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BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL: win a pair of VIP tickets
40 tickets to be won to celebrate 40 years since the album's release
The cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical:
The cast & creative team of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical
Andrew Polec as Strat
Christina Bennington as Raven
Rob Fowler as Falco
Sharon Sexton as Sloane
Also starring will be:
Aran MacRae as Tink
Danielle Steers as Zahara
Dom Hartley-Harris as Jagwire
Giovanni Spano as Ledoux
Patrick Sullivan as Blake
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
Book, Music & Lyrics
Direction by Jay Scheib
Choreography by Emma Portner
Musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed
Set design is by Jon Bausor
Costume design by Meentje Nielsen
Video design by Finn Ross
Lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe
Sound design by Gareth Owen
Orchestration by Steve Sidwell
Musical direction by Robert Emery
Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell - The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox, Tony Smith, and produced in association with Bat Out of Hell Holding Limited.
Q AWARDS 2016
Holding Out For A Hero? We've got one! Meat wins Stubhub Q Hero Award, presented by the cast of the Bat Musical
True hero: Meat Loaf was making a welcome return to the limelight when he attended The Stubhub Q Awards 2016 at The Roundhouse in London on Wednesday.
Upon accepting the award, Meat Loaf left the audience moved with his passionate speech.
Fighting back tears, he said: 'Thank you guys, you are so nice. A few years ago Q had me on their cover and they asked if I was the new king of rock and roll, a hero. Let's think about that for a second.
'What is a hero? I know we all have them, but a hero is someone who does something good for someone every day.
'You do whatever you can to bring love back into this world, because folks we need it… Thank you all very much.'
THE STUBHUB Q AWARDS 2016 - FULL LIST OF WINNERS
- Q Breakthrough Act – Jack Garratt
- Q Best Track – Bastille (Good Grief)
- Q Best Video – PJ Harvey (The Community of Hope)
- Q Best Album – The 1975 (I Like It When You Sleep…)
- Q Best Live – U2
- Q Best Solo – James Bay
- Q Best Act in the World Today – Muse
- Q Innovation in Sound Award – MIA
- Q Hero – Meat Loaf
- Q Classic Songwriter – Ray Davies
- Q Hall of Fame – Madness
- Q Classic Album – The Charlatans (Tellin’ Stories)
- Q Gibson Les Paul Award – The Edge
- Q Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blondie
Bat Out Of Hell to premier in Manchester
Tickets for the opening run of Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell are set to go on sale tomorrow, July 1st. The initial run will be at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England. Show dates begin February 17, 2017 and run through April. As further information becomes available, it can be found on jimsteinman.com
Jim Steinman's Thoughts on Braver Than We Are
To be honest, writing and then working on every step of our new album, BRAVER THAN WE ARE, was at first just a "gamble" for me. No idea what to expect, but NOW, hearing it in its entirety---I can honestly say it's one of the GREATEST works of ART I've ever been involved in! It's astonishingly avant garde in the best possible way; experimental beyond belief; visionary; operatic; theatrical, SO SUBVERSIVE TO ANY ROCK OR POP of the last 20 years, Meat is HEROIC is his ravaged voice, tragically inspiringly heroic; I adore Paul's production; LOVE Justin's amazing keyboads and background vocals; It's a super surreal parade of almost towering expressionism; and overall a musical, not just a rock, but a MUSICAL work of genius!! (I didn't arrange or produce; my first song EVER is here in WHO NEEDS THE YOUNG and my latest, the extended bridge of SPEAKING IN TONGUES WHICH went from a fun dick joke to a profound reflection on life itself! And if I wasn't to be cremated, those are THE WORDS I'd want on my tombstone!!! (Obviously, SOMEONE would demand an edit--so I'd need a mausoleum! ) I.AM.SO.FUCKING.PROUD. You can't hear it till mid September, unless you heard iTUNES, who mistakenly "leaked" the entire album just on Wednesday - minus SKULL OF YOUR COUNTRY, the second song I ever wrote in 1968!! Dunno why that wasn't included but suffice to say, it's as subversive NOW as it was back then!! Nothing amazes me more than to end up with a record that, for me, stands with the top ten recordings of ALL TIME!! - Jim Steinman
Pre-orders are now being taken for Meat Loaf's eagerly anticipated Braver Than We Are release, slated for a September 16th drop. This album features ALL songs by Jim Steinman and includes the title track, Who Needs The Young and Speaking In Tongues, among other collaborations. Global reaction to the news of the album and the cover art has been immediate and unanimously celebratory!
DREAMS DO COME TRUE, MY DARLING!
Jeremy Jordan, Ellen Foley & More Star In TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN At 54 Below, 5/5
A total eclipse on Broadway!
Legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer, internationally recognized theatrical rock pioneer Jim Steinman, will be celebrated in a new 54 Below show honoring his multiple #1 songs and albums at 54 Below next month, titled TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN, with the starry cast of the evening announced earlier today.
The cast of TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN at 54 Below includes stage and screen superstar Jeremy Jordan and iconic original BAT OUT OF HELL vocalist Ellen Foley, plus several other popular performers including Constantine Maroulis, Josh Young, Justin Sargent, Kate Rockwell, Ariana DeBose, Jessica Hendy, Tyce Green and newcomer Christopher Lee Viljoen.
The official description of TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN is as follows: "'If you don't go over the top, you can't see what's on the other side.' Grammy Award-winning composer Jim Steinman is the only artist in history to write and produce the simultaneous #1 and #2 song on the 'Billboard' charts, as well as possess writing and producing credits on three of the best-selling albums ever made. Now, rock's most theatrical personality is celebrated by Broadway's biggest voices, bringing his iconic songs to the 54 Below stage. The evening will feature performances by: Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan ('The Last 5 Years,' Newsies, 'Smash'), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical), Justin Matthew Sargent (Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, Pippin, Motown), Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, 'American Idol'), Jessica Hendy (Radio City Spring Spectacular), Tyce Green (LMNOP), Christopher Lee Viljoen (54 Sings 'Chess') and Ellen Foley (Meat Loaf's duet partner on "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"). Featuring international smash hits such as "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," "It's All Coming Back To Me Now," "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", with special costume and design elements created by international celebrated haute couture designer Asher Levine, plus jaw-dropping new arrangements especially created for this one night only event, this is the epic rock theatrical event of the year. With a setlist crafted by the composer himself, the evening has been conceived by Jim Steinman and Pat Cerasaro, who will serve as director, and will be produced and music directed by Benjamin Rauhala."
TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN will occur on May 5 at 7 and 9:30 PM. Ticket information is available here.
Le Bal Des Vampires
Tanz der Vampire, Roman Polanski's hugely successful musical (featuring epic music by Jim Steinman) opens October 16th as Le Bal Des Vampires Le Musical at the Theatre Mogador in Paris, France.
Visit their website for news, ticket information and a look at this spectacular production. Join me in wishing the entire cast and crew all the best for a long and wonderful run in the City of Love & Vampires!