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Critics pour scorn, cliches on NY vampire musical
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2006-04-26T161821Z_01_N26406693_RTRUKOC_0_US-LEISURE-LESTAT.xml&rpc=22 ^

Posted on 04/26/2006 11:39:37 AM PDT by frogjerk

By Claudia Parsons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The third vampire musical to try its luck on Broadway in four years drew all the familiar puns in scathing reviews Thursday that said "Lestat" was "bloody awful," "sucked of life" and the "kiss of death."

"Lestat" was Hollywood studio Warner Bros.' first attempt to challenge Disney's dominance of the mass-market musical genre, reportedly with a budget of up to $12 million. Based on Anne Rice's vampire novels, the show features songs by Elton John and his writing partner, Bernie Taupin.

Expectations had been low after a critically savaged trial run in San Francisco. History was also against "Lestat" after the failure of two previous vampire musicals, "Dance of the Vampires" in 2002 and "Dracula, the Musical" in 2004.

In a review headlined "Vampires, the musical kiss of death," The Washington Post's Peter Marks said the fixation with singing vampires had to stop. "Give the bloodsucker a ballad, and it's his show that joins the walking dead."

"The only thing distinguishing this musical from its late, unlamented predecessors is that the lead vampires play for the, er, other team," he said. "'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."

The New York Post's verdict was "Bloody Awful" and Newark, New Jersey's The Star-Ledger said it was "just deadly."

The plot, from Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" books, follows the 18th century Frenchman Lestat, who is bitten by a vampire after slaughtering a pack of wolves. The books were made into a hit film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994.

'CLAUDIA HAS TWO DADDIES' Continued...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: annerice; bloodyhorrible; eltonjohn; play; vampire

1 posted on 04/26/2006 11:39:39 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: frogjerk

It bites.


2 posted on 04/26/2006 11:40:20 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: Kenny Bunkport

Apparently it sucks too...


3 posted on 04/26/2006 11:41:09 AM PDT by pgyanke (Christ has a tolerance for sinners; liberals have a tolerance for sin.)
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To: Kenny Bunkport

"It sucked the life out of me"


4 posted on 04/26/2006 11:41:33 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

The curtain's coming down fast....


5 posted on 04/26/2006 11:42:27 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Ciexyz

Put a stake in it.


6 posted on 04/26/2006 11:43:32 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: windcliff

ping


7 posted on 04/26/2006 11:43:46 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: frogjerk
My wife and I were actually planning to see it this summer.. I know I know.. don't say it...
8 posted on 04/26/2006 11:44:43 AM PDT by mnehring (My Ramblings- http://abaraxas.blogspot.com)
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To: frogjerk

Shine some light on this stinking corpse, and let it vaporize in the light of day!


9 posted on 04/26/2006 11:44:50 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: SeaDragon

OMG, what have they done to my Lestat?!

Horrors!


10 posted on 04/26/2006 11:45:23 AM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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To: frogjerk

Dark & ironic musicals. We've had a few since The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I really think it's a terrible combination.

The word went out that after 9/11 Hollywood would turn away from irony. Unfortunately, they did so for only about two weeks, before it was back to the old postmodernist stand.

How about we have some real heroes and heroines? Some good guys winning and getting married at the end? Evil villains defeated? Harmony, clarity, and good time had by all. A few sad songs can come in the middle, when things look dark, but not at the end, please.


11 posted on 04/26/2006 11:46:02 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: pgyanke

With a lead pillow biting vampire... apparrently in more ways than one..


12 posted on 04/26/2006 11:46:31 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: frogjerk

Should gone with that "Brokeback Frankenstein" script, I guess.


13 posted on 04/26/2006 11:46:41 AM PDT by heldmyw
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To: heldmyw
Should gone with that "Brokeback Frankenstein" script, I guess.

Good one...or rather "BROKEBACK DRACULA"

14 posted on 04/26/2006 11:47:37 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: heldmyw

"BROKEBACULA"


15 posted on 04/26/2006 11:48:16 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: HamiltonJay

Why did the vampire enjoy ballroom dancing? ... He could really get into the vaultz


16 posted on 04/26/2006 11:49:42 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk
LESTAT... it really bites!

P.S. They made the head vampire a homo too!

17 posted on 04/26/2006 11:50:34 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Cicero
"'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."

Once again, the Arts serve up a steaming bowl of perversion, and wonder why they can't even get artsy gothics to attend. (That, and the show certainly stunk as well.)

18 posted on 04/26/2006 11:57:45 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: Rummyfan

They probably took it to the extreme but Anne Rice wrote vampires as if they were gay, heterosexual, multi-sexual, whatever!
Before they were turned to the dark side there was a gay erotica theme to the male characters. Then once they were "undead" they were attracted by anything aesthetically pleasing though their normal body functions no longer worked. Then they could only dream of the good old days of drunken abhorrent behavior.
PS- I am still LOL over Brokebacula :)


19 posted on 04/26/2006 11:59:03 AM PDT by JerseyDvl ("Consensus is the absence of leadership" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: frogjerk
The New York Post's verdict was "Bloody Awful"

Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan at NY Post.

20 posted on 04/26/2006 11:59:07 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain)
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To: frogjerk

BUTTCRACKULA


21 posted on 04/26/2006 12:02:53 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
BUTTCRACKULA

HA!

22 posted on 04/26/2006 12:21:18 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
BUTTCRACKULA

The only way to kill BUTTCRACKULA is to drive a stake right up his....well, let's keep this a semi-decent thread.

23 posted on 04/26/2006 12:23:49 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

Even "Buffy" switched from vampires to demons for her musical episode. Maybe it's impossible to hit the high notes with those fake fangs in your mouth?


24 posted on 04/26/2006 1:38:42 PM PDT by Norman Conquest (My old man taught me two things: Mind own business, and always cut cards.)
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Fangs for the memories. Will this musical ever see the light of day?


25 posted on 04/26/2006 1:42:09 PM PDT by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: frogjerk

Well this surprises me. I thought the world was crying out for another musical about angst ridden homosexuals (un)dying of blood born causes.


26 posted on 04/26/2006 4:15:35 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: frogjerk
"The only thing distinguishing this musical from its late, unlamented predecessors is that the lead vampires play for the, er, other team," he said. "'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."

Ooooh...that's gonna leave a mark.

27 posted on 04/26/2006 6:09:15 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Pharmboy

They also savaged Three Penny Opera...


28 posted on 04/26/2006 6:10:08 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: frogjerk
Buffy The Vampire Slayer musical worked, after a fashion. The Broadway retreads just plain suck.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

29 posted on 04/26/2006 6:10:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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