Dance Of the Vampires on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Dance Of the Vampires Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Musical
  • Dance Of the Vampires is 2 Hours and 45 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 14, 2002
  • Show Opened : December 9, 2002
  • Show Closed: January 25, 2003

A musical remake of the 1967 Roman Polanski film (The Fearless Vampire Killers) where a Professor journeys to Transylvania to prove the existence of vampires, and his assistant falls in love with the Counts daughter - chaos then ensues when they confront the Count in a climactic battle of love and horror.

What's Dance Of the Vampires Like?

"Dance of the Vampires" tells the story of a scholarly duo on an expedition to a mysterious Transylvanian castle. Their quest turns perilous as they uncover the castle's dark secrets and encounter its enigmatic inhabitants. Amidst eerie surroundings and supernatural occurrences, a forbidden romance blooms between a young visitor and a resident of the castle, complicating their mission.

As tensions escalate, they confront their deepest fears and desires in a climactic battle against forces that threaten their very existence. The narrative unfolds with a blend of suspense, romance, and horror, exploring themes of obsession, seduction, and the struggle between light and darkness.

Ultimately, the story culminates in a dramatic confrontation that tests their courage and resolve, revealing the true nature of the castle's inhabitants and the extent of their own vulnerabilities in the face of ancient, malevolent forces.

Is Dance Of the Vampires Good for Kids?

This show is intended for adults

Dance Of the Vampires on Broadway Background

Dance of the Vampires debuted on Broadway in 2002 and is based on Roman Polanski's 1967 film The Fearless Vampire Killers.

The Broadway musical version combines elements of comedy, horror, and romance, with a score by Jim Steinman (famous for his work with Meat Loaf). The show is directed by John Rando, the production featured elaborate sets and costumes, aiming to blend campy humor with Gothic atmosphere.

Show Challenges

Despite a strong cast including Michael Crawford, the show faced challenges including mixed reviews and high production costs. It closed after 61 performances, though it had a longer run in Europe. The Broadway production is remembered for its ambitious staging and memorable score, though it didn't achieve the longevity of some other musicals and did not come close to profitability.

8 Weeks Of Previews

This show was in preview performances for over 8 weeks, due to logistical issues and financial problems. The normal preview period for a Broadway show is four weeks.

The show also ran nearly three hours long, which left audiences exhausted.

Theatre Information

Minskoff Theatre

200 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,710
Entrance: 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

Minskoff Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Count von Krolock
Michael Crawford
Professor Abronsius
René Auberjonois
Mandy Gonzalez
Max von Essen
Ron Orbach
Asa Somers
Liz McCartney
Leah Hocking
Mark Price


Andrew Braunsberg

Willem van Lanschot

Bob Boyett

Lawrence Horowitz

Roger Berlind

Stanley Zareff

Production Credits

John Rando

Creative Team

David Ives