|Fan Stories - 4|
When we heard about IJB's casting as alternate 'Graf von Krolock', the leading part of
We went for the show at Saturday afternoon and our first look at the cast screen told us
We knew the show, but have heard Kevin Tarte then - another really great singer. IJB did the show since a very few weeks, we would be able to enjoy the beginnings of his vampire career - a fine thing to do, we thought, and it was, indeed.
We asked ourselves: Would he be able to forget about Erik, the mysterious, dark killer in self-defense, angel of music and night, when turning into the dark demon of night, killer in self-preservation Graf von Krolock?
Well...There are songs in the musical 'Tanz der Vampire' which remind 'Phantom Of The Opera'. There are likely lyrics - about the creature of darkness, the sadness of being an outcaste and so on.
And indeed, when he entered the stage the first time, it seemed a little bit like Erik, the
The whole Part One, whenever we saw IJB, he reminded us of 'POTO'. But then, just the last song of Part One, he somehow changed. His character became more sarcastic, demonic and vampire-like, and when we came back for Part Two, he had changed completely. Nothing about Erik now - just one song a little bit phantom-like: 'Unstillbare Gier', a song likely to 'Music Of The Night'.
We asked for autograph cards in the foyer, and they told us they had none, we ought to ask IJB himself.
Well, okay, why not.
We asked again. They told us he was still inside, so I asked them to tell him someone was waiting (it was very, very cold, and we felt like frozen to death...). They did, and he told them he would need ten more minutes to come.
Well, it lasted nearly half another hour, but it didn't matter - then he came, I asked for my autograph and failed to tell him more about me - the only time he saw me before I had a half-mask on. So it just was impossible for him to recognize me...Sometimes I'm very shy. Too shy...
He signed our program and then went for an interview with another fan we met at the stage door.
And we went home, happy and hungry, for a very late dinner....
'Tanz der Vampire' and a bottle of beer, 06.07.2002
Before we drove to Stuttgart, I went for a bottle of finest beer. A very little brewery in Celle, that's near our little village, had some extraordinary beer for me. I knew IJB likes beer very much...
I don't like throwing flowers on stages - just remember my little disaster when I tried to
It had been very difficult to get tickets for a show he surely would sing his 'Krolock', but
We tried to deliver our beer before the show started, but one and a half hour before the show they told us he had already the make-up on and would not come down now.
Well, okay, we had to wait. Doesn't matter...
It also was a tenderly loving character, roaring with rage and fighting his dark fate of condemnation - yes, you can say, there was nothing he forgot to show about the sparkling mind of Graf von Krolock.
As I said before: IJB just is a very good actor and a really great singer.
We enjoyed a wonderful show that day.
We had seats in the first row - we love to sit in the first row. It's almost easier to join the
But then it was over, and we started the next try to deliver our beer. A little walk to our
Well, okay. Being polite at stage doors seems to be very old-fashioned. I got my autograph (still no own autograph cards for IJB, as it seems) and a very nice smile, then he wrote the other autograph for that obstinate other fan, thanked for the beer and went off.
So now he may know it was me - no really need to tell him when he can read it here...
What do we think now we've seen IJB twice as 'Krolock'?
We think, there is no need for him to do that phantom part again. He was wonderful, great, a heartbreaking romantically suffering phantom, but he is also a fantastic vampire chief. There's always the need of progress, and we think, he did it best, that progress to other characters. Yes, we also would love to see him once again as 'Phantom', but we'll also love to see him in any other part he would like to do.
He is a very good actor and a great singer. We think, whatever he will do next, he'll do it best.
It's over now, the music of the night - but, as we've seen now when he did the 'Krolock', there are always new things to come...