Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical and to celebrate there was a special live performance, fronted by Meat Loaf, by the cast outside the London Coliseum in St Martin’s Lane, in London’s West End.
The long awaited musical moves into the London Coliseum next June and will play at the venue until July 22. Out of town previews are booked for the Manchester Opera House from February 17 to April 8.
Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, the cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will be led by newcomer Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, with Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Aran MacRae, Danielle Steers, Dom Hartley-Harris, Giovanni Spano, and Patrick Sullivan.
The company also includes Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Jordan Lee Davies, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Phoebe Hart, Rosalind James, Michael Naylor, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, Courtney Stapleton and Ruben Van keer.
The genesis of the Bat Out Of Hell album occurred across a number of years. One of the songs was written while Steinman was an undergraduate at Amherst College in the late 1960s.
In the 1970s, Steinman wrote a theatrical musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C. in 1974 and featured many of the songs that would ultimately appear on the now iconic Bat Out Of Hell album, which was released in 1977.
Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. Sixteen years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
For the stage musical, Steinman has incorporated songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.
Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical runs at the London Coliseum from June 5 – July 22, 2017.