Vampire musicals are not unknown. In fact, seems fairly easy to think of an actual fistful of titles, from I Kissed a Vampire to Tanz der Vampires or the famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Musical versions of Dracula as well as Carmilla have either been staged or are on their way. Ditto…Continue readingThe Red Moon
Several play versions of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu‘s classic novella exist, from the Wildclaw Theater‘s grand guignol adaptation to recent musical in development and even one penned by yours truly. There’s one particular version that has seen several different productions in the United Kingdom since its premiere in the 1970s–that of David Campton (who also wrote…Continue readingDavid Campton’s “Carmilla”
A few weeks ago, a staged reading of a new musical took place for one afternoon only. Based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu‘s gothic classic of vampires and sapphic love, Carmilla was penned by the same man who also wrote a three character musical based on Marie Antoinette. I had the good fortune to interview…Continue readingCarmilla Musical on Its Way?
It began with a novel ten years ago. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Obviously a Jim Morrisey fan. The novel became a bestseller, was marketed abroad under the English title Let Me In. Set in the Swedish suburb of Blackeberg, it tells of a very unusual friendship between two extremely lonely…Continue readingLet The Right One In Coming to NYC
In the region of greater Los Angeles known as NoHo a black box theatre known as Zombie Joe’s makes its home. They do a variety of plays there, many original as well as solid sprinkling of classics. A new show opened this last weekend, a one-act musical that includes no less than five vampires in…Continue readingReview of Not With Monsters
Vampires and Oscar Wilde seem like they should go together when you think on it. Not something I really had thought about very much. True, Wilde woo’d in his youth the icily beautiful young woman who eventually married Bram Stoker. One cannot also but think Wilde and Lestat might have gotten along fabulously. If vampires…Continue readingOscar Wilde’s Vampire Play
March 2011 sees the third adaptation of John Ajvide Linqvist’s “Let The Right One In” appear before audiences, in nearly as many years. First was the much-acclaimed motion picture for which Linqvist wrote the screenplay. Next was the controversial but generally applauded American adaptation, transplanting the story from Sweden to New Mexico, “Let Me In.”…Continue reading“Let The Right One In” On Stage
Imagine yourself in a bleak, timeworn theater. Picture yourself walking down the dull dismal aisle, shadows overtaking the light, thick aged draperies hanging on the peeling cracked walls… keep walking, row after row until you get to your creaking seat. The theater is quiet enough to hear the dead, the lights dim and a chill…Continue readingThe Grand Guignol