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For some reason, musicals about vampires had a huge run of popularity at the turn of the millennium. The ones that made it to Broadway flopped, and it's become common knowledge that Vampire Musicals don't work.


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  • In this as in so many other things, Jack Kirby was ahead of his time. In Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, rogue DNA Project scientist Dabney Donovan created an artificial miniature planet called Transilvane and populated it with vampires and werewolves by exposing it to horror films. Superman tried to fix it by playing Oklahoma!. Unfortunately we never got to see the result...

  • In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the main character wants to make a Dracula musical with puppets. He ends up doing it and we get to see just how awesome it really is.
    • At the end he explains that he realised that he should play the thing for comedy instead of angst, possibly Lampshade Hanging this trope.
    • There actually is a Dracula musical with puppets, a Quebecois production that subsequently toured around Europe to blockbuster sales and is called "Dracula, Entre l'Amour et la Mort". It's set in the future and there's heroin and leather and, well, puppets.
  • Suck: Vampires Rock is not exactly a musical, but it is a film about a rock band hitting it big after their bassist becomes a vampire and starts to turn the rest of the band, so obviously there are a lot of performances throughout.
  • Rockula, naturally.
  • Guy Maddin's Dracula ballet Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary.

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  • Dracula Spectacular.
  • Dracula, el musical is one of the most important Argentine musicals. It was written and directed by Pepe Cibrián, with music by Ángel Mahler and produced by Tito Lectoure.
  • Vampire operas are nothing new — for example, Marschner's Der Vampyr (premiered 1828); however, while this one is still performed occasionally, vampire operas aren't hugely popular.
    • The Dracula Diary is modern chamber opera by Robert Moran, concerning a vampire opera diva and her hapless impresario.
  • There were actualy four vampire Sera Myu musicals. The first swapped out the Death Busters for Dracula, a sequel, a re-make of the sequel (which is the one that is considered part of the arc) and another sequel.
  • Apparently, a musical based on Angel was recently performed in Tel Aviv of all places.
  • The Cure, an Our Vampires Are Different musical in the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
  • The original European Tanz Der Vampire in that it is a vampire musical. The trope of being terrible on the other hand is subverted, the musical being one of the most well-received musicals of European theatre and even being popular in Japan. Its spectacular failure on Broadway resulted in the executives now being even more careful about what to allow during a new installation to keep the musical from failing ever again.
  • Lampshaded in Gutenberg! TheMusical!, which is partially about writing musicals.
  • Dracula The Musical is a Swedish variation. A small production but a huge hit with all the performances during its limited run being sold out. Note that it was marketed as comedy, but while having humor, it is pretty bleak.
  • Dracula: A Love Stronger Than Death, a French Rock Opera version that opened in Paris in 2011. It was a modest success, with a TV broadcast and a national tour, but didn't do well enough for the show to be released on DVD (which is otherwise fairly standard in France).
  • AKB Kagekidan Infinity stars the members of female idol group AKB48, and is about a high school student who meets a vampire claiming that she is his lover.
  • Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki stars members of Hello! Project as gothic vampire girls living in a secluded garden.
  • Dracula, Entre l'Amour et la Mort is a Québécois musical staged in 2006.
  • Drakula, a Hungarian musical based on the famous vampire story.
  • A musical adaptation of Vampire Knight ran twice in 2015. It follows the original plot of Vampire Knight up to the death of Shizuka Hio. It was an all-female cast; Nogizaka46 member Wakatsuki Yumi portrayed Yuki, danso/cross-dressing model Root portrayed Zero, and visual-kei vocalist Akira portrayed Kaname, as well as performed the two original theme songs for both shows.
  • I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night deals with a couple having to spend the night with a Monster Mash including Count Dracula.

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Alternative Title(s): Vampire Musical


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