Photo Coverage: Opening Night of Lestat

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 at (212) 307-4100. For more information, please visit

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


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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