The updated German libretto of the musical Tanz der Vampire by Michael Kunze and Jim Steinman. Based on the film "The Fearless Vampire Killers" by Roman Polanski, and directed by him....
|Title||:||Tanz der Vampire (Libretto)|
|Number of Pages||:||96 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Tanz der Vampire (Libretto) Reviews
Perhaps Michael Kunze's best musical libretto. It's a matter of personal preferences who likes which musical best, but I feel (while still loving all the rest!) this is the best constructed story and overall also the best written libretto with a lot of content, depth and fascinating cultural references written into it without being too obvious about it, and while remaining fun and not depressive.And I love Alfred. Just wanted to say that because he is so often ignored when this musical is discussed, though he is the protagonist and can have quite a fascinating character development when played right. It was also interesting to compare the differences between the way his scenes are staged and the way they were written in the libretto - often it's just things related to him that appear quite differently on stage than they were written in the libretto. The stage version is better; some of these things are probably difficult to envision in script before seeing how they work on stage, so it's natural they have been changed in the directing process.
Tanz der Vampire is by far the most complex and, frankly speaking, perfect musical libretto I've ever read, even on the generally high standards of Michael Kunze's writing. I like it how none of the characters is purely good or evil, and Kunze plays extremely well with the stereotypics about vampires, vampire hunters, innocent maidens and musicals.The amount of hidden background information, implications, intertextuality and sheer beauty in the lyrics is amazing. Every detail in the story and lyrics seems to have been carefully considered, and after at least five years of knowing the text I still keep finding new elements and meanings in it. It's a pity that they tend to shorten the songs in the newer productions, since it always has an effect on the whole picture. In that sense, reading the complete libretto simply as a text is nice for a change.I'd give this six stars, were it possible.
Tanz is everything and everything is Tanz...and nothing hurts! :D