A Musical Comedy in 2 Acts. Music by Claire Strauch. Lyrics by John Jakes. Book by Bruce Ronald.
When the chorus opens the show singing, 'Transylvania after dark. Rather grim and rather ghoulish! Walking by yourself is foolish . . . " we know that we're in for an entertaining, if not fiendish, evening.
When Count Dracula sets out for England, intending to make the beautiful young Lucy his 93rd bride, Lucy's future looks pretty anaemic. Her principle defenders are Arthur, her milksop fiancé who is so proper that Lucy some times worries about him, and Van Helsing, the clumsy professor who is out to thwart the evil vampire.
An unexpected ally is the nurse who works in the sanatorium run by Dr. Seward, Lucy's guardian. The nurse, a tough and very good-looking chick, kind of digs that crazy Count Dracula. Count Dracula is a great exponent of the wisdom of evil, advising that, "The man who is pure is generally poor and frightfully sad, that's why it's good to be bad."
If you're looking for a fun musical that is easy to do, has lovely, singable music, clever lyrics and lots of modem box-office appeal, this should be just your thing.
Musical Numbers include
- Transylvanians After Dark - Transylvanians
- I'm Ready For Bigger Things - Dracula
- Our Sanitarium - Matron, Seward, Ensemble
- Good To Be Bad - Dracula, with Renfield
- A Little T - Nurse
- Count Dracula … of Transylvania
- Dr. Seward … who runs a sanitarium
- Nurse … Chief Nurse
- Renfield … a patient
- Lucy … Seward's ward
- Arthur … her fiancé
- Van Helsing … a professor
- Frank … a monster
- Harry … a werewolf
- Sylvia … a witch
- Transylvanian peasants, hospital matrons, bartender, barmaids, pub patrons, monsters
Scenes and settings
- Place: Transylvania and England
- Time - The present