Auberjonois Sinks His Teeth Into BroadwayBy Caillan
May 31, 2002 - 5:56 PM
Tony Award-winner René Auberjonois (Odo) will return to Broadway later this year in the musical spoof 'Dance of the Vampires.'
Auberjonois will play absent-minded Professor Abronsius in the horror send-up, according to ReneFiles.com. The musical, which stars Tony Award-winner Michael Crawford in the lead role of Count Von Krolock, will open at the Minskoff Theatre on November 21.
Based on the 1967 Roman Polanski film 'The Fearless Vampire Killers,' the musical is set in a Transylvanian village during the 1880s. Vampire-hunter Abronsius and his dimwitted assistant Alfred arrive at the village searching for vampires, but Alfred falls in love with the beautiful innkeeper's daughter, who he must save from the clutches of Count Von Krolock.
Music and lyrics have been composed by Grammy-Award winner Jim Steinmann, who wrote the book together with David Ives and the original German playwright, Michael Kunz. John Rando will direct the musical, with choreography by John Carrafa.
Auberjonois has appeared in numerous Broadway plays and musicals, scoring Tony nominations for 'The Good Doctor,' 'Big River,' and 'City of Angels.' In 1970, he won a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye in 'Coco.'