From phantom to vampire

    Audiences loved Michael Crawford in the lead of "Phantom Of The Opera," for
    which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics' Circle Awards and, in
    London, the Oliver Award. Now in rehearsals of "Dance Of The Vampires" to
    open on Broadway's Minskoff Theatre on November 21, Mr. Crawford sat over
    coffee with journalists and guests in a studio rehearsal room on West 42nd
    Street. He spoke of his new vampire role - he plays Count von Krolock, a
    19th century vampire whose passion is to win over beautiful Sarah, played by
    Mandy Gonzalez.

    After listening to Mr. Crawford sing his major song, "Invitation To The
    Ball," a vocally demanding ballad, the Sun asked him how he planned to
    sustain his voice for the run of the musical. "With plenty of rest!" he
    replied, adding, "Oh, yes, and with many vitamins and by singing with proper
    breath control."

    Obie award-winning Ms. Gonzalez said, "I've learned so much from Michael.
    Mainly how to stay focused." Ms. Gonzalez said she sang around the house
    since she was two years old. In fact, so much so that her family made a rule,
    "No singing at the dinner table." Her grandmother was concerned she would
    ruin her voice with so much singing, so, as an 8 year-old she was sent to
    voice classes in her home town of Valencia, California. This started her on
    her journey to a musical career.

    Dance of the vampires

    NY Sun

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