In my experience in the arts, there are musicals that I dare to call "perfect".
The "perfect" musical is one that has the right balance of humor and drama, entertaining characters, tunes that plague you long after you've seen the show, and don't have The Hoff involved. Some of my choices for "perfect" musicals are Jesus Christ Superstar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, and -at the risk of sounding like a real wet blanket- The Phantom of the Opera (every middle-aged woman's favorite musical), and Les Miserables. Jekyll and Hyde might be one, but Frank Wildhorn keeps bloody changing it.
Tanz Der Vampires or Dance of the Vampires is another such "perfect" musical. Based on the Roman Polanski film entitled The Fearless Vampire Killers, it tells the tale of a young apprentice and his eccentric, vampire-seeking professor companion and their encounter with an odd little town that is being terrorized by vampires. The naive young man falls for the town beauty who is, in turn, drawn to the vampire count Krolock who really knows how to live (for an undead guy).
The music, by Jim Steinman, captures the gothic elements of the story beautifully, as well as the eccentric silliness of the townsfolk or the playfulness of an amorous homosexual vampire. I don't care that he re-used some of his more well-known tunes (Total Eclipse of the Heart), although it was a little sensitive that he re-used a tune that he had composed alongside his good friend Ray Fox for a musical they had written together (The Confidence Man) as it was their baby. It doesn't seem to me that Steinman does any of that in malice, he simply knows a good tune when he's written one and I would hate for such beautiful lesser known tunes to fade into obscurity. All in all, the quality of the music is consistent, which is to say- excellent. I'm very much a fan of rock opera, and this is a prime example.
What never ceases to amaze me is how erotic the count was as played by the late Steve Barton. I can't say there are many songs or music pieces that actually inspire a physical reaction in me, but the combination of Steinman's music which strays anywhere between throbbing and caressing, and the growling seductive power of Steve Barton can actually get me squirming in my seat! Forget Marvin Gaye, put Steve Barton singing as Von Krolock and I'm aching!
Phew. Better stop thinking about it that.
I'm sure there are plenty of YouTube sources for clips you can check out, and you may be surprised to see that it has been performed in a number of languages in a number of countries. It's brief existence on the Broadway stage was disastrous as a grave mistake was made (no pun intended). Someone tried to change something that which was already perfect.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go take a cold shower. Or else take a look at my students. Same effect.