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'Lestat' will bare his fangs on Broadway starting in April

"Lestat" sings on Broadway next April.

The Elton John-Bernie Taupin musical featuring novelist Anne Rice's seductive vampire hero will open on Broadway April 13 at the Palace Theatre. Preview performances begin March 11.

The musical will have its world premiere at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Dec. 17-Jan. 29, 2006, before moving to New York.

Hugh Panero, Broadway's most recent "Phantom of the Opera," will portray the title character in the show, which has music by John, lyrics by Taupin and a book by Linda Woolverton. The director is Robert Jess Roth.

Also in the cast of "Lestat"' are Carolee Carmello as Gabrielle and Jack Noseworthy as Armand.