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By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 17, 2003 12:19 PM
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First, producers shut down Broadway’s ludicrous musical “Dance of the Vampires” (a $12 million disaster starring former “Phantom of the Opera” star Michael Crawford), and now comes news of one more stake in the heart of blood suckers.

The proposed Dracula theme park in Romania has hit a major bump in the night.

According to Reuters, the $30 million Eastern European park, to have been built near Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace, just didn’t pass muster with Western bean counters from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Consultants from the firm have reportedly discouraged the Romanian government from building the amusement park in the medieval city of Sighisoara, birthplace of 15th century Count Vlad Tepes. (Vlad is believed to have inspired author Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel “Dracula” and the ensuing movie adaptations.)

That is not to say that plans for a Dracula theme park are completely, well, dead.

A Tourism Ministry official, who asked to remain anonymous (fears of reprisal from the undead?) tells Reuters that the consultants were likely to propose other park locations — more accessible and with better infrastructure than those to be found in Sighisoara.

Among the possible candidates: Bucharest and a tourist resort on the Black Sea coast. Get the garlic ready, guys.