Love And Lust Prevail
Dance Of The Vampires - A rocking "horror musical,"
grandly staged, fabulously choreographed. In short : A Great Show!
The orchestra and the singers produce CD quality sound, while
technology produces dream factories. Staged fairy tales on fairy
tale stages. The same applies to the music. Jim Steinman, the
inventor of Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler, has also composed in
accordance with the unwritten "rule of Webber." His Total
Eclipse Of The Heart is, as Steinman's own signature, the hit song
in Dance Of The Vampires...a complete three hour composition, a
soundtrack illusion merging rock, pop and Puccini.
Dance Of The Vampires is a true audience pleaser...Our total
impression of Dance Of The Vampires is so overwhelming because every
detail fits. The scenery, the polished choreography, the outstanding
music, the magnificent costumes. Anyone who likes musicals and the
perfect illusion will find that Stuttgart is his Mecca. Dance Of The
Vampires is simply a great show.
Echo On Sunday
The bite that leads to immortality!
Every emotion is packed into this production, and even humor
isn't left out...The song Total Eclipse from rock singer Bonnie
Tyler reappears throughout the entire piece. Composer Jim Steinman
has succeeded in cleverly combining the rock 'n' roll touch with
Director Roman Polanski is well aware of what he has found in Jim
Steinman: "We should consider ourselves lucky that Jim took on
The musical Dance Of The Vampires is undoubtedly capable of
maneuvering the stranded ship Stella into calm and successful water.
Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung
The attractive mixture of droll comedy, theatrical prose,
parodied kitsch and festive dance scenes is successful!
This energetic, spirited and humor-filled product is tremendously
entertaining...The "Richard Wagner Of Rock," composer Jim
Steinman, has reached deep into his box of musical tricks and come
up with a gripping and successful mixture of his sound and that of
others. Total Eclipse Of The Heart is back, and then there's
vehement and loud rock music, soft ballads and finally, as if to say
that everyone has already given their blood, the production ends
with a fast disco number...With the breathtaking perfection of Roman
Polanski's direction, our blood cells continue to laugh, as love and
Down the staircase to the ball of the undead! Stella is back!
With it's thundering sound, attractive directorial ideas, and
fantastic sets, the Dance Of The Vampires is far superior to
previous productions in Stuttgart...Jim Steinman's music is
precious...The mix of styles, ranging for Bonnie Tyler through
baroque harpsichord collages of love songs...to loud rock music is
effectively put together. This certainly offers excellent
A cult musical has arrived!
The extravagant costumes and decors, the prefect technology and
the amplified sound achieve the desired effect...The success of this
production is due in large part to the efforts of choreographer
Dennis Callahan. It's most impressive elements include the rapid
scene changes of William Dudley's fantastic and fantasy-filled,
enchanting, magical and fairy-tale-like sets, as well as its skilled
modern lighting direction...The performance of the ballet ensemble,
which has essentially created modern dance theater, is also
impressive. The soloists distinguish themselves with beautiful
voices and lyrics that are also comical in places.
With crucifix and garlic!
Roman Polanski has directed a successful replacement for Stella's
production of Miss Saigon. The direction of Roman Polanski and the
music of Jim Steinman was celebrated with standing ovations!
Gruesomely beautiful! Our prognosis? Vampire Krolock will easily
outlive his neighbor, The Beast, who has been dancing across the
stage with Beauty since December, 1997.
The musical does not impress with mere biting gags, but with a
mouthful of power...This musical is certain to appeal to younger
audiences, thanks to the terrific second act. It begins with a
fabulously choreographed nightmare and ends with a dance of the
vampires that is a parade of sorts.
In this production, composer Jim Steinman fully lives up to his
reputation as the Richard Wager of rock 'n roll...He energetically
shakes powerful rock hymns out of his sleeve, and tends to deploy
more current hip-hop elements sparingly. He is just as unlikely to
skimp on thundering pomp and powerful beats as with plush
romanticism...At times, one feels as if they've been transported
into a Wagner opera...
View Of The Region - Survey...How did you like Dance Of The
One thousand eight hundred journalists, travel agents, and many
others who had bid for tickets, attended a preview of Dance Of The
Vampires. Here are a few of their initial reactions.
Thomas Pfundtner, director of Echo der Frau, Dusseldorf:
"Very, very good. Outstanding costumes, excellent scenery,
great music. The staging of the piece was also very successful in
terms of content. The audience felt it was outstanding...I would not
have expected such perfection here in Stuttgart after Stella went
into bankruptcy. I am, however, convinced that this production will
enable Stella's new owner, Peter Schwenkow, to revive the company.
He'll do it."
Christina Jimena-Handel, advertising executive at Stuttgart
Marketing in charge of the United States and half of Europe:
"It's really wonderful; the artists, the music, the staging,
simply everything. It will certainly not be difficult to market this
piece on an international scale. This is something we are already
working on, and now that I've seen the production I know my work
will be easier..."
Uwe Gunther, a businessman from Stuttgart, who had bid for
"We liked it very much. Every detail is just right, such as
the synchronized dance in front of the mirror. The frequently
changing sets are impressive, the music is very well arranged, and
I'm sure that the Bonnie Tyler song will turn into a very catchy
tune indeed...Dance Of The Vampires is catchier than Beauty And The
Anneta Politi, SWR3 editor, Stuttgart:
"Grandiose, bombastic. Sometimes it's hard not to miss the
Meat Loaf sound of composer Jim Steinman. The production offers
plenty of surprise effects and the audience is very effectively
drawn into the action on the stage..."
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