Cheap Dracula Tickets: Student RushWow, two updates in one week. And both actual high-profile Broadway shows that people have heard of.
I think my review of Dracula speaks for itself (and thanks to Bobby for much of the input), but the one thing I don't know if I stressed enough was how boring and nonsensical the show was. The plot points didn't flow from one to the next. The storyline didn't flow from one scene to the next. Nothing drove it; the characters sure weren't driving it nor could you identify with any of them. Take away the visual effects and there's little left to focus on. Some of the visual effects, by the way, were cool, including Dracula falling down a trap door really really quickly, a moment where all of Dracula's "old makeup" disappears, and a "how did they do that" moment when one of the girls is suddenly entirely naked after having been fully clothed just a split second ago . But then there was excessive flying, and the characters just weren't thought out or developed. What drives Melissa Errico's character? How about Tom Hewitt's? I'm not sure if I can blame Melissa or Tom on those, because a lot of it is obviously in the direction, and the bulk of it is in really bad bookwriting. Anyway, oddly enough, "Dracula" is the worst thing I've seen since... well, "Dance of the Vampires". It's just a boring show.
I want to note that I met Frank Wildhorn (the composer) after the show. He seems like one of the nicest theatre people I've ever met. I told him that I'm a fan of his (not a lie, I enjoyed Jekyll and I really enjoyed Pimpernel ) and I told him that that I enjoyed Dracula (okay, that's a lie; this show wasn't even bad in the fun "watching a trainwreck" way). And as a response to that, he said a very simple, "well thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Spread the word." Not a begrudging "well, that's not what the critics said". No bitterness or anger. This is a guy who is greatful to even have his work on Broadway, nevermind selling out or getting fanbases or good reviews. Just seems like the nicest guy you could meet. Meeting him made me wish I liked the show better. For his sake, as much of a disaster that Dracula was, I must say that I do hope his next work is successful, whatever it may be.
I'm not sure what's bound to be abridged next. "Brooklyn", "Democracy", "Gem of the Ocean", "The Good Body", "La Cage aux Follies", "'Night Mother", "Reckless", "Twelve Angry Men", and a ton of one-person shows seems to be what Broadway will be getting in the next few months. I haven't heard of half of those. But I have tickets to Brooklyn for a month from now, so that's bound to be next.