Dracula, a Comedy of Terrors
Along the treacherous Borgo Pass In the mountains of Transylvania, a meek English real estate agent is on a harrowing journey to meet a new and mysterious client…who also just happens to be the most terrifying and ferocious monster the world has ever known. COUNT DRACULA!!
Christopher Sieber leads an all-star cast, including John Stamos, Annaleigh Ashford, Laura Benanti, Alex Brightman, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Rob McClure, Ashley Park, Alan Tudyk, Kathy Fitzgerald, Jeff Kready, and Oville Mendoza this special podcast event, recorded from their homes in isolation, to benefit The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Bram Stoker’s epic horror story hilariously reimagined with a dash of Mel Brooks and a pinch of Monty Python, presented as an old time radio play. This lightning fast, laugh-out-loud comedy by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen is guaranteed to raise your pulse and emit blood curdling screams of laughter!
Written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, directed by Gordon Greenberg. Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
Christopher Sieber: Christopher Sieber started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at age seven in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade of 1976 seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Then, Broadway: The Prom, Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations) Monty Python’s Spamalot (Tony Award nomination and West End Production), Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods, Beauty and The Beast, and Triumph of Love. Television: Law And Order: SVU, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Elementary, Ed, Sex & The City, Pushing Daisies, It’s All Relative, Two Of A Kind and lots of daytime television like Guiding Light, All My Children, Another World, where his many recurring characters never went anywhere.
Laura Benanti: Laura Benanti is a Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway favorite. Her breakthrough theatrical performance came in March 1999 as she was promoted from understudy to star as Maria in the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music. This would be the start of an illustrious Broadway career, which saw her join the cast of Swing! in 1999 and then take on the roles of Cinderella in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, Claudia in the 2003 revival of Nine, and Julia in the 2006 Broadway premiere of The Wedding Singer. She had already received Tony nominations for her appearances in Swing! and Into the Woods, however it wasn’t until 2008 that she finally took home her first Tony Award for her performance as Louise in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, which starred Patti LuPone as Mama Rose. She recently made headlines as a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” with her spot-on, hilarious impersonation of Melania Trump. Ms. Benanti had a recurring role on “Law and Order: SVU,” “Royal Pains,” and “Eli Stone.” and had appearances on “The Big C” and “Elementary”. She currently resides in Manhattan with her husband Patrick and daughter Ella. Website: LauraBenanti.com. Twitter: @LauraBenanti
Alex Brightman: Alex Brightman is a writer and Tony-nominated actor who has been seen on Broadway in Beetlejuice, School of Rock, Matilda, Big Fish, Wicked, Glory Days; on TV in “Documentary Now!,” “SMILF,” “Important Things With Demetri Martin”; and in one horror film where he was brutally murdered on a toilet. His musical writing credits include It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Universal Theatrical), The Whipping Boy and Make Me Bad, all with his writing partner Drew Gasparini.
James Monroe Inglehart: James Monroe Iglehart has been seen on Broadway as Genie in Aladdin (Tony Award, Drama Desh Award), Bobby in Memphis and Mitch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. TV: Coriolanus Burt on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Fox’s Gotham, Lance Strongbow on Disney’s Tangled. Film: Upcoming Three Christs opposite Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage. Solo show: How the Heck Did I Get Here? Multiple sold-out engagements at 54 Below. Member of hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme. To Dawn – the best wife in the world!
Ashley Park: Ashley Park received Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, & Chita Rivera nominations for originating the role of Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls on Broadway. Other Broadway: Tuptim in Lincoln Center’s revival of The King and I (Grammy nomination), Sunday in the Park With George, Mamma Mia! TV: Emily in Paris (Paramount Network); Tales of the City (Netflix Original series); Nightcap (PopTV/Lionsgate). Off-Broadway: Mwe in KPOP (Lortel Winner; Drama Desk & Drama League nom.). Tour: R&H’s Cinderella (Gabrielle). Recipient of Actor Equity’s 2018 Clarence Derwent Award and the Inaugural Marin Mazzie Award for Empowerment by the Cancer Support Community. University of Michigan graduate.
Annaleigh Ashford: Annaleigh Ashford won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Essie in You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway. She starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as Dot in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George, and played Betty on Showtime’s critically acclaimed Masters of Sex. Other Broadway credits include Sylvia in Sylvia, the original Lauren in Kinky Boots (Clarence Derwent Award, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Glinda in Wicked, Jeannie in Hair, and the original Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical. Off Broadway credits include Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at Encores!, Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delecorte Theatre for the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Maureen in Rent, and Marcie in Dogfight. Other television and film credits include American Crime Story: Versace, Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fox, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Law&Order SVU, Smash, Unicorn Store, Sex and the City, Better Off Single, Top Five, Rachel Getting Married, Frozen. Her critically acclaimed solo show, Annaleigh Ashford: Lost in the Stars Live at 54 Below was released by Broadway Records in 2016.
John Stamos: John Stamos got his start with an Emmy-nominated role on General Hospital in the early 1980s, but it was his portrayal of Uncle Jesse, a heartthrob obsessed with Elvis and hair products, on the sitcom Full House that solidified his celebrity status. After eight seasons on the show, the Greek-American Stamos worked hard to shed his cutesy image with a variety of roles in a slew of TV-movies. In between screen gigs, Stamos tapped into his musical talents, making his Broadway debut in 1995 and playing drums for the Beach Boys. Around this time, he wed supermodel Rebecca Romijn, but the union didn’t last and the pair divorced in 2005. Stamos took more active control of his career during the 2000s by producing his own vehicles, including the short-lived crime romance Thieves and the sitcom Jake in Progress. When the latter was canceled, he picked up a role on ER; he stayed with the medical drama until it ended in 2009. Off screen, Stamos continues to play music and supports Project Cuddle, an organization offering crisis counseling to end child abandonment.
Rob McClure: Rob McClure received Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in Chaplin: The Musical. Other Broadway: Beetlejuice, Something Rotten!, Noises Off, Honeymoon In Vegas, I’m Not Rappaport and Avenue Q; as well as Where’s Charley? and Irma La Douce at Encores!. Regional: The MUNY, Paper Mill, Old Globe, Arden, Cleveland Playhouse, A.R.T, Walnut Street, Delaware Theatre, Flat Rock, McCarter, and La Jolla Playhouse. For the film Recursion, Rob won Best Actor at both The Queen’s World and Williamsburg Independent film festivals. TV: Person of Interest, Elementary and The Good Fight.
Jeff Kready: Broadway: Tootsie, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Billy Elliot (Tony Elliot), Sunday in the Park with George revival, Les MiserablÃ©s revival (Jean Valjean u/s). National Tour: Billy Elliot. Off-Broadway: Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Theater). Favorite regional credits: In This House (World premiere, Two River Theater), Godspell (Jesus), Anything Goes (Billy), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), CATS (Rum Tum Tugger), 42nd Street (Billy). TV: Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Education: BA in Voice Performance and Vocal Music Education from Washburn University. Onetime Kansas music teacher, now proud member Actor’s Equity Association. www.jeffkready.com
Orville Mendoza: Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, Orville received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cal-State University, San Bernardino and worked extensively with East West Players in Los Angeles starring in the title role of SWEENEY TODD earning him an Ovation Award nomination. Also at EWP, he appeared in INTO THE WOODS, PASSION (which was the Los Angeles premiere of the Sondheim musical), and EWP’s 30th anniversary revival of PACIFIC OVERTURES, for which the entire company received a Backstage West Garland Award for best ensemble. Orville has also worked “the other side of the table” serving as music director for their production of STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW.
Richard Kind: Richard Kind, a Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee for the Broadway hit The Big Knife, is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor who continues to redefine the term character actor. Kind is starring as Sam Meyers in the Amazon Original Series Red Oaks (2014). He appeared in the 2013 Best Picture Academy Award-winning Argo (2012). Additional film credits include The Visitor (2007) and The Station Agent (2003), among many others, as well as voicing characters in A Bug’s Life (1998) and Cars (2006). In television, besides his infamous roles on Spin City (1996) and Mad About You (1992), Kind starred in the acclaimed HBO series Luck (2011), has guest starred on many shows, and has had recurring roles on Luck (2011) and Gotham (2014). On stage, Kind has starred in the smash hit Broadway musical The Producers, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Candide, and Bounce, among others. Kind started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hill and Gary Kroeger.
Kathy Fitzgerald: A Broadway character actress extraordinaire, Kathy Fitzgerald got her Great White Way start playing multiple roles in the Johnny Burke revue Swinging on a Star, and juggled several characters, including fabulously butch lighting designer Shirley Markovitz, during her six-year stint in The Producers. Other Broadway credits include the scene-stealing office assistant Roz in 9 to 5 and malicious headmistress Madame Morrible in Wicked.
Steve Rosen: Steve Rosen is a writer, composer, lyricist and actor. As a writer for the theater he has co-written/composed with David Rossmer on The Other Josh Cohen (6 Drama Desk nominations, Lortel nomination Best Musical). With Gordon Greenberg he has penned the book for the musical The Secret of My Success (Paramount Theatre, Chicago) and co-written the plays Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors (Maltz Jupiter Theater) and Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Christmas Show (The Old Globe and Bucks County Playhouse). As an actor, he has been seen on Broadway originating the roles of Sir Bedevere, et. al. in Spamalot, Harlan Honn, et. al. in The Farnsworth Invention; and played Benny Southstreet in the last revival of Guys & Dolls. Steve also played Nathan Detroit on the national tour. He is a co-creator with Mr. Rossmer, Dan Lipton and Sarah Saltzberg, of the long-running comedy Don’t Quit Your Night Job. He has appeared regionally in the world premieres ofA Confederacy of Dunces at the Huntington Theater, Mr. Burns. A Post-Electric Play at The Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, DC and Bay Street Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Goodspeed, and several shows at the Bucks County Playhouse and St. Louis MUNY. TV: Recurring roles on “SVU,” “The Resident” and “Nurse Jackie. He has guest starred on “Psych”; “Law and Order” (original flavor); “Masters of Sex; The Good Wife”; “Kings” and “Ed”.
Alan Tudyk: Alan Tudyk is an American actor and voice actor known for his roles as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the space western series Firefly and the film Serenity and Tucker McGee in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. He has also had starring roles in the films DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, I, Robot, A Knight’s Tale, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 42, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Rogue One. Since voicing King Candy in 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, Tudyk has voiced characters in every Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film. Tudyk appeared on the sitcom Suburgatory and has had guest roles on many other series. Earlier in his career, he appeared frequently in Broadway plays as well. He wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy web series Con Man about a struggling actor whose career is still defined by a successful science fiction TV show he was once on, loosely based on Tudyk’s own experience having been on Firefly. The series aired on Syfy in 2017 and earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. As of 2019, Tudyk plays the main antagonist, Mr. Nobody, in the DC Universe series Doom Patrol.