Live Music

“Dracula” Rises for One Night Only

Long before Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, there was Bela Lugosi. And his eyebrows.

Beat the heat with a chilling (and air-conditioned) screening of the most famous horror movie of all time: the classic 1931 version of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, whose eyebrows will be made even spookier with the accompaniment of a live, spine-tingling score.

Fun fact: The film was first released without a score. As a cost-cutting measure, Dracula was originally shown—with the exception of a few classical cues from Tchaikovsky and Wagner—almost entirely sans music. More than 65 years after its debut, Universal Studios commissioned legendary composer Philip Glass to revisit the movie with a fresh score designed for a string quartet with piano. That 1998 work is now considered the definitive soundtrack to the gothic classic.

Renowned composer and conductor Michael Riesman was the pianist on that new Dracula soundtrack. He’s since created a new solo piano arrangement with Glass’s approval, which he tours live, screening the original film as he plays. While Dracula may never drink wine, come early to the downtown classical and new-music mecca (Le) Poisson Rouge and order off of its full dinner and bar menu.

Why You Should Go: Come for a spectacular score played by a world-class pianist; stay for the spellbinding cinematography of the most beloved cinematic vampire tale of all time.

Michael Riesman Plays Philip Glass’s Dracula
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets), Greenwich Village
Tuesday, July 3
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.