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Photo Coverage: Opening Night of Lestat

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Lestat, the inaugural production of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, opened on Tuesday, April 25th at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street).

Inspired by Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, Lestat is the first theatrical score from the legendary songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin; the show has a book by Linda Woolverton, and is directed by Robert Jess Roth with musical staging by Matt West. Jonathan Butterell serves as creative consultant. Lestat stars Hugh Panaro in the title role, Carolee Carmello as Gabrielle, Drew Sarich as Armand, Jim Stanek as Louis, Roderick Hill as Nicolas, Michael Genet as Marius and Allison Fischer as Claudia in a cast of 21.

The new playing schedule for Lestat beginning Monday, May 1, is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets range from $35 to $110, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com at (212) 307-4100. For more information, please visit www.lestat.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


Constantine Maroulis


Eric McCormack


Kelli and Rosie O'Donnell


Anne Rice and son Christopher Rice


Bernie Taupin, Anne Rice and Robert Jess Roth (director)


David Furnish and Elton John


Jon Bon Jovi


Lorraine Bracco


Rob Thomas


Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford


Jewel


Star Jones


Jai Rodriguez


Rachel York


Hugh Panaro


Drew Sarich, Hugh Panaro and Carolee Carmello


Bernie Taupin, Linda Woolverton and Robert Jess Roth come onstage


Bernie Taupin, Elton John, Linda Woolverton and Anne Rice with the cast of Lestat


Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Linda Woolverton, Anne Rice, Robert Jess Roth and the cast of Lestat


Elton John and Anne Rice


Anne Rice


Robert Jess Roth


Hugh Panaro


Chris Peluso and Tommar Wilson


Drew Sarich


Jim Stanek


Gregg Edelman, Carolee Carmello and family


Carolee Carmello


Amy Sparrow and Allison Fischer


Elton John and David Furnish


Roderick Hill







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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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