Dracula has swept Off-Broadway this fall with a decidedly queer twist. Andrew Keenan-Bolger (who Disney fans might recognize as Crutchie from the musical Newsies) stars in the polyamorous romp.
There have been plenty of adaptations of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel, including Tod Browning’s 1931 film, the 1992 remake starring Gary Oldman, and the 2020 Netflix/BBC homoerotic reboot.
Then there’s Anne Rice’s 13-part Vampire Chronicles, which has its own legacy of gay-coded gore. Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors is uniquely theatrical, featuring five actors playing multiple roles and genders in the spirit of Charles Ludlam and Monty Python.
Keenan-Bolger mischievously bites into Steve Rosen and Gorden Greenberg’s script, quickly flipping between nebish fiancee Harker, his post-bite, leather-clad alter-ego, and an assortment of other quirky characters.