Dracula’s Theater Restaurant is on tour at IPAC in Wollongong | Mercury of Illawarra

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Macabre Dracula’s Cabaret-themed restaurants have been Melbourne and Gold Coast icons for decades, but now the show is hitting the road. Wollongong audiences will be transported to a raucous world of comedy, burlesque, circus and Rocky Horror-style rock ‘n’ roll at the Illawarra Performing Arts Center from April 29-30. They also bring their signature cocktails to the bar, like their famous “blood blags” where customers sip their drink from a real intravenous bag like you see in hospitals (or on television). Dracula’s: The Resurrection Tour producer Luke Newman was born into the world of cabaret, being the third generation in the family outfit. “I was literally crawling around the [now defunct] The Dracula Theater in Melbourne when I was in childbirth – it was part of my whole life, I used to come over after school and help with the set up,” Newman said. remember one day I went to kindergarten and told a joke from the show and my parents got a call that day.” Read more: Shows announced for Wollongong’s response to the Fringe His grandparents Tika and John Newman opened Melbourne’s first ever restaurant and theater in 1964, the late-night café Tika & John’s which became a music hall, their Newman empire grew into more than performance companies with the creation of Dracula in the 1980s – their Gold Coast venue remaining their flagship cabaret club and all over the world, so we thought it would be good…to bring Dracula to people,” said Luke Newman. “A lot of times when I talk to someone about the brand, there’s such a happy memory associated with them like a birthday. rsary or anniversary, kind of a milestone, which is why we’re thrilled to take it on the road.” Read more: New family music festival in Wombarra Bowlo ‘fan favourites’ – theater restaurants over the years. Already, the Wollongong shows have sold out half of the allocated tickets having only been on sale for a short time. It is the first time the show has come out of the theater restaurant with shows also scheduled for The Star in Sydney, The Palms in Crown Melbourne and Wrest Point in Hobart. Ticket details are at: www.draculas.com.au/tour To read more stories, download the Illawarra Mercury news app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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