History Theatre / TanzDerVampire

30th Jun '15 1:06:30 PM beack7
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* Stuttgart, Germany, 2000: Responsible for pretty much saving the theater that put it on. Originally starred Kevin Tarte as Krolock and Barbara Köhler as Sarah. Introduced a new song, "Stärker als wir sind", that replaced Sarah's dream ballet in the original production.
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* Stuttgart, Germany, 2000: Responsible for pretty much saving the theater that put it on. Originally starred Kevin Tarte as Krolock and Barbara Köhler as Sarah. Introduced a new song, "Stärker als wir sind", that replaced Sarah's dream ballet in the original production.
16th May '15 10:18:37 PM nombretomado
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The basic plot features TheHunter Professor Abronsius and his timid, feeble assistant Alfred arriving in a Transylvanian village straight out of HammerHorror. Alfred falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter Sarah, and she toys with him a bit before running off to the local castle instead. Of course, said local castle is infested with vampires, lead by Count von Krolock and his CampGay son Herbert (who has his own eye on Alfred), and Sarah prepares to become Krolock's new Queen of the Night at a lush vampire ball. Alfred, unaware that she's happier this way, valiantly tries to rescue her (when he's not [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a girl]]). Meanwhile, Sarah's father is turned into a vampire himself, and he goes on to turn Magda, the beautiful and chaste maidservant he's been lusting after for years, into his undead girlfriend.
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The basic plot features TheHunter Professor Abronsius and his timid, feeble assistant Alfred arriving in a Transylvanian village straight out of HammerHorror.Film/HammerHorror. Alfred falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter Sarah, and she toys with him a bit before running off to the local castle instead. Of course, said local castle is infested with vampires, lead by Count von Krolock and his CampGay son Herbert (who has his own eye on Alfred), and Sarah prepares to become Krolock's new Queen of the Night at a lush vampire ball. Alfred, unaware that she's happier this way, valiantly tries to rescue her (when he's not [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a girl]]). Meanwhile, Sarah's father is turned into a vampire himself, and he goes on to turn Magda, the beautiful and chaste maidservant he's been lusting after for years, into his undead girlfriend.
16th Dec '14 4:21:55 PM Angeldeb82
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''Tanz der Vampire'' is an Austrian musical with music by Music/JimSteinman and lyrics by Michael Kunze. It's TheMusical of ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'', and has the same general story, but with several alterations. All in all, it's a decidedly more raucous, over-the-top experience than the movie, chock full of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. The basic plot features TheHunter Professor Abronsius and his timid, feeble assistant Alfred arriving in a Transylvanian village straight out of HammerHorror. Alfred falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter Sarah, and she toys with him a bit before running off to the local castle instead. Of course, said local castle is infested with vampires, lead by Count von Krolock and his FlamboyantGay son Herbert (who has his own eye on Alfred), and Sarah prepares to become Krolock's new Queen of the Night at a lush vampire ball. Alfred, unaware that she's happier this way, valiantly tries to rescue her (when he's not [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a girl]]). Meanwhile, Sarah's father is turned into a vampire himself, and he goes on to turn Magda, the beautiful and chaste maidservant he's been lusting after for years, into his undead girlfriend.
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''Tanz der Vampire'' is an Austrian musical with music by Music/JimSteinman and lyrics by Michael Kunze. It's TheMusical of ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'', and has the same general story, but with several alterations. All in all, it's a decidedly more raucous, over-the-top experience than the movie, chock full of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. The basic plot features TheHunter Professor Abronsius and his timid, feeble assistant Alfred arriving in a Transylvanian village straight out of HammerHorror. Alfred falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter Sarah, and she toys with him a bit before running off to the local castle instead. Of course, said local castle is infested with vampires, lead by Count von Krolock and his FlamboyantGay CampGay son Herbert (who has his own eye on Alfred), and Sarah prepares to become Krolock's new Queen of the Night at a lush vampire ball. Alfred, unaware that she's happier this way, valiantly tries to rescue her (when he's not [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a girl]]). Meanwhile, Sarah's father is turned into a vampire himself, and he goes on to turn Magda, the beautiful and chaste maidservant he's been lusting after for years, into his undead girlfriend.

* Vienna, Austria, 1997: The original production, with the late Steve Barton as Graf von Krolock and Cornelia Zenz as Sarah. It won a few IMAGE Awards (the European equivalent to the Tonys), including Best Actor in a Musical (Steve Barton) and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Eva Maria Marold as Magda), and featured costumes by Sue Blane of ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' fame.
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* Vienna, Austria, 1997: The original production, with the late Steve Barton as Graf von Krolock and Cornelia Zenz as Sarah. It won a few IMAGE Awards (the European equivalent to the Tonys), including Best Actor in a Musical (Steve Barton) and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Eva Maria Marold as Magda), and featured costumes by Sue Blane of ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' fame.

* Hamburg, Germany, 2003: Thomas Borchert as Graf von Krolock and Jessica Kessler as Sarah. Both of them are now strongly associated with these roles, Borchert to the point of being typecast (see listings below). The cast of the film version of ''TheLordOfTheRings'' stopped by in a highly publicized event while they were in town for the German premiere of one of the films in the trilogy, leading to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a picture of Borchert in full Krolock makeup and costume with Hammer Dracula Christopher Lee]].
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* Hamburg, Germany, 2003: Thomas Borchert as Graf von Krolock and Jessica Kessler as Sarah. Both of them are now strongly associated with these roles, Borchert to the point of being typecast (see listings below). The cast of the film version of ''TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' stopped by in a highly publicized event while they were in town for the German premiere of one of the films in the trilogy, leading to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome a picture of Borchert in full Krolock makeup and costume with Hammer Dracula Christopher Lee]].

* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Midnight Ball, if you happen to be a mortal, and thus on the menu.

%% The alternate character interpretation was clearly invoked by the authors, as described. * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Compared to the original film's relentless, almost Satanic antagonist, Graf von Krolock in the musical is a noble, sad AntiHero who's compelled to destroy what he loves and longs for in spite of his own guilt over it. Sarah was TheIngenue in the film, but in TheMusical, she's an ambitious free spirit longing to be corrupted into something dark and powerful. Alfred's denseness is largely ignored here, replaced purely by timidness and extreme awkwardness, while Magda is developed into something of a {{Tsundere}}. Finally, while Herbert is purely a threatening, unsettling SissyVillain in the film, here he's actually in giddy, infatuated ''love'' with Alfred rather than looking only to bang him, and subsequent productions have grown fond of implying that they would make a better couple than Alfred and Sarah and raising a moment of sympathy for Herbert when he's spurned.
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%% The alternate alternative character interpretation was clearly invoked by the authors, as described. * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Compared to the original film's relentless, almost Satanic antagonist, Graf von Krolock in the musical is a noble, sad AntiHero who's compelled to destroy what he loves and longs for in spite of his own guilt over it. Sarah was TheIngenue in the film, but in TheMusical, she's an ambitious free spirit longing to be corrupted into something dark and powerful. Alfred's denseness is largely ignored here, replaced purely by timidness and extreme awkwardness, while Magda is developed into something of a {{Tsundere}}. Finally, while Herbert is purely a threatening, unsettling SissyVillain in the film, here he's actually in giddy, infatuated ''love'' with Alfred rather than looking only to bang him, and subsequent productions have grown fond of implying that they would make a better couple than Alfred and Sarah and raising a moment of sympathy for Herbert when he's spurned.

%% The alternate character interpretation was clearly invoked * DamselInDistress: Inverted: Sarah doesn't want to be saved. Also averted with a side of FridgeLogic by the authors, as described. * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Compared to fact that neither Alfred nor the original film's relentless, almost Satanic antagonist, Graf von Krolock Professor thinks to protect Magda from Chagal after he's been bitten, even though she's the natural vampirism target after Sarah given that she's apparently the only other attractive young woman in the musical is a noble, sad AntiHero who's compelled to destroy what he loves and longs for in spite of his own guilt over it. Sarah was TheIngenue in the film, but in TheMusical, she's an ambitious free spirit longing to be corrupted into something dark and powerful. Alfred's denseness is largely ignored here, replaced purely by timidness and extreme awkwardness, while Magda is developed into something of a {{Tsundere}}. Finally, while Herbert is purely a threatening, unsettling SissyVillain in the film, here he's actually in giddy, infatuated ''love'' with Alfred rather than looking only to bang him, and subsequent productions have grown fond of implying that village. And then when she ''is'' attacked, they would make leave her body behind without so much as a better couple than Alfred and Sarah and raising a moment of sympathy for Herbert when he's spurned.cross to hold her...

* DeathIsSuchAnOddThing: The TropeNamer, after a song Magda sings while looking at Chagal's dead body and dealing with mixed feelings about his death.
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* DeathIsSuchAnOddThing: The TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, after a song Magda sings while looking at Chagal's dead body and dealing with mixed feelings about his death.

* DistressedDamsel: Inverted: Sarah doesn't want to be saved. Also averted with a side of FridgeLogic by the fact that neither Alfred nor the Professor thinks to protect Magda from Chagal after he's been bitten, even though she's the natural vampirism target after Sarah given that she's apparently the only other attractive young woman in the village. And then when she ''is'' attacked, they leave her body behind without so much as a cross to hold her...

** Obliterating any passing resemblance of the original story to that of ''ThePhantomoftheOpera'' supposedly was Michael Crawford's motivation for insisting on or agreeing to drastic changes for the Broadway version.
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** Obliterating any passing resemblance of the original story to that of ''ThePhantomoftheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' supposedly was Michael Crawford's motivation for insisting on or agreeing to drastic changes for the Broadway version.

* FanService: To increase the joy of squealing fangirls upon seeing Herbert attempt to seduce Alfred, a bit of choreography was added in which Herbert grabs Alfred's... buttocks. And grins. Also, for the men in the audience, Magda's vampire look was made considerably sluttier when the show moved to Stuttgart.
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* FanService: {{Fanservice}}: To increase the joy of squealing fangirls upon seeing Herbert attempt to seduce Alfred, a bit of choreography was added in which Herbert grabs Alfred's... buttocks. And grins. Also, for the men in the audience, Magda's vampire look was made considerably sluttier when the show moved to Stuttgart.Stuttgart. * AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Midnight Ball, if you happen to be a mortal, and thus on the menu.

* FrenchMaid: Averted -- Magda doesn't dress like this. Not that her own tigh-bodiced, cleavage-boosting dress isn't just as [[FanService fanservicetastic]].
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* FrenchMaid: Averted -- Magda doesn't dress like this. Not that her own tigh-bodiced, cleavage-boosting dress isn't just as [[FanService fanservicetastic]].{{fanservice}}tastic.

* LongHairedPrettyboy: Herbert, in several productions - most notably the Hungarian version.
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* LongHairedPrettyboy: LongHairedPrettyBoy: Herbert, in several productions - most notably the Hungarian version.

* ParasolOfPain: The Professor saves Alfred by fending off Herbert with his umbrella. Yes, [[FunnyMoments it's hilarious]].
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* ParasolOfPain: The Professor saves Alfred by fending off Herbert with his umbrella. Yes, [[FunnyMoments [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments it's hilarious]].

* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:An interesting case, seeing as the heroes' failure to save Sarah on time is made plain by the "victim" herself, who's now the same kind of monster they intended to save her from, rather than Krolock.]]

* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:An interesting case, seeing as the heroes' failure to save Sarah on time is made plain by the "victim" herself, who's now the same kind of monster they intended to save her from, rather than Krolock.]]

* BondageIsBad: Herbert announces his intention to spend his night with Alfred with "handcuffs, and wine, and candlelight...". [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny?]] [[FetishFuel Sexy?]] You decide.
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* BondageIsBad: Herbert announces his intention to spend his night with Alfred with "handcuffs, and wine, and candlelight...". [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Funny?]] [[FetishFuel Sexy?]] You decide.

* DeusExMachina: Having lost their vampire-killing materials, Alfred and the Professor are left to... [[spoiler:open a curtain and have sunlight pour in, killing Krolock]]. [[FridgeLogic At the]] ''[[FridgeLogic Midnight]]'' [[FridgeLogic Ball]]? [[FlatWhat What]].
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* DeusExMachina: Having lost their vampire-killing materials, Alfred and the Professor are left to... [[spoiler:open a curtain and have sunlight pour in, killing Krolock]]. Krolock.]] [[FridgeLogic At the]] ''[[FridgeLogic Midnight]]'' [[FridgeLogic Ball]]? Ball?]] [[FlatWhat What]].What.]]

* {{GASP}}: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for]] [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] when the Professor announced his intentions to hunt vampires *GASP!* at the inn. Every time he mentions the word vampire *GASP!*, the villagers can't hide their shock. It's lampshaded when, after a couple rounds of going back and forth, Abronsius ''refuses'' to say "vampire"([[OverlyLongGag *GASP!*]]) where it would normally go in the sentence. * IncrediblyLamePun: The show is ''infested'' with them. But the most [[CollectiveGroan groan]]-inducing comes from the Professor. -->'''Abronsius''':(Upon seeing the crypt) This looks pretty cryptic!
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* {{GASP}}: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for]] [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] {{Played for|Laughs}} {{Narm}}y [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] when the Professor announced his intentions to hunt vampires *GASP!* at the inn. Every time he mentions the word vampire *GASP!*, the villagers can't hide their shock. It's lampshaded when, after a couple rounds of going back and forth, Abronsius ''refuses'' to say "vampire"([[OverlyLongGag *GASP!*]]) where it would normally go in the sentence. * IncrediblyLamePun: The show is ''infested'' with them. But the most [[CollectiveGroan groan]]-inducing comes from the Professor. -->'''Abronsius''':(Upon seeing the crypt) This looks pretty cryptic!sentence.

* MoodWhiplash: An example of this trope backfiring -- the jokester we've seen making [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] throughout the whole show, and just seconds before this point, begins singing "The Insatiable Appetite". It undermines what would otherwise be a very [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]] scene.
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* LamePunReaction: The show is ''infested'' with bad puns. But the most [[CollectiveGroan groan]]-inducing comes from the Professor. -->'''Abronsius''': (Upon seeing the crypt) This looks pretty cryptic! * MoodWhiplash: An example of this trope backfiring -- the jokester we've seen making [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] really bad {{pun}}s throughout the whole show, and just seconds before this point, begins singing "The Insatiable Appetite". It undermines what would otherwise be a very [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]] {{Tear Jerk|er}}ing scene.

-->'''Von Krolock (right behind him)''':Vampire?
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-->'''Von Krolock (right behind him)''':Vampire?him)''': Vampire?

* RunningGag: "This is 1880-something!", "If that means what I think it means...", and [[YouCanPanicNow "SUNSET!!!"]].
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* RunningGag: "This is 1880-something!", "If that means what I think it means...", " and [[YouCanPanicNow "SUNSET!!!"]]."SUNSET!!!"]]
23rd Oct '14 2:24:11 PM grabaham
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One production everybody missed added.
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* Nitra, Slovakia, 2011 (''Ples Upírov''): A Slovak student production, similar to the above "non-replica" Finnish production, premiered on May 3, 2011 under the direction of Peter Oravec.
23rd Oct '14 2:20:02 PM grabaham
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Added "Le Bal..." info.
* St.Petersburg, Russia, 2011 (''Бал вампиров'', ''Bal Vampirov'' for those used to Anglicized spelling): Premiered at the same time the Finnish production did, at the St. Petersburg State Theater of Musical Comedy. This production also [[http://www.facebook.com/ballofvampires has a Facebook page]]. Starring Ivan Oghozin as von Krolock, Elena Gazaeva as Sarah, and Georgy Novitsky as Alfred. Ivan Ozhogin later went on to play Von Krolock in the 2013 Berlin production.
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* St. Petersburg, Russia, 2011 (''Бал вампиров'', ''Bal Vampirov'' for those used to Anglicized spelling): Premiered at the same time the Finnish production did, at the St. Petersburg State Theater of Musical Comedy. This production also [[http://www.facebook.com/ballofvampires has a Facebook page]]. Starring Ivan Oghozin as von Krolock, Elena Gazaeva as Sarah, and Georgy Novitsky as Alfred. Ivan Ozhogin later went on to play Von Krolock in the 2013 Berlin production. * Paris, France, 2014 (''Le Bal des Vampires''): This production, directed once again by Polanski, opened in October 2014 at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris. Featuring French comedian/singer Stéphane Métro as von Krolock and Rafaelle Cohen as Sarah, this was the first European production to meet with largely negative critical notices in the major newspapers, but has by all reports remained an audience favorite.
29th Aug '14 10:09:07 AM grabaham
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quick edit to clean up the spot I missed
* New York City, United States, 2002 (''Dance of the Vampires''): The only English-language production to date was a Broadway disaster, due in part to severe ExecutiveMeddling. It changed the story a lot and turned the humor from darkly funny to slapstick and unfunny (and added to the idea that VampireMusicals don't work on Broadway). Starred Michael Crawford as Krolock, Mandy Gonzalez as Sarah, and Rene Auberjonois as Professor Abronsius. Jim Steinman hates this version.
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* New York City, United States, 2002 (''Dance of the Vampires''): The only English-language production to date was a Broadway disaster, due in part to severe ExecutiveMeddling. It revision which changed the story a lot and turned the humor from darkly funny to slapstick and unfunny (and added to the idea that VampireMusicals don't work on Broadway). Starred Michael Crawford as Krolock, Mandy Gonzalez as Sarah, and Rene Auberjonois as Professor Abronsius. Jim Steinman hates this version.
29th Aug '14 10:07:57 AM grabaham
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* Antwerp, Belgium, 2010 (''Dans der Vampieren''): Was briefly in the stage version of DevelopmentHell following a proposed winter 2009 opening. An official cast recording has been released.
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* Antwerp, Belgium, 2010 (''Dans der Vampieren''): Was briefly in the stage version of DevelopmentHell following a proposed winter 2009 opening. An official cast recording has been released.

* ExecutiveMeddling: ** The severe postponing of the Belgian production, which was caused by the producers of the show suing for more government support money and as a result putting the show (which was already in rehearsals and scheduled to open in December 2009) on hold until at least October 2010. ** The Polish production ended prematurely, purportedly because license holders didn't want to jeopardise the Berlin production that was about to open some 600km further away. ** License holders for the show are famed for being adverse to any changes, up to and including already-written additional songs being scrapped because they would change the rhythm of the plot. Apart from the Broadway production, the only one that got away with significant choreography changes is the Japanese one. ** Thomas Borchert is pretty sick of playing Krolock, but the producers of the Vienna revival pretty much refused to even audition any other comers. So guess who got pushed into the part again?

* HeyItsThatGuy: ** Hey, that guy who understudied Herbert in Vienna/plays him in the Hungarian production is [[Theatre/{{Elisabeth}} Death]]! ** In the Vienna revival, Alfred and Sarah are also [[RomeoEtJulietteDeLaHaineALamour Romeo]] and [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign "Julia"]]. [[spoiler:This makes the ending of ''Literature/RomeoAndJulietAndVampires'' particularly hilarious- it's the same as ''Tanz'' (heroine turns into a vampire in the final scene and turns the hero, and while they run off together, another character's efforts to contain and destroy vampirism instead allows them to spread and take over the world).]]

* BadExportForYou

* DevelopmentHell: ''Hello''. First, there was the innumerable amount of script changes and song-cutting/adding that went on because of so many people getting involved with the project. Then, there were several technical failures that cancelled preview shows and pushed the release date back. Then, the release date had to be pushed back further, due to it originally being just after a certain 2001 American disaster. (The producers - rightfully - felt that putting on a comedy [[HarsherInHindsight about dead people]] would be [[DudeNotFunny in poor taste]].)

* ExecutiveMeddling: A key reason the Broadway version turned out the way it did was because the producer felt American audiences would reject a European pop opera out of hand (after the subgenre's heyday in the 1980s) and wanted something funny. Combined with hiring Michael Crawford for Krolock, who didn't want to repeat his work in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' and was more than fine with the comic approach, the show was more or less doomed from the start; the details on the production and the differences between it and the original show are [[http://www.carpe-jugulum.com/library/bway2/5.html here]] and [[http://www.carpe-jugulum.com/library/bway2/21.html here]].

* TypeCasting: Michael Crawford's intense fear of being Type Cast was the main reason Krolock was changed into such a comic character. As he put it, he didn't want to be playing "the same guy with bigger teeth".
12th Apr '14 7:31:47 PM meganrenee
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1st Feb '14 7:33:03 AM Maestrojosh87
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* ArcWords: "Sei bereit!" ("Be prepared!") The vampire chorus sing it soft and low and eerily at many points throughout the musical. [[note]]Even funnier to '80s nostalgia freaks, because in the real English, it's "Turn around..."[[\note]]
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* ArcWords: "Sei bereit!" ("Be prepared!") The vampire chorus sing it soft and low and eerily at many points throughout the musical. [[note]]Even funnier to '80s nostalgia freaks, because in the real English, it's "Turn around..."[[\note]]"[[/note]]
1st Feb '14 7:32:35 AM Maestrojosh87
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* ArcWords: "Sei bereit!" ("Be prepared!") The vampire chorus sing it soft and low and eerily at many points throughout the musical.
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* ArcWords: "Sei bereit!" ("Be prepared!") The vampire chorus sing it soft and low and eerily at many points throughout the musical. [[note]]Even funnier to '80s nostalgia freaks, because in the real English, it's "Turn around..."[[\note]]
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