DRACULA

The Westport News

Wed. October 2, 2002

Dracula…The Covenant-
Today Westport, Tomorrow Broadway?

Fascinating, frightening and darkly romantic, the classic tale of Dracula continues to intrigue audiences. Now, a new musical version has been conceived by Broadway performers and local residents, Kevin Gray and Dodie Pettit. It is titled Dracula…The Covenant.

Gray and Pettit are veterans of such Broadway hits as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, CATS, The King and I and the 2000 Jesus Christ Superstar, among many others. It was while the pair was on tour, performing in the Broadway hit, Titanic, that Dodie and Kevin took pen in hand and conceived this classic yet modern version that will delight fans of the story, both young and old.

Sponsored by Westport Historical Society, a “concert” version of the musical will be performed at Bedford Middle School in Westport on Friday October 25, at 8p.m. Kevin Gray will appear as the title role and Dodie Pettit, who composed the score, will accompany Gray on the piano. The pair will be joined by another local resident, Scott Bryce, as well as other actors from the Broadway field, who will be announced later. This is a rare opportunity to see a musical theater work in “workshop” stage and to experience an original work directly from the author and composer.

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray has just completed a highly acclaimed Broadway run as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. Prior to this, Gray appeared as Thomas Andrews in Titanic and as The King in the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I, only the third actor in history to play the role on Broadway. Gray has also starred in Harold Price’s production of Showboat, toured as the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night and appeared as The Engineer in the Los Angeles and Toronto productions of Miss Saigon, receiving the Dora Mavor Moore and Dramalogue awards for his performance. He appears on The Complete Miss Saigon, recorded in London. He was the youngest actor to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on the U.S. National Tour. He has guest starred on Law & Order, Linc’s, Miami Vice and The Equalizer, played role on Ryan’s Hope and The Guiding Light and co-starred in the film White Hot. He can be heard on Voices of Broadway, a joint venture with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, and Songs from the Journey, both written by his wife, Dodie Pettit.

Dodie Pettit

Dodie Pettit is an actress, singer, dancer, and songwriter. Just returning from a national tour of the Broadway show Titanic, Pettit was also and original Broadway cast member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, in which she completed a six-year-run. Prior to this, she performed for four years in CATS on Broadway. Between these two shows, she has nearly 4,500 shows to her credit, a milestone that only a handful of Broadway performers have achieved. Before her Broadway career, Dodie was principal dancer with the Garden State and Princeton Ballet Companies. A BMI songwriter, whose credits include songs on the Billboard Pop and Dance charts, Shel Silverstein’s Grammy-nominated “A Light In the Attic” and the film “Critters”. She has released two CD’s of original pop/country songs on Landfill Records. She also produced Voices of Broadway an album of her songs featuring the voices of many of Broadway’s best known names.

This premier performance will benefit the Westport Historical Society (of which Gray and Pettit are both members).