a problem, he played by Keith Patrick McCoy who is an intense young man with a booming voice. Renfield (Ryan Dawley), Dracula’s minion is in an insane asylum, yet he is nonetheless a major element in the show.
The Vampire Girls (Lisa MacAfee, Lia Sumerano, Kendall Anne Thompson) with their haunting vocals are charged with setting the atmosphere for the performance. At times they were downright unearthly. One of the Vampire girls who was killed at the opening of the show, was in love with Van Helsing, setting him on his collision course with Dracula.
The women who drive the show are Mina Murray (Joanna Carpenter) who is Jonathan Harker’s fiance, and Lucy Westenra (Laura Lynne Tapper) Mina’s best friend, Lucy is being courted by three young men (Nate Washburn, Travis Kendrick, and Michael Hadary), and after she is taken by Dracula that leads them to join forces with Van Helsing to hunt him down.
I loved the set, it easily morphed from a luxurious castle to an insane asylum, to a train car, each time providing the ability for Dracula to rise above the action. The set was enhanced by the lighting which was done in vivid colors and various textures including the use of moving video projected on an opaque screen at the start of the show.
Tom Thayer and Thad Wallus join forces once again to provide the musical accompaniment which easily shifts from soaring emotional highs to subtle sensual moments.
While Dracula the Musical retains the dark character of Bram Stoker’s masterpiece, it is at heart a romance, an unearthly creature finds that he still has a heart, as he desperately seeks the one thing that makes life worth living; love!
There are some moments which are sensual in nature so the performance should be considered PG-13, however children would likely see much worse on prime time television.
Some of you may have seen a harsh review of the Roxy Production of Dracula the Musical written by the Leaf Chronicle, sometimes critics make the mistake of thinking they have to be hypercritical and nitpick every little thing they can find, while every day people can go and enjoy a good show!
In the end it comes down to a simple question, was seeing the show worth the price that you paid for admission? In my opinion in this case that answer is a resounding yes!
The show runs from October 8th through the 30th. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for age 13 and under. This is the perfect Halloween show for you to enjoy alone, or with your family; so do yourself a favor, and see this thoroughly enjoyable show.
The Roxy Regional Center for the Arts
The Roxy is currently conducting a fund raising drive in order to convince 1000 people to donate at least $1000 each. This would raise the $1,000,000 needed to kick off the next phase of the construction on the Roxy Regional Center for the Arts. They are reaching out to the community through phone-a-thons by actors, board members, and through well connected community members to reach their goal of 1,000 donors.
According to their Prospectus for the Roxy Regional Center for the Arts.
The new center will feature:
If you are interested in donating to help them reach their goal, contact the Roxy Regional Theater via email at email@example.com or by telephone at (931) 645-7699.
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Topicsand Michael Hadary, Bram Stoker, Dracula: The Musical, Frank Wildhorn, Joanna Carpenter, Justin Barnum, Keith Patrick McCoy, Kendall Anne Thompson, Laura Lynne Tapper, Lia Sumerano, Lisa MacAfee, Nate Washburn, Roxy Regional Theatre, Ryan Dawley, Thad Wallus, The Leaf Chronicle, Tom Thayer, Travis Kendrick
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