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 Post subject: 'The Vampire Lestat' By Elton John and Bernie Taupin
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2003 1:31 pm 
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Elton John and Bernie Taupin go to bat in staging of 'Vampire Lestat'

BY DEEPTI HAJELA, Chicago Sun-Times

NEW YORK--No capes, no crosses and definitely no tap-dancing vampires.
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 Post subject: Re: 'The Vampire Lestat' By Elton John and Bernie Taupin
PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2003 8:56 am 
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Vampires to Broadway
Baltimore Sun, Sunspot.net
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Longtime musical collaborators Elton John and Bernie Taupin are planning to bring The Vampire Lestat to Broadway, and they promise a production free of gothic excess.
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'Vampire-free' Rice can't wait to hear sounds of 'Lestat'
by KAREN D'SOUZA for the Knight Ridder News Service

Woolverton (who also wrote the book for the musical adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast") and Taupin holed themselves up in a Las Vegas hotel room for several days to pound out a rough draft of "Lestat."

John crafted the music in 10 days. Though he and Taupin are best-known for their pop music hits ("Candle in the Wind," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"), John also is a musical theater heavyweight at this point in his career with the scores for "The Lion King" and "Aida."

All three say they are committed to looking beneath the vampire's twisted visage to find a human face.

published: : January 10, 2006
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Critics bite Elton vamp show
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However, excoriating reviews have sent executives from Warner Brothers, which is bankrolling the show, back to the drawing board. John has been asked to write new songs after criticism that the existing score is dreary and banal.

published: January 23, 2006
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Musical demands a revamp
by MICHAEL KAHN for the Sydney Morning Herald

Can a musical about vampires - with music by Elton John - rise from the dead after reviewers called it lifeless, dreary and dull?

published: February 7, 2006
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Critics pour scorn, cliches on NY vampire musical
in the NZ Herald

"Lestat's contribution to art and equality is demonstrating that a gay vampire with a two-octave range can be just as dull as a straight one."

published: April 27, 2006
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Elton John’s vampire musical closes
From The Stage

Elton John’s latest Broadway musical Lestat will close on May 28 after a run of barely two months.

Starring Hugh Panaro and Carolee Carmello and boasting a cast of 21, the show took its inspiration from the hugely popular Vampire Chronicles series of novels by Anne Rice. When the production closes, it will have played 39 performances and 33 previews. The show was produced by Warner Brother’s Theatre Ventures Group and marks its first foray on Broadway.

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A Ludicrous, Lifeless `Lestat'
by MALCOLM JOHNSON, special to the Hartford Courant

It soon becomes clear that Sir Elton, who also composed music for two Broadway hits "The Lion King" and "Aida," and for the London smash "Billy Elliott," has now attempted to work in the musical idiom of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

published: April 26, 2006
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