Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell are among the voice talents attached to the Disney Channel and Disney Junior animated series Vampira.
The new show, aimed at Disney’s younger viewers, will also feature the voice talents of James Van Der Beek, Lauren Graham, Isabella Crovetti, and Wanda Sykes. The series is set to debut on both cable networks and the Disney NOW app this fall.
Moving the vampire legend from Transylvania to Pennsylvania, Vampira will follow a family of vampires who leave their old-world home for America. Van Der Beek and Graham will portray the parents, Boris and Oxana Hauntley. Crovetti lends her voice talents to the role of the title character, “a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town.”
The show will also feature Vampira’s grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, played by LuPone and Mitchell, respectively, in recurring guest roles. Comedienne Wanda Sykes will provide voiceover as Gregoria, Vampira’s loyal (but cantankerous) gargoyle sidekick. The series will also include music by Broadway composers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. Original songs will be performed by the talented voice cast.
Patti LuPone is a two-time Tony-winning Broadway actress (Evita, Gypsy) known for her larger-than-life stage presence and powerful singing voice. She is currently starring in the Broadway musical War Paint, as makeup maven Helena Rubinstein. Brian Stokes Mitchell won a Tony Award for his hilariously pompous Petruchio/Fred Graham in the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Other roles of note include Coalhouse Walker Junior in Ragtime and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha.
“Set in an urban Pennsylvania neighborhood, Vampirina is centered around Vee as she settles into her new surroundings, including making friends and attending a new school. Excited to experience everything that the human world has to offer, Vee will learn that while it may be easier to blend in with peers, it’s important to celebrate the differences that make everyone unique. Always by her side, Vee’s mom and dad are also adapting to their new life as proprietors of the local Scare B & B, a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.