Rando, Carrafa to Dance with Crawford and Vampires on Bway and CD

"If you think Broadway musicals suck now - Just you wait..."

That tagline ends the online preview of the upcoming Broadway musical spoof Dance of the Vampires which is set to begin previews at the Minskoff Theatre Oct. 14 and open Nov. 21 starring Michael Crawford.

The fangy tuner with music and lyrics by Jim Steinman (Whistle Down the Wind, the upcoming Batman) will be helmed by Urinetown director John Rando. The project will reteam the helmer with choreographer John Carrafa (Urinetown, Into The Woods).

No other casting has been confirmed as of yet, but Rene Auberjonois has been offered a role and is currently in negotiations, according to his agent Peter Strain. Auberjonois has appeared on Broadway in Coco, The Good Doctor, Big River and City of Angels, garnering Tony Award nominations for all and winning for the first. The creative team behind Dance of the Vampires includes David Gallo (scenic design), Ann Hould-Ward (costume design), Richard Ryan (sound) and Ken Billington (lighting design). The Broadway run is being produced by David Sonenberg, Andrew Braunsberg, Bob Boyett, USA Ostar Theatricals and Lawrence Horowitz.

As confirmed by a Barlow-Hartman spokesperson — before the cast has even been set — the original cast recording of Dance of the Vampires will be released by Interscope Records.