Theatre: Dracula: A Love Stronger Than Death

Dracula: l'Amour plus fort que la Mort ("Dracula: A Love Stronger Than Death") is a 2011 French Rock Opera loosely based on Dracula, though mostly combining aspects of the 1992 film version with a heavy dose of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and an Anachronism Stew aesthetic.

Count Dracula has lived in self-imposed silence as a vampire since the suicide of his wife Elisabeta in the 15th century, attended by his three minions Sorci, Satine and Poison. Eventually, a young English realtor, Jonathan Harker, comes calling, and Dracula recognizes a portrait of Harker's fiancee, Mina Murray, as Elisabeta's reincarnation...

The show was a modest success, with the soundtrack album selling well, a TV broadcast, and a national tour of France. However, it did not do well enough for the broadcast to receive an official DVD release. Keep Circulating the Tapes, everyone!

This show contains examples of:

  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Sorci, who looks quite a bit like David from The Lost Boys.
  • BSOD Song: "Encore", in which Jonathan realizes Mina's infidelity (along with confronting his own) and has a bit of a breakdown.
  • The Cover Changes The Meaning: Most of the songs are original to the show, but the (eventually cut) "╔teins la lumiere" is a recontextualized cover of an early-90s French rock hit, with an extended sample of "Super Heroes" from Rocky Horror thrown in for good measure.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Poison, who's also a Big Beautiful Woman.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The bizarre 3D-movie Dream Ballet between Dracula and Mina in Act II.
  • The Dead Can Dance: Dracula communicates solely through this trope! In addition to this, nearly every song includes a whole ensemble of dancing vampires.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted in that unlike in the book, the Brides don't rape Jonathan- they seduce him, and he responds with genuine enthusiasm.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Satine.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: All four main vampires. Dracula looks pretty much like the Nightman.
  • Fiery Redhead: Lucy, as played by the lovely Ana´s Delva.
  • Guardian Angel: Mina has one, who encourages her to redeem Dracula's soul.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mina, as well as her Guardian Angel.
  • Horned Hairdo: Satine, except during "En Transe...ylvanie."
  • Kill It with Fire: Poor Lucy's fate after being turned into a vampire.
  • The Ophelia: Lucy as a vampire, in stark contrast to the book.
  • Pet the Dog: Dracula takes pity on a one-legged beggar named Tom while he's in London, recruiting the boy as his newest helper after witnessing a crowd relentlessly bullying him. How good for Tom this actually is is debatable, but Dracula seems to at least mean well.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Poison, a grown woman vampire who carries around an identically-dressed doll and affects a cloying, childish manner when she's not summoning the forces of darkness or mocking religion.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Sorci, Poison and Satine.
  • Villain Song: Pretty much everything Dracula's minions sing, with the exception of Satine's first solo "Qui peut-le juger?" ("Who Can Judge Him?"), which is a compassionate love ballad in which she wishes she and Dracula could save each other rather than his chasing mortal girls.
  • The Voiceless: Dracula, literally, due to his vow of silence, and Mina figuratively, in that she doesn't sing any songs and only has spoken lines (her relationship with Dracula being conveyed through a series of pas de deux).