Drakula (The Hungarian Musical)
Sure, there have been many musical adaptations of the Dracula story. Currently, Wildhorn's much-more-famous-in-Germany version is probably the most well-known. But one of my favorites, and very underrated in my opinion, is the Hungarian musical "Drakula".
Very, very little information is available about this musical online, so I can't even give a history behind it. All I can say for sure is that the musical appeared on stage in 2007. It was directed by Sándor Venyige. The cast was as follows:
Tibor Pintér - Drakula
Edit Vörös - Mina
Balázs Nagy - Jonathan
Nikolett Gallusz - Lucy
Zoltán Mező - Arthur
László Mészáros - Abraham Van Helsing
Róbert Miskovits - Quincey
Károly Gesztesi - Church Pastor
Don't worry about seeing the musical, though - a DVD was filmed of the performance, and a generous YouTube user has uploaded the entire show
. The soundtrack alone was also uploaded.
A warning: For those expecting a straightforward adaptation, you'll be very, very disappointed. Not only are both Renfield and Jack Seward completely gone from the picture, you'll know what I mean when I say "Quincey?! What the...what?" A lot of things are added in, and there's a lot more focus on Lucy's choosing of a lover.
Also, Dracula apparently has magical teleportation abilities, and thus can travel from Transylvania to England in three seconds while Jonathan is busy singing. And he keeps a whole graveyard-load of vampires down in his castle basement. Yeah.
While I was disappointed in the character changes (Renfield's my favorite, darn it!), the show is definitely
worth watching, for a couple reasons. First, there's Tibor as Dracula. You know how many people praised Gary Oldman's ability to play the count as simultaneously repulsive and attractive? Well, in my opinion this musical does an even better job. While I sometimes feel that his voice could be more emotional, he's the best choice the casters could have made, I think.
Also, there's the surrealistic design of the show. I hated the sets at first, but now I've come to appreciate the bizarre but endearing arrangements. And then, there's the opening song. Seriously, even if you don't watch anything else from the show, everyone should hear A Holtak Ébredése
So yes, the musical has its flaws, but it deserves MUCH more attention than it's getting now.