The critically lambasted Dance of the Vampires will end its Broadway run on Saturday, January 25, according to a production spokesperson. It will have played 61 preview and 56 regular performances at the Minskoff Theatre.
Set in Lower Belabartòkovitch, Transylvania, Dance of the Vampires, follows Count Von Krolock, a 19th century vampire whose passion is to win the soul and body of a beautiful 18-year-old virgin, Sarah; but, his un-deadly intentions are upset when a vampire killer arrives. The tuner features music and lyrics by Jim Steinman and a book by David Ives, Steinman and Michael Kunze.
Directed by John Rando and choreographed by John Carrafa, the show stars Michael Crawford, Max von Essen, Mandy Gonzalez, René Auberjonois, Ron Orbach, Leah Hocking, Liz McCartney, Mark Price and Asa Somers.
After an extremely long preview period, Dance of the Vampires opened on Broadway on Monday, December 9 to some of the worst reviews in years. In his Broadway.com Review of the campy goth-rock tuner, Ken Mandelbaum wrote: “For those who found Jekyll & Hyde too intellectually challenging, Dance of the Vampires may be just the thing. A bona fide Eurotrash bonanza, Vampires would surely have been wiser to unpack its bags in the West End or in Las Vegas. It may make one nostalgic for such hallowed Minskoff Theatre fare as Rockabye Hamlet, Got Tu Go Disco, Marilyn: An American Fable, Teddy and Alice, Tom Sawyer, Saturday Night Fever, or even Metro, the Minskoff's last foreign-language import. Needless to say, collectors will have to catch Dance of the Vampires. As the title of one of Krolock's songs puts it, a good nightmare comes so rarely. Don't forget the garlic."