“Vlad Dracula” arrives in Salerno, from 20 to 22 January at the Augusteo Theater the first stage of the national tour

Who does not know Dracula, evil vampire born from the pen of Bram Stoker in 1897? Undisputed protagonist of English literature of the late nineteenth century, inspired by the historical figure of the Prince of Wallachia Vlad III and endowed with great charm, Dracula not only represents the vampire par excellence but is also one of the greatest incarnations of evil: he attracts and terrifies, seduces and kills .
Protagonist of an endless series of theatrical and cinematographic adaptations and inexhaustible source of further literary works that have made him famous and immortal all over the world, just like his character, he arrives in a musical version thanks to the intuition of Ario Avecone.
“Vlad Dracula” arises from the will of Arius Avecone (“Murder Ballad”, “Amalfi 839AD”, “Rebellion”, “That’s Amore!”), director and author of the libretto and part of the music, to want to innovate the iconic story of Bram Stoker and to offer him a new perspective . The director, who has always been attentive to researching new forms of theatrical language, avails himself of the collaboration of MasterSimon Martin (“Roma Opera Musical”, “Beatrice Cenci”, “A Christmas Carol”, “St. Michael the Angel of the Apocalypse”, “The Little Mermaid”) author of part of the original songs and of Manuela Scotto Pagliara for the literary part and some original songs. The Hollywood-style soundtrack gives a nod to great film music compositions. The original songs elegantly cross many musical genres, from pop to rock, to modern ballads, without ever getting lost in useless virtuosity and letting them, together with the music, always be functional to the story.
The staging curated by Michele Lubrano Lavadera and from Arius Avecone and the use of lights Alexander Case they are post-industrial in style and evoke on the one hand the myths of filmography, such as Mad Max, on the other more recent films such as Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes or Crimson Peak.
The care of clothes and details, designed by Myriam Sommaare the result of a personal and innovative research, based on the Victorian era but contaminated with advanced technological fabrics and materials.
The work is set in a world steampunk at the end of the 19th century, at the dawn of modern industrial development and the exploitation of new energy resources. At the exact moment in which a dangerous countdown that leads up to the present day began for man. The show also wants to be a way to sensitize viewers, making them aware that the time available is less and less. In this race against time, even an immortal character like Dracula becomes vulnerable and finds himself sharing a problem with mankind for the first time.
The whole show is a journey beyond space and time into the dualism of the human soul: good and evil, life and death, science and mystery. In a story where love, passion and music convey the emotions of the spectators. But who is Dracula really? Who represents good and who evil? Are we really sure of our certainties?
The work will certainly appeal to gothic enthusiasts, but it will also wink at thriller lovers, who will gradually find themselves involved in an intrigue full of suspense, where time plays a fundamental role.

CURIOSITY’

Among the protagonists on stage, George Adam: was born in Salerno on March 12, 1985. After a stint as a rock frontman, he obtained important roles in the world of musical theater. Recent work includes his collaboration with Perparrow Entertainment and the Sistina Theater as Simone Zealotas and Judas in the Jesus Christ Superstar European Tour with the great Ted Neeley. He later gets the role of Galileo in We Will Rock
You by Queen with Pop Star Anastacia. In 2020 he published the book “Un Banco di Pesci” with Nep Edizioni and at the same time dedicated himself to writing his first solo album. Now, he’s our Vlad Dracula.

SYNOPSIS

A strange fog oppresses a small town in the north of England, in a dense blanket of fear, unexplained deaths and disappearances. The Prof Van Helsing (interpreted by Christian Juniper – “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Cabaret”, “Some like it hot”, “Rocco Schiavone”), a proud and rational alchemist, seeks a logical explanation to make sense of all these mysteries.
Under observation is the town of Whitby, where Carfax is located, which has become the home of the mysterious foreign tycoon, the Count Vlad Tepes (interpreted by George Adam – “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “We Will Rock You”, “Siddhartha”).
Shy and irascible character, prince of evil, he is obsessed by the loss of his first wife, Elizabeth. Obligated to eternity, he uses other women to fill that void, but dedicating their existence to a damned and loveless life. Until he accidentally sees Mina Murray (played by Ariadne Bergamaschi – “Beauty and the Beast”, “Pinocchio”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Murder Ballad”), the reincarnation of his beloved Elizabeth. Vlad is accompanied by the figure of Countess Justina, played by Clare Vergassola, a new talent of the Italian musical. Justina is a character not present in Stoker’s story. She opens and closes the show and is the last of Vlad’s time-forgotten brides. She is a multi-faceted character and her unrequited love fuels her thirst for revenge against the Count. Justina meets the young reporter Jonathan Harkerinterpreted by Mark Stable (“Kinky Boots”, “Jersey Boys”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Grease”, “Colorado”, “Domenica In”), who risks ruining his relationship with his wife Mina Murray due to his desire for success. The ambitious assault journalist arrives at the home of Vlad Tapes, determined to deal with the biggest journalistic scoop of his career, but he disappears into thin air and on his disappearance they investigate the Doctor John Seward (interpreted by Paul Gatti – “A Doctor in the Family 6”, “I Cesaroni 4”, “Siddharta”, “A Christmas Carol”), and his collaborator Stratford, (interpreted by Jacopo Siccardi – “Hair”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Murder Ballad”, “Amalfi 839AD”).
The story also brings us to know the visionary inventor Renfield (interpreted by Anthony Melissa – “The Divine Comedy”, “Man among men”, “Rosso Napoletano”, “Actor Dei”), a man who moves away from his daughter to achieve his professional dreams as a scientist Lucy Westenra(performed by Valentina Naselli – “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Mamma Mia”, “Sister Act”, “Murder Ballad”) and because of this he falls into loneliness and depression. A man with a dual personality, whose dark soul, shadow and inspiration is played by Dario Guidi (Gigi Proietti Globe Theater, “Actor Dei”, “X Factor Italia”, “Smack the Musical”).

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

“I’ve always been fascinated by late 19th century gothic literature and a lover of authors who wrote about mysteries, unrequited love and death in those years. I’m also a big fan of cinema and directors like Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro and Christopher Nolan The gloomy and melancholic atmospheres of these works prompted me to stage a new story, a new tale based on the well-known epistolary novel by Bram Stoker. From the literary research was born the inspiration to create and tell a new story about the most famous in the world: revisited, updated and rendered in the form of a musical. What we tell comes from the restlessness, anger and loneliness that the human soul can feel in a time as complex as the one we are going through. At the basis of those novels and therefore also in our history there is always the eternal dualism between good and evil, which is the soul of the rewriting of the text and directed by Vlad Dracula, where every The character was treated in detail by both me and Manuela Scotto Pagliara, co-author of the text. The souls of the characters often turn out to be tormented, ambiguous, despite presenting their basic fragility. The great clash between light and shadow is played out on this, where alchemy, science and above all love and passion are the real protagonists.
Another major theme that I wanted to address is the relationship between man and time. Its relativity and variability, which makes each of us capable of expanding the good moments and tightening the bad ones, and vice versa. A way to perhaps exorcise the impossibility we have of really slowing it down. My hope is not so much to provide answers, but rather to raise questions among viewers. The best way to make a contemporary work food for thought, but also a moment of fun and pure entertainment”explains Arius Avecone.

“Vlad Dracula” arrives in Salerno, from 20 to 22 January at the Augusteo Theater the first stage of the national tour