October contains Halloween, and as a result theatre-goers with a taste for the gothic can look forward to productions of Dracula. These vary from the Balderson-Deane classic (which made Bela Lugosi famous) to such fresh takes as last year’s “feminist” version or an adaptation on roller skates or for that matter more than a few…Continue readingNew Dracula in LA
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
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
Yet another live version of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s classic is on its way to the boards! We’ve covered other stage productions of Carmilla in the past, including that of Chicago’s Wildclaw Theatre and even a Canadian high school‘s version. Now another struggles its way to the stage in front of a live audience. The venue…Continue readingNew Carmilla On The Way
Most fans of the blood-drinking undead agree John Ajvide Lindqvist created a modern classic with his novel Let The Right One In. His eerie, troubling and somehow sweet story of a lonely bullied child who finds friendship, maybe even love, with a vampire who moves next door became a best-seller. Lindqvist himself wrote the screenplay…Continue readingLet The Right One In Redux!
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