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The Concept Album Cast of 'Dracula', the musical

Dracula is the new musical by Gareth Evans and Christopher J. Orton, with orchestration by Ian Lynn. The musical is an adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel, 'Dracula'.
This collaborative work accurately represents the dark Victorian world of Stoker's novel whilst making a direct connection between the fictional vampire and historic figure, Vlad Tepes - Dracula. The libretto has been deliberately written with due consideration to the period and intention of the original 1897 novel.

* Dracula Musical Film Production - Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. is currently offering an investment opportunity for the Film Production of the musical, Dracula, by Evans, Orton & Lynn.

Investment is sought for the Film version of this original musical work of Stoker’s novel, Dracula - We have scheduled this new work, as an ‘in-house’ film production, for 2012-2013. An award winning director / screenwriter is currently writing the screenplay.

 

The Concept Album Cast of 'Dracula', the musical adapted from Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel

Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. presents 'Dracula', the musical adapted from Bram Stoker's novel

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Michael McCarthy -

Stephanie Benavente -

Robert Fardell -

Kit Orton -

Alison Guill -

John Barr -

Christian Jon Billett -

Alex Sangster -

Steven Sparling -

Dracula

Mina

Van Helsing

Harker

Lucy

Renfield

Holmwood

Seward

Morris

Ensemble / Chorus: Deborah Crowe, Stephanie Evans, Claire Falconer, Ian Lynn, Christopher Orton,

Alex Sangster, Steven Sparling, Anna-Lee Robertson

The Dracula Musical Concept Album Cast at work in the studio

Michael McCarthy - Dracula

Michael has made an incredible impact in his powerful portrayal as Javert in Les Miserables in many productions throughout the world. Apart from London’s West End, Michael has played the role in Ireland, Australia, China, Denmark and in America,  where he appeared as Javert on Broadway as a member of the final cast and received many rave reviews. His appearances in other theatre and musical theatre productions include, The Phantom in Ken Hill's The Phantom of the Opera (UK tour/London), Thomas Inkle in Inkle & Yarico (Edinburgh/Washington DC/Berlin and filmed in Barbados), The Red Shadow in The Desert Song (Ireland), Dr. Akizuki in Out of The Blue (West End), Marco in A View From The Bridge (USA/Edinburgh), Count Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (USA), Sir Lancelot in Camelot (Ireland), Dominique in The Baker's Wife (USA), The Officer in The Hostage (USA), Patrick Dennis in Mame (Ireland), Tom Trainer in No No Nannette (Ireland), Tom in Brigadoon (USA), Max in Cabaret (USA), Cole Porter (revue), Rigoletto (Ireland), Duke in Twelfth Night (USA), Mr. Loveday in London Cuckolds, Harry McMichael in Not Now Darling, Leonard in Pajama Tops, Laurey in Little Women, Love From Judy and Eugene O'Neill's Ah Wilderness (US).

His television and film roles include, Gypsy in The Tenth Kingdom (NBC/SKY), Presenter in Careers (Canada), Thomas Inkle in Inkle & Yarico (PBS /USA), Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar (Universal/RUG). Michael’s concert experience as a solo artist is extensive and includes, An Evening With Sir Tim Rice (London), Who Could Ask For Anything More? - a tribute to Ira Gershwin at his centenary (Royal Albert Hall, filmed by HD Thames TV/recorded by BBC Radio),Lesley Garrett and Friends - Music From the Movies (BBC2TV),The Music of Sir Andrew Lloyd-Weber (Dublin); An open-air concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra(London), The open-air concert of Les Miserables at the Chelmsford Festival, Tenth Anniversary concert of Les Miserables (Royal Albert Hall, filmed & recorded), Inkle & Yarico in concert (Berlin), Night of 100 Stars- tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (London Palladium), The Proms in Ireland (filmed by RTE), Mad About Musicals (National Concert Hall, Dublin/recorded by RTE), Summer Concert Season (NCH, Dublin/ recorded by RTE), Kander & Ebb Revue (USA), A Musical Adventure (Newport/Wales), Michael McCarthy in cabaret (London), Michael McCarthy in concert (Worcester), A Musical Gala (Halifax), A World Cup Celebration (NCH, Dublin) and many other concerts throughout the world. Website: Michael McCarthy

Stephanie Benavente - Mina

Stephanie made her West End debut in Les Miserables and, during her two years in the show, played the role of "Eponine" on many occasions. She was a contract singer for the musical, Grease (Dominion Theatre). Stephanie has recorded solo tracks on the albums World In Motion, Of The Heart, Something Blue, The Festival, Sutter (a new musical) and was also a soloist on The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook - recorded at Abbey Road (London Philharmonic Orchestra). Her solo and featured performances on TV & radio include Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2), The Happy Prince (Channel 4), Half a Sixpence, Cabaret, Bitter Sweet, Mame, Carousel, Kiss Me Kate and Jesus Christ Superstar (BBC Radio 2 staged musicals series). Soloist appearances on Danish TV & radio with the Danish Radio Concert Orchestra. More recently, she has performed the theme tunes for several radio shows.

Amongst her numerous soloist classical concert appearances throughout UK are Haydn Creation (Hereford Cathedral), Handel Messiah and the Rutter Requiem with the Orchestra da Camera, conducted by Andrew Greenwood (St. Davids Hall, Cardiff). Her contemporary concert work includes The Forest (Festival Hall, London), Adiemus - premiere concert (Royal Albert Hall, London), The Royal Variety Show, Les Miserables - 10th anniversary concert (Royal Albert Hall, London) and Royal Gala performances. She was also a featured performer at the televised official opening night gala of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

As a session singer, Stephanie has done many commercials and worked on film sound track recordings, including Gladiator, The Time Machine, Hannibal, Antz, The Prince of Egypt, Evita, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Return of the Jedi and most recently as a featured solo vocalist in  an episode of the popular US television series, Nip Tuck. She is a highly respected singing teacher and vocal coach, and now runs a successful London based theatrical agency. Website: Stephanie Benavente

Robert Fardell - Van Helsing

Robert has played many musical theatre roles, including Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (West End) and Che in Evita. Other West End & London productions include Metropolis, Chess, Heathcliff, Mack & Mabel (in concert), Grease and Starlight Express.

Robert is a professional vocal contractor (doublefvoices) and has 'fixed' many sessions throughout the U.K., including The Forest by, and with, David Byrne (Royal Festival Hall); Barry Manilow (Wembley Arena), Musical Of The Year Awards, Take That, Al Jarreau and the Lesley Garrett tour. He was also vocal booth coordinator for Saturday Night Fever in the West End.

As a session singer, Robert has extensive experience in studio / recording work, concerts, TV & radio (including live broadcasts), commercials and film sound tracks. These include Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Star Wars trilogy and The Mummy Returns. He is also a member of the group 'Gregorian', which performs throughout the world. He has just returned from a tour of Russia, performing a major concert at the Kremlin.

Kit Orton - Harker

Kit is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for most outstanding talent during his course. His theatre work includes Into The Woods, Bells Are Ringing, This Time Next Week and most recently has appeared in The Hot Mikado as Pish Tush at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.

Kit's TV and radio work includes voice over work for various animation productions for S4C and HTV. He has also been a  backing singer for many professional artists and the lead singer with a band for many corporate and concert engagements. This talented 23 year old singer, actor and composer has already written two original full scale musicals in recent years and has had both of them showcased by a professional cast in London to rave press reviews. Kit also has several of his other musical theatre projects in development, including "My Land's Shore" and "Elephant Juice". As a composer and musician, Kit continues to work on several performance and recording productions with various professional companies. Apart from recording an album of his own songs, Kit is currently working as a musical theatre performer and musician throughout the world. He has just returned from a world tour as lead vocalist on the QE2 and will soon be working in Germany with an opera company. He returns for another tour on the QE2 in 2007.Website: Kit Orton

Alison Guill - Lucy

Alison is a young performer who is about to make her West End musical theatre debut in The Phantom of the Opera, thanks to Stephanie Evans Associates. She has appeared in the national tour of Scrooge and at the Bloomsbury Theatre as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte. She has recently performed in Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall. Some of her other musical theatre and opera appearances include L'Allegro, il penseroso ed il, Bells Are Ringing, Into The Woods, Norma and several concert and oratorio performances.

John Barr - Renfield

John Barr began his career at the age of 11 in the West End production of Oliver. Since then, he has had a varied career in Showbusiness ranging from Theatre, Television, Recording & Cabaret.

Some of his favourite roles have been Dr. Parker in Batboy The Musical, David in Company, “Che” in Evita, Paul in A Chorus Line, Koko in The Mikado, Feuilly in Les Miserables, Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Motel in Fiddler On The Roof, Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate, Snoopy in Snoopy – The Musical, Harry in Flora The Red Menace, Njegus in The Merry Widow. John has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded 4 Solo CD’s - A Small Affair, In Whatever Time We Have, A Different Corner and Anything Can Happen, all on the Dress Circle Label. He also appears on several cast albums.

John has presented his Cabaret shows in London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington DC, Venice, Sydney and on the QE2. Website: www.johnbarr.net

Christian Jon Billett - Holmwood

Christian is a very experienced musical theatre performer, having played roles in the West End and on national tours. Some of his theatre work includes The Phantom of the Opera, Martin Guerre (playing Baptiste/cover Judge Coras); Evita, Sweeney Todd, The Hot Mikado (playing Nanki-Poo), The Beggars Opera, The Magic Flute, Closer Than Ever and he has recently appeared in Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall.

The producers of the album are Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. They can be contacted via their website.

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The Dracula Musical Concept Album

DRACULA - The Concept Recording of the new musical

The fully orchestrated and professionally produced concept album of this NEW MUSICAL is available to purchase from Dress Circle (The Showbiz Store), London, and at the Sound Of Music store, Germany.

Buy the album at Dress Circle (London): DRACULA - THE  MUSICAL

Buy the album at Sound of Music store (Germany): DRACULA - THE  MUSICAL

The Dracula Musical Album is now available in the USA, via the American / internet based supplier CD BABY

See the Dracula Musical Website Index for related links and credits

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Brief History of the Musical

The musical "Dracula" has taken several years to reach the present stage of development. After extensive research had been conducted by the lyricist in 1999 / 2000 (including the use of references to Stoker's original notes for the novel), the initial lyric structures for some of the proposed songs and the outline of the musical plot were written. The first version of the complete libretto had been produced by 2003 and has subsequently been further improved.
Christopher J. Orton and Gareth Evans began working together on the project in 2004, when Christopher began setting the libretto to his original music and to create the score for the work.
After the lyricist and composer had recorded some demo material of their work in 2004, and following some private cast readings of scenes, an opportunity arose to produce a professional concept recording of the show. This process began in 2005 after the noted composer, arranger and musical director, Ian Lynn, agreed to orchestrate the work.
The album features the leading West End musical theatre performer, Michael McCarthy, singing the title role.
The official album launch was on September 25th at Dress Circle (London). Since then the album has been selling well at all retail outlets and is still a top CD best seller at Dress Circle.
The UK Theatre Magazine, What's On Stage, published a very positive review of the Dracula concept album in its December 2006 issue. Recently, a track from the album was played on national radio. That was on the Elaine Paige show on BBC Radio 2.
A further album of the complete Dracula musical is planned and that process will begin during 2009.
The producers of the album are Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. They can be contacted via their website.

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Copyright

Book and Lyrics by Gareth Evans. Music by Christopher J. Orton. Orchestration & All Additional Music by Ian Lynn.

Copyright © and P 2000 - 2012 by Gareth Evans. Copyright © and P 2004 - 2012 Christopher J. Orton / Ian Lynn.

The concept album of the musical, “Dracula”, is produced by Sang de Vie Productions Ltd.

Dracula. Copyright © and P 2006-2012 by Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. All rights reserved.

All forms of reproduction of any part of this recorded work are strictly prohibited by law.