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Photo Flash: Lestat, Set for Broadway Previews on March 25

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has announced that their inaugural production for the Broadway stage, Lestat, will begin previews at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street) on Saturday, March 25, 2006, at 8pm, and open on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 6:30pm.

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 playing schedule for Lestat during previews is as follows: Monday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. Please note there will be no 2pm matinees on Wednesday, March 29, or Wednesday, April 26. There will be an added 2pm matinee on Friday, April 28. Tickets range from $35 to $110, and can be purchased through at (212) 307-4100. For more information, please visit

Photos by Paul Kolnik

Hugh Panaro--"From the Dead"

Allison Fischer and Hugh Panaro--"I Want More"

Hugh Panaro--"The Thirst"

Hugh Panaro--"Sail Me Away"

Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Anne Rice

Standing: Elton John and Robert Jess Roth; Seated: Bernie Taupin, Anne Rice and Linda Woolverton

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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