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Photo Flash: Pre-Broadway Engagement of Lestat

BroadwayWorld shares with you publicity photos from the pre-Broadway tryout production of Lestat, a new musical featuring the music of Elton John the lyrics of Bernie Taupin, and a book by Linda Woolverton. Lestat is based on Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. Previews began at the Curran Theatre on Dec. 17, and the production officially opens on Jan. 8.

Directed by Robert Jess Roth with musical staging by Matt West, Lestat stars Hugh Panaro in the title role, Carolee Carmello as Gabrielle, Jim Stanek as Louis, Roderick Hill as Nicolas, Michael Genet as Marius and Allison Fischer as Claudia.

Lestat has scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jonathan Deans, hair design by Tom Watson, with a visual concept design by David McKean. Lestat has orchestrations by Steve Margoshes, with musical supervision by Guy Babylon, musical direction by Brad Haak, and vocal arrangements by Todd Ellison. The cast of sixteen also features Rachel Coloff, Nikki Renee Daniels, Joseph Dellger, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Megan Reinking, Drew Sarich, Amy Sparrow, Will Swenson, Steve Wilson and Tommar Wilson.

Announced today was Jack Noseworthy's departure from the production (he appears in one photo). He had been playing the vampire Armand.

Hugh Panaro (Lestat)
"From The Dead"
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Hugh Panaro at center (Lestat) and company
"Welcome to the New World"
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Carolee Carmello (Gabrielle) and Hugh Panaro (Lestat)
"The Crimson Kiss"
Photo by Paul Kolnik 

Hugh Panaro (Lestat)
"Sail Me Away"
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Allison Fischer (Claudia) and Hugh Panaro (Lestat)
"I Want More"
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Lestat will begin previews in New York at the Palace Theater on March 11, with an official opening on April 13. Tickets are currently on sale for both the San Francisco and Broadway engagements. For more information, go to or

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