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Drew Sarich Cast as Armand in Bway-Bound Lestat

Drew Sarich has been cast as the vampiric Armand in Lestat, the Broadway-bound Elton John-Bernie Taupin musical that is currently playing at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Lestat will open on Broadway on March 11th at the Palace Theatre.

At first Jack Noseworthy's understudy, Sarich has been playing the role since it was vacated by the actor. The creators of the musical let Noseworthy go in order "to take the character in a new direction," as director Robert Jess Roth stated.

Sarich will make his Broadway debut in Lestat, which is adapted from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles books. The actor, who has appeared off-Broadway in Tony n' Tina's Wedding, is a veteran of European productions of musicals, having appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin, Hair in Vienna and others.

Produced as the inaugural theatrical production of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Lestat will feature a score by Grammy Award-winning composer John (
The Lion King, Aida) and lyricist Taupin (a longtime songwriting collaborator of John's), and a book by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast).
Directed by Roth with musical staging by Matt West, the show will star Hugh Panaro in the blood-guzzling title role, Carolee Carmello as Gabrielle, Jack Noseworthy as Armand, Jim Stanek as Louis, Roderick Hill as Nicolas, Michael Genet as Marius and Allison Fischer as Claudia.

Lestat "is the romantic and heartbreaking story of the extraordinary journey of one man who escapes the tyranny of his oppressive family only to have his life taken from him. Thrust into the seductive and sensual world of an immortal vampire, Lestat sets out on a road of adventures in a quest for everlasting love and companionship but is forced to reconcile his innate sense of good with his primal need to exist," according to press notes.

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