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Dance of the Vampires (or Tanz der Vampire as the original German version is named) is a musical, which deals with the legend of vampires. The music to Tanz der Vampire was composed by Jim Steinman and the lyrics written by Dr. Michael Kunze. Tanz der Vampire premiered at the Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria on October 4, 1997. It won the 1998 IMAGE AWARD, (International Musical Award Germany), for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. In addition Steve Barton, who created this role for the Polanski Musical, got the 1998 IMAGE AWARD, as best actor of Graf von Krolock, lent. The production in Vienna closed on January 15, 2000. The show had its official German premiere in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 31, 2000 at the SI-Centrum, where it closed on August 31, 2003. The New York production, starring Michael Crawford as von Krolock, began previews on Broadway, at the Minskoff Theatre on October 18, 2002, and officially opened on December 9, 2002. The show closed on January 25, 2003 after 56 performances. A new production of the show started on December 16, 2003, in Hamburg, Germany, and is still running there. Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Count Orlok from Nosferatu A vampire is a mythical or folkloric creature said to subsist on human and/or animal blood often having magical powers and the ability to transform. ... James Richard Steinman (born November 1, 1948 in New York) is a rock and musical theater composer. ... This article is about the city and federal state in Austria. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Reef. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Steve Barton (June 26, 1954 - July 21, 2001) was an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, stage director and teacher. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stuttgart is a city located in southern Germany, it is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, and has a population of approximately 600,000 as of June 2004. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining, as the final day of March. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining, as the final day of August. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith (born January 19, 1942), better known as Michael Crawford, is one of Britains leading actors, so much so that he was voted into the Top 100 Greatest Britons in a 2002 poll sponsored by the BBC. Crawford began his acting career as a seven-year... This article is about the street in New York City. ... October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in Leap years). ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... Position of Hamburg in Germany Hamburgs central broadway Jungfernstieg at the Alster lake, between 1900 and 1914 This article is about the city in Germany. ...

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Plot

Alfred, a young scientist, is the assistant of professor Abronsisus on an expedition to Transylvania. The professor has made it his life's work to prove the existence of vampires and to set mankind free. On the search for the castle of the vampire Count von Krolock, they got lost in deep snow in the wilderness. Half-frozen, they finally reach a lonely country village and stumble upon an inn. There, the farmers and lumberjacks sing the praises of garlic, which makes Professor Abronsius suspect that they have finally reached their destination, but the village inhabitants deny that such a castle exists. Alfred falls in love with Sarah, the innkeeper's beautiful daughter, and Sarah also likes the young man. As Sarah's father, Chagal fears for his daughter's innocence and boards up her bedroom door. While Sarah and Alfred dream separately of each other, a threatening shadow falls over the inn. Count von Krolock makes it clear, that he has his eye on Sarah . - The next day, Professor Abronsius tries to find out what the landlord and landlady know about vampires. His investigation meets with silence. When a hunchback appears in order to get some candles, everyone becomes nervous and this makes Abronsius certain that the cripple acts as a servant for the vampire. He is determined to find out the truth. A fierce flirtation develops between Alfred and Sarah. Sarah is against letting anyone else use the bathroom in which she passionately likes to bathe. Alfred observes her through the keyhole and witnesses Count von Krolock coming through a skylight and inviting Sarah to the annual midnight ball in his castle. Alfred raises the alarm so Abronsius and Chagal come quickly, but the vampire has vanished. - Later, Alfred sings an ardent song under Sarah's window. But Sarah had left her room a while ago in order to collect a present from the Count, which the hunchback has left in the snowy garden. When she discovers Alfred, he thinks she has come down because of him. She sends Alfred inside under a pretext and opens the present. Inside is a pair of red boots. Sarah puts them on and dreams about being the admired centre of the annual midnight ball. Before Alfred returns, Sarah tired of boredom, runs away. She wants to go to the castle. Alfred's cries wake Chagal in the house. He hurries after his daughter and leaves the desperate Rebecca behind. - Meanwhile, Sarah finds herself in the castle. She wanders the halls restlessly and meets the Count. The ruler of the vampires seizes the girl's throat and longs to bite her, but he resists, waiting for the ball which will be held the following night. Transylvania ( Romanian: Transilvania or Ardeal, Hungarian: Erdély, German: Siebenbürgen, Serbian: Transilvanija, Turkish: Erdel, Slovak: Sedmohradsko or Transylvania, Polish: Siedmiogród) is a historic region that forms the western and the central parts of Romania. ... Count Orlok from Nosferatu A vampire is a mythical or folkloric creature said to subsist on human and/or animal blood often having magical powers and the ability to transform. ...


The next day the lumberjacks bring the stiff, frozen corpse of Chagal into the inn. Professor Abronsius professionally establishes that the landlord may become a vampire. He suggests putting a stake through the dead heart so that Chagal does not become a member of the undead. Rebecca prevents this and chases the vampire researcher away. In the night, Magda comes to the room in order to see Chagal and sees how thoroughly death has changed him. As she turns away, the body comes to life. Chagal seizes his maid and bites her throat. Then he lays the lifeless Magda under the cloth that had covered him. He has just enough time to hide under the table before Abronsius and Alfred return. They are about to drill through the heart under the cloth. At the last moment they notice what has happened. They find and overpower Chagal. He asks for a favour and suggests that he will lead the strangers to the castle, if they spare him. They set off immediately. On the way, Chagal runs off, but Alfred and Professor Abronsius find the castle. They are just about to look at the splendid portal when Count von Krolock appears. He welcomes the strangers and invites them to be his guests and, to Alfred's dismay, Abronsius accepts. The Count's son, the gay Herbert, also appears to greet them. He is very happy to have found a playmate in Alfred. Von Krolock sees to it that he can speak to Alfred in private and tries to lure him away from Abronsius. He calls the professor an old fool who has no idea about the wishes and needs of a young man like Alfred. Instead, von Krolock offers himself as a paternal friend. He hints that he can lead Alfred to Sarah. - Alfred has a horrible nightmare. He awakes and resolves to save Sarah. Before he can go to look for her, he has to accompany the professor to the castle's vaults. There they discover the catafalques of the Count and his son Herbert. On the descent into the crypt, the professor gets caught on the banister and cannot free himself. Alfred, who is already downstairs, is told to open the coffins and drive stakes through the vampires' hearts. However, he proves to be completely unsuitable for this task. Without having achieved anything, Alfred climbs the stairs again and frees the professor. Whilst searching for a better way into the crypt, they come across the castle library. Abronsius sees the collection of books and forgets about the vampire hunt. - There, Alfred hears Sarah singing. He follows the sound of her voice and finds Sarah in a splendid bathroom in the castle. She sits in the bath enthusing about the Count's generosity and doesn't listen to Alfred's calls for her to flee with him. Eventually she expels Alfred from the bathroom because she wants to get dressed. Alfred is desperate. His love for Sarah, however, does not falter. On the contrary, he swears to do everything for her and to give everything to her. He returns to Abronsius in the library to ask his advice. The professor is still busy with the books and as he has not thought of anything better, he advises his assistant to bury his nose in a book as well. Alfred reaches into the shelf at random and begins to read "Advice For Lovers". Contained in there is encouraging advice for him. And when he thinks he hears Sarah's voice again, he returns to the bathroom. Instead of Sarah, Herbert is waiting for him. Alfred tries in vain to get out of the way of the Count's son's advances. While Herbert shows him how they will waltz at the ball, Alfred's glance falls on a mirror. There he sees only himself, although Herbert is standing next to him. When the gay vampire eventually gets hold of his victim and falls on him, Professor Abronsius surprises him by diving on Herbert and hitting him with an umbrella.


Alfred and Abronsius climb the castle towers. Suddenly the vampire Count steps out. He no longer pretends to admire the Professor. Once again he orders Alfred to separate himself from Abronsius and follow him. He then vanishes into the night. - Looking down on the cemetery from the castle's battlements, the professor and his assistant witness the graves opening. The undead of the past centuries push the gravestones aside and loosen their stiff limbs in order to march in a long procession to the midnight ball at the castle. When the cemetery is empty, von Krolock appears. Lost in thought, he goes from grave to grave. He remembers the numerous sweethearts he has killed as a vampire and becomes conscious of the misery of his existence. Every time he seizes happiness, he just destroys it. The more he tries to satisfy his greed, the greater it becomes. - Meanwhile, the midnight ball has begun in the castle's ballroom. Alfred and Abronsius have dressed as vampires and mixed with the guests. Eventually von Krolock appears and opens the party with the announcement that this year there will be a rich meal. Then he presents Sarah. He dances with her and bites her throat. During the next minuet Abronsius establishes that Sarah has withstood the blood loss and is still alive. The attempt to carry her off fails when the vampires recognise the two men as mortals because their images are reflected in the mirror. Von Krolock orders the vampires to give them to him. Alfred and Abronsius make a cross out of two candelabras. Horrified, the vampires retreat. - Later, Alfred, Sarah and Abronsius hike through the winter landscape of Transylvania. When they have escaped to safety, they rest. While the professor busies himself with notes about the dangerous expedition for his scientific work, Alfred and Sarah sink into an embrace. But what seems like a happy ending is the beginning of the vampires'world domination...


Original Cast of the world premiere 1997, in Vienna, Austria

Graf von Krolock ..... Steve Barton
Sarah ................ Cornelia Zenz
Professor Abronsius .. Gernot Kranner
Alfred ............... Aris Sas
Chagal ............... James Sbano
Rebecca .............. Anne Welte
Magda ................ Eva-Maria Marold
Herbert .............. Nik Breidenbach
Koukol ............... Torsten Flach
and ensemble
Steve Barton (June 26, 1954 - July 21, 2001) was an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, stage director and teacher. ...


Songs

Garlic / Knoblauch
A Lovely Daughter Is A Blessing /Eine schöne Tochter ist ein Segen
Never Seen / Nie geseh'n
God is Dead / Gott ist tot
Truth / Wahrheit
Invitation To The Ball / Einladung zum Ball
Freedom is Outside /Draußen ist Freiheit
To Be Dead Is Funny / Tot zu sein ist komisch
First Act Finale / Finale 1. Akt
Total Eclipse / Totale Finsternis
Seize The Night (The Nightmare) / Carpe Noctem (der Alptraum)
For Sarah / Für Sarah
When Love Is In You / Wenn Liebe in dir ist
Hey, Ho, Professor / He, ho, Professor
Eternity / Ewigkeit
The Insatiable Greed / Die unstillbare Gier
Ballroom / Tanzsaal
Freedom is Outside (Reprise) / Draußen ist Freiheit (Reprise)
The Dance Of The Vampires / Der Tanz der Vampire


External links

  • Dance of the Vampires in Hamburg (http://www.tanz-der-vampire.de/)
  • Dance of the Vampires Official Site (http://www.danceofthevampires.com)
  • Stageholding (http://www.stageholding.de/4389.htm)

Tanz der Vampire is also a cult movie directed by Roman Polanski. The U.S. title for this film is The Fearless Vampire Killers, or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck. It was released in 1967 and was written and directed by Roman Polanski, who also plays the role of Alfred. Sharon Tate played a leading role too. Roman Polanski Roman Polanski (born August 18, 1933) is a French/Polish film director and actor. ... Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski in The Fearless Vampire Killers. ... The Fearless Vampire Killers is a 1967 movie directed by Roman Polanski. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 - August 9, 1969) was an American actress and a victim of the Charles Manson murders. ...


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Tanz der Vampire (251 words)
Tanz der Vampire premiered in 1998 in Vienna, Austria.
Directed by Roman Polanski (on whose film The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me But Your Teeth Are In My Neck the musical was based), with music by Jim Steinman and lyrics by Michael Kunze, the show became a success.
Its dark, yet often amusing, subject matter, Steinman's grandiose rock score and some wonderful lyrics, coupled with fantastic performances and deeply convincing sets and costumes, led the production to further success in Stuttgart.
Dance of the Vampires - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2519 words)
Dance of the Vampires (or Tanz der Vampire as the original German version is named) is a musical remake of a 1967 Roman PolaƄski film called The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Tanz der Vampire premiered at the Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria on October 4, 1997.
It is also said that "Tanz Der Vampire" inspired the Japanese playwright Koki Mitani to write "Vamp Show", a play performed in Parco Theatre in 2001.
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