Is there any hope of seeing a West End production of Tanz der Vampire which is true to the original?
I think, at the moment, there is not such a chance to do it. We always discuss it a lot, but I don’t have to explain to you that the influence of Broadway is stronger on the West End than on…
Did you ask him? Or doesn’t he do Q&A on his site anymore?
He does Q&A, but he has never backed off of this attitude. Every time someone brings up a new English production, he’s like, in essence, “Well yeah, but every time someone says the title, it goes up in smoke because of the show’s history.”
Sorry, I meant, did you ask him why he won’t consider a different title.
I find this funny in a way, because the Finnish production was officially called Dance of the Vampires and it did tremendously well. Of course Finnish musical genre and audience are another thing than West End for example, and our scene isn’t particularly big or loud, but that name does have some good karma too. I wish more people would recognise this.
Alfred: Advice for the amorous!
This is how you conquer a heart.
When you fall in love, you chime like small bells
When you are infatuated you can show it without fear
Who shall have that love can sense it
even if you don’t confess
You can’t silence your heart
even if you fall quiet
Sometimes one kiss means more than a thousand words…
Alfred: Sarah? (Runs to the bathroom and finds the tub empty. Herbert appears from behind it.)
Oh, I’m sorry!
I would like to make your acquaintance.
Father was very taken with you
I think we should be friends.
Alfred: I must-
Herbert: To have you be nice [To make you nice]
Maybe you understand that? [You must understand that]
Only the sick can become so pale
Alfred: I’m completely fine!
Herbert: Yet your forehead is feverish.
I’ll bring a blanket to your bed
No, I don’t understand at all
when you shiver like this, mon cherie
Alfred: No, I never do that.
Herbert: Oh yes, someone is terrified!
Alfred: The next night’s ball must be unbelievable.
Herbert: Your butt is so sweet [cute]!
Alfred: You can’t!
Herbert: And what about those eyes!
Alfred: The eyes?
Herbert: The eyelashes were spun from pure gold!
So! We’ll celebrate through the night
now you are invited
With me you’ll share the music and the dance
Our dance so hot, the ecstasy of the night
when we’ll fall in the waltz, we’ll conjure a heaven on earth!
(They dance. Herbert appears to have some kind of telekinetic power over Alfred, forcing him to take part in the dance.)
Ah, show me that!
Alfred: It is-
Herbert: Oh, what did I get!
You can’t run away from love just like that
Love will make you mad
you’ll be infatuated
now I only love you
When I fall in love, I can never…
(Alfred stuffs the book of poetry in Herbert’s mouth and runs away from the scene. Herbert shrieks in frustration.)
Alfred: No! No! Professor! Help!
Professor Abronsius: The things you see! Aren’t you ashamed?!
(Herbert is about to attack the two men. Professor Abronsius makes the sign of the cross at Herbert, thus scaring him away. Herbert runs away screaming.)
Herbert: Papa! Papaaaa!
Notes: Here’s at last a translation of the Finnish WLIDI. I added some descriptions in italics to give an idea of the points where the scene was a bit different from the standard German production.
I tried to translate the song as directly as I was able, but I may have gotten some parts wrong or messed up otherwise. So I’d gladly receive comments from the other Tanssi fans. There was couple of more difficult lines (like “To have you be nice/To make you nice”) which didn’t seem to translate too well.
Dance of the Vampires (Vampyyrien tanssi). Premiered 10.9.2011. Closed 24.3.2012.
✧ First cast Alfreds over the years.
Aris Sas. The original Vienna production, the original Stuttgart production.
Koit Toome. Vampiiride tants: the Estonian production.
Fredrik Wickerts. The original Hamburg production.
Jakub Molęda. Taniec Wampirów: the Polish production.
Yohei Izumi. The Japanese production.
Alexander Klaws. The original Berlin production.
László Sánta. Vámpírok Bálja: the Hungarian production.
Krisha Dalke. The Oberhausen production, the Stuttgart revival production.
Lukas Perman. The Vienna revival production.
Niels Jacobs. Dans der Vampieren: the Flemish production.
Georgy Novitzky. Bal Vampirov: the Russian production.
Ville Salonen. Dance of the Vampires (Vampyyrien tanssi): the Finnish production.
Michael Heller. The Berlin revival production.
Anton Zetterholm. The Berlin revival production.
✽ First cast Krolocks over the years (and one second cast).
Steve Barton. The original Vienna production.
Kevin Tarte. The original Stuttgart production, the Oberhausen production, the Berlin revival production.
Jassi Zahharov. Vampiiride Tants: the Estonian production.
Thomas Borchert. The Hamburg production, the original Berlin production, the Vienna revival production, the Berlin revival production.
Paweł Podgórski. Taniec Wampirów: the Polish production. (second cast.)
Yuichiro Yamaguchi. The Japanese production.
Géza Egyházi. Vámpírok Bálja: the Hungarian production.
Jan Ammann. The Oberhausen production, the Stuttgart revival production.
Drew Sarich. The Vienna revival production, the Berlin revival production.
Hans Peter Janssens. Dans der Vampieren: the Flemish production.
Ivan Ozhogin. Bal Vampirov: the Russian production. The Berlin revival production.
Jyri Lahtinen. Dance of the Vampires (Vampyyrien tanssi): the Finnish production.
❉ piru olla tahdon / tai enkeli / ja olen silti vain yön olento / ja tahdon sitä mitä en saa
halu mieltä tanssittaa
Socially awkward Jyrilock forgot how to evil.
Pictures from last year’s Thalia-gala.
I’m still mad that this was not shown on TV.
First, we must introduce some of the major players in this story and explain a little about them prior to their involvement in the mess that was Dance of the Vampires on Broadway. Perhaps these mini-bios will enlighten people as to the motivations behind their actions in the main body of the article.
As Jim Steinman would put it:
“Let the revels begin
While the night is still young
Let the revels begin
Call the pack together…”
Part one. I have nothing to add.
Reblogging this so I’ll remember to read this later.