Since the 1990s, Kunze is creating original musicals in his own style. In September 1992, his musical Elisabeth
, about the life of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, opened at Vienna's Theater an der Wien (music by Sylvester Levay). The show ran in Vienna for more than six years and was immediately regarded as the rebirth of the contemporary continental musical theater in Europe. It was soon exported to other countries, such as Japan, Hungary, Sweden, Holland and Germany.
Collaborating with Roman Polanski (director) and Jim Steinman (composer),
Kunze wrote his first English libretto and lyrics for the musical, Dance of the Vampires
. In October 1997, a German version opened at the Viennese Raimund Theater. On 3 March 2000, the show was transferred to Stuttgart, Germany. In December 2003, it opened in Hamburg, where it ran for another three years before opening in Berlin. The show also reached Broadway, where, despite Kunze's protests, an unauthorized version ran, for three months. It is currently running in Warsaw, Stuttgart, Vienna, Budapest and Tokyo.
Kunze's Mozart! (musical)
(music: Sylvester Levay; director: Harry Kupfer), dramatizing the famous composer's life, premiered in October 1999 in Vienna (Theater an der Wien). It continues to play and run in Hamburg, Germany; Karlstad, Sweden; Tokyo, Japan; and Budapest, Hungary.
In 2006, two new Michael Kunze musicals opened. While Rebecca (musical)
, based on Daphne du Maurier's famous novel, premiering on 28 September at Vienna's Raimund Theater, became another hit, Marie Antoinette
disappointed. The latter show, dramatizing the events of the French Revolution, opened first in Tokyo and then in 2008, in Bremen, Germany. Both productions, though praised by critics, were financial failures.
In September 2009, Kunze gave the keynote speech at Second European Conference of the Musical Theater Educators Alliance International, "A Tale of Two Cities", in Hamburg, Germany.
His musicals are considered the foundation of a new genre in contemporary musical theater, called the Drama Musical. Its dramatic structure integrates elements of the film structure into the classic two-act drama form.
- 56 gold records
- 23 platinum records
- Grammy Award for Fly, Robin, Fly, music by Sylvester Levay (1975)
- Paul-Lincke-Ring (1989)
- Goldene Feder des Deutschen Textdichter-Verbandes (1991)
- Heinz-Bolten-Baeckers-Preis of the GEMA-Stiftung (1993)
- Musical of the Year Award for Mozart! (musical) (2000)
- Musical of the Year Award for Elisabeth (2001)
- ECHO Lifetime Award (2005)
- Musical of the Year Award for Rebecca (musical) (2007)
- German Music Authors' Awards (2010)
- 1980 – "I Love My Wife" German version (Theater Oberhausen)
- 1981 – "Evita" German version (Theater an der Wien)
- 1983 – "Cats" German version (Theater an der Wien)
- 1985 – "Le Cochon" (Le Cochon qui voulait maigrir) German version (Burgtheater Vienna)
- 1985 – "Song and Dance" German version (Deutsches Theater, Munich)
- 1986 – "A Chorus Line" German version (Raimundtheater)
- 1986 – "Little Shop of Horrors" German version (Szene Wien)
- 1987 – "Wodka-Cola" (Leave it to Me) German version (Staatstheater Stuttgart)
- 1988 – "The Phantom of the Opera" German version (Theater an der Wien)
- 1988 – "Avos!" German version (Stadttheater, Grosses Haus, Freiburg)
- 1989 – "Czechow" German version (Theaterfestival Konstanz)
- 1990 – "Into the Woods" German version (Stadttheater, Heilbronn)
- 1991 – "Follies" German version (Theater des Westens, Berlin)
- 1992 – "Dorian Gray" German version (Stadttheater, Heilbronn)
- 1993 – "Assassins" German version (Stadttheater, Heilbronn)
- 1993 – "Kiss of the Spider Woman" German version (Raimundtheater)
- 1995 – "City of Angels" German version (Stadttheater, Heilbronn)
- 1995 – "Sunset Boulevard" German version (Rhein-Main-Theater, Niedernhausen)
- 1996 – "Aspects of Love" German version (Staatsoperette, Dresden)
- 1999 – "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" German version (Musicaltheater Berlin)
- 2001 – "The Lion King" German version (Hafentheater Hamburg)
- 2002 – "Mamma Mia!" German version (Operettenhaus Hamburg)
- 2003 – "Wicked" German version (Palladiumtheater Stuttgart)
- 1991 – "Hexen Hexen" (Sylvester Levay) Deutschhof, Heilbronn, 15 June
- 1992 – Elisabeth (Levay) Theater an der Wien, 3 September
- 1997 – Dance of the Vampires (Jim Steinman) Raimund Theater, 4 October
- 1999 – Mozart! (musical) (Levay) Theater an der Wien, 2 October
- 2006 – Marie Antoinette (Levay) Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, 7 January
- 2006 – Rebecca (musical)'(Levay) Raimund Theater, Vienna, 3 September
- 2014 – Lady Bess (musical)'(Levay) Imperial Theater, Tokyo, 13 April
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