Dance Of The VampiresMichael Kunze has long been a big fan of Roman Polanski’s famous movie from the 1960s — Dance of the Vampires. He became fascinated by the idea of creating a drama musical with a story completely different from his previous work, ELISABETH.
Michael wanted to create a musical full of irony, a drama that takes itself not too seriously, either. He met with Polanski in Paris and proposed his concept. The great director was elated…he even committed to taking the helm of this project.
Using the characters of the movie, Dr. Kunze wrote a brand-new English libretto applying his successful original structure of a dramatic musical story. He presented it to the American hit-composer Jim Steinman who agreed to craft the score.
In October 1997, a German version premiered at the Raimund Theater in Vienna. The show continued to play in front of enthusiastic audiences in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin, and later on even in Poland, Hungary, and Tokyo.
When DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES was prepared for a Broadway production, something truly sad happened and the show flopped after only a short run. Watch Michael’s comment in the following video…