Just last week the New York Times had given a withering review of the latest production of Dracula, having opened at the Little Schubert Theater last Wednesday. I confess I thought the review a bit harsh, but from Mr. Isherwood’s description the production did seem insipid; Isherwood has fine judgement, I take him at his word.
Evidently so did those that matter, for in today’s paper we are informed the curtain has closed.
Isherwood made the point of remembering with fondness that earlier incarnation of the Undead Count, the 1977 Broadway revival of Hamilton Deane and John Balderstone’s play based upon the Stoker novel which had first opened in 1927.
The 1977 production that so many remember, starred the very dashing Frank Langella ,with costumes and sets by Edward Gorey.
I always loved how Gorey’s magic both enhanced the spookiness and poked fun at our fear.
I must say with the passage of time I had forgotten how good looking Langella was, how romantic his interpretation, and the intense charm of Gorey’s design work.
I thank Mr. Isherwood for the reminder.
I confess I never had the chance as a boy to see the Broadway production, but I was able to see Langella in the title role in the 1979 film version. I doubt it compared to the Gorey confection but I was still swept away; I am from New Jersey after all.
Although hardly original ,I close with that bit of Gorey we all probably know and I dare say, all love.
Thank you Mr.Gorey
d. 15th April 2000
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