Two years later, Langella took on the title role in a Broadway revival of Dracula. Based on the classic novel by Bram Stoker, the production also starred Jerome Dempsey as Abraham Van Helsing. It opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on Oct. 20, 1977.
Richard Eder of the New York Times called the production "elegant" and "visually stunning." Of Langella's performance, he wrote: "He is a beautiful and sensual Dracula...but he notably lacks terror." The production received the 1978 Tony for Most Innovative Production of a Revival, and Langella was nominated for Best Actor in a Play. He went on reprise his role in the 1979 film version with Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing.
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