If you want to know what's going on plot-wise, read the summary in the program before the show. Or just let the music/dance/theater collision unfold before you, you'll get the gist of it. The basic premise is this: Dracula enters our modern world (evidenced by the man-bun), observing these strange beings known as humans, his otherness apparent in the fact he's the only one not dancing (kind of like me at a dance party). His only friend is a crazy woman in an asylum (you can tell she's crazy because she has curly hair). Dracula disrupts a wedding by biting the bride (a vampire's gotta eat) and sets his sights on a married woman. But the jilted husbands and their friends don't understand that, like all of us, our Dracula just wants "Somebody to Love," and chase him down to the end.
Michael Hanna makes one creepy/sexy/cool vampire, who's also incredibly sympathetic. Although not dancing, he does have a powerful physical presence, and sings several of the songs with the band. He's such an expressive and captivating singer that it's nearly impossible to take your eyes off him. But do try, because there's some fantastic dancing to watch too. The talented company includes Renee Guittar as the object of Dracula's obsession, Tony Vierling as her square husband (both fresh off a thrilling A Chorus Line at the Ordway, along with Rush Benson), Jami Snively as the innocent bride turned wild vampire, Kevin Iverson as her sweet and confused husband, and choreographer Regina Peluso in a wildly gleeful performance as Dracula's crazy friend. Everyone in the ensemble creates a unique and specific character through dance, aided by the costumes that look like street clothes but still allow for movement.
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Through music, dance, and theater, this new original production of Dracula cast such a spell over me that walking out into the bright spring sunshine was a bit of a shock after spending time with its delicious darkness. With a run time of under 90 minutes including intermission, it's a fun and different form of entertainment that's accessible to theater-, music-, and dance-lovers alike. But only five performances remain, so make plans to head to the Ritz Theater (a theater I am falling more in love with as a performance space as companies make good use of its bones) in Northeast Minneapolis soon! (Discount tickets available on Goldstar.)
This article also appears on Broadway World Minneapolis.