John–Anne Rice musical Lestat to open
December 17 in San Francisco

Lestat, a musical inspired by novelist Anne
Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, will
have its world premiere December 17 at the Curran Theatre in
San Francisco. The show is a first for the songwriting
team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin and John's third
Broadway musical, following The Lion King and
Aida. Hugh Panaro (Les Miserables, Side
) stars in the title role. Lestat is
scheduled to play San Francisco through January 29
before opening on Broadway in March, according to the show's
public relations representative. (AP)