Dracula: The Musical?

by  Rick Abbot

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

This delightful spoof of the classic horror tale is an unparalleled romp from start to finish.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adventure, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

At its New York City premiere, patrons stood in line in a blizzard for tickets. At its Australian premiere, every seat for every performance was sold, and one critic noted, "The performance was one of the most enjoyable I've seen [...] My only other experience of the Dracula play [...] was the one that Sir Robert Helpmann directed [...] I can honestly say I enjoyed this one much more. It exhibited a superb sense of humor." Melodic, rollicking, and hilarious, the show is also an economist's dream: one set, startling but simple special effects, and piano-only accompaniment. This delightful spoof of the classic horror tale is an unparalleled romp from start to finish. The author here unveils his merits as a superbly adept composer, to the joy of performers and audiences worldwide.
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Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Flying Flying

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The Seward family madhouse, a short gallop from London, during the mid-1800s.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 4f
DR. SAM SEWARD - genial proprietor of a madhouse.
MINA SEWARD - the doctor's discontented daughter.
SOPHIA SEWARD - Mina's mother and Sam's spouse.
BUBU PADOOP - a frisky friend of the family.
NELLY NORTON - the maid at the madhouse.
BORIS RENFIELD - one of Sam's peculiar patients.
DR. VAN HELSING - a stalwart exterminator.
COUNT DRACULA - a newcomer to the neighborhood.
JONATHAN HARKER - a mysteriously missing realtor.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

A large cast version of this show with full chorus in addition to the principals, plus four additional musical numbers and one additional sub set (a crypt).

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10 Piano/Conductor Scores

Large cast addendum available upon request.

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Authors

Rick Abbot

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college wi ...

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