Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : London production booking extends to January 2019
The West End production of Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has extended its booking period from October 2018 through to January 5th 2019!
The West End production of Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has extended its booking period from October 2018 through to January 5th 2019!
To promote the upcoming German production of Bat Out Of Hell in Oberhausen, Germany, a promotional tour of the NRW region took place, on the 26-27th July 2018.
In sweltering heat, the Bat Truck (carrying a massive portable stage), escorted by a fleet of bikers on Harley Davidson motorcycles, made their way around the NRW region - to Essen, Bochum, Oberhausen, Dortmund and Düsseldorf - over two days. Select cast members (and musical director Robert Emery) put on a free show of around 20 minutes of solid Bat Out Of Hell songs at each venue, thrilling crowds at each stop.
Full footage of each promo show is available to watch on the "Bat Out Of Hell - Das Musical" page on Facebook.
Official Website (for tickets & info)
MASSIVE NEWS! Bat Out Of Hell The Musical Original Cast Recording is now available to download / stream on iTunes, apple music, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and direct from Ghostlight Records.
(You can still buy a physical copy of the CD in person from the Dominion Theatre, or online from Amazon UK.)
Digital Release – July 6th
CD Release coming soon
The award winning musical based on the classic albums releases its soundtrack
Jim Steinman’s 40 year rock n roll dream comes true
Jim Steinman - "BAT OUT OF HELL what's that? Oh yeah. I remember now, it's been a long time getting this show up and running. I couldn't be happier. And now to have the Cast Album available! I guess Rock N Roll Dreams do come Through!!!!"
Bat out of Hell - The Musical proudly releases its original cast recording, continuing the extraordinary rock n roll legacy of the some of the most successful records in music.
Written by Jim Steinman, Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide after its 1977 release, the fourth biggest selling studio album of all time. 16 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). The story of the original album is as epic as its music, involving a long search for a record label that would release such an ambitious album, finding a combustible young singer called Meat Loaf capable of singing the high octane songs and ultimately scoring a huge hit against the odds. But the album was also originally written as a musical by Steinman, making this cast recording the realisation of his 40 year dream.
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 Bat Out Of Hell album Unique to such a challenging album, new and incredibly talented performers were required to recreate and reimagine Steinman’s opus.
The results are stunning, with incredible performances by a young cast, headed by Andrew Polec as Strat, Christina Bennington as Raven and vocal powerhouse Danielle Steers as Zahara. Favourites including Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise By Dashboard Light, You Took The Word Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) and Dead Ringer For Love are brought to life alongside Bat Out Of Hell and I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
There are also two previously unreleased songs that appear in the musical - What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love. The winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017, Bat out of Hell – The Musical wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2017, and has been seen by nearly 500,000 people to date. It began previews at London’s Dominion Theatre on Monday 2 April and is currently booking to 27 October 2018. 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. Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian.
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor and Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod CDG, fight direction by Stuart Boother and musical direction by Robert Emery. The German language premier of the exceptional rock spectacle, will be held at the Stage Metronom Theatre, Oberhasuen, Germany in November 2018. Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox & Tony Smith.
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical opens at the Stage Metronom Theater Oberhausen, in November 2018. Tickets are on sale now!
Bat Out of Hell - The Musical is proud to be partnering with the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games.
As part of the year-long sponsorship partnership, the musical has made an initial financial contribution to assist the foundation in its transformational work on behalf of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans.
To launch the partnership, an exclusive charity gala performance of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will be held for Invictus Games competitors. This also includes hundreds of tickets being made for veterans and their families to see the show – including transport funds for those outside of London – and private tours, family theatre workshops and a special employment programme to assist wounded, injured or sick serving or ex-service personnel interested in careers in theatre.
If the announcement video above isn't working, or you'd just like a copy to keep, feel free to download it here
Jim spent a long time trying to think of an opening night gift that would be both meaningful and in keeping with Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical. As we brainstormed I recalled a long interview Jim gave in 2003 for an Ultimate Albums special on VH1. He spoke for nearly four hours but they only used a small clip on TV. As a "thank you" for having helped them source material, the producer gave us a copy on VHS tape to use in a non-commercial way sometime in the future. We hadn't, up until a couple of weeks ago, ever transferred the tape to disc. When we watched it back we knew we had the opening night gift in our hands. Jim titled it "The Lost…Interview" and I added "Words by Jim Steinman" as a twist on his iconic album credit.
Anyone even remotely interested in Bat Out Of Hell, Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf, the music industry, songs, art, culture, life or love should be thrilled with this. Jim's mind is a rare and beautiful thing and he speaks openly on many topics you, the London cast of Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, will be familiar with: the jugular nature of love, the importance of making people feel the extremes, the joy of "going over the top" and how Obsidian and The Lost came to be. You'll also hear about how Jim's genius, Meat Loaf's enormous talent and David Sonenberg's unwavering belief all worked together to breath life into the vision you all, so superbly, recreate nightly.
Jim always says this album "belongs to everyone." That's true but it needs a conduit and you are it's lifeline. You are now the jugular vein from which both young and old hearts feed.
Jim asked that I "thank them all without naming names. Everyone is important and I needed them all for it to work."
No life is the same after "Songs by Jim Steinman" and no life is the same after seeing Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical. You are part of a continuum that started in Jim's mind as a teenager and will outlive us all. Bat Out Of Hell lives wherever love lives, wherever youth lives and wherever passion rules.
Congratulations to each of you individually but especially, all of you together.
Godspeed & Peace to You
Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell the musical opens at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road, London on April 2nd.
If you'd like a taste, there was a press launch gig on March 14th 2018, at the American International Church. You can watch the official show promotional filming of it, with multiple angles and soundboard audio:
Or alternatively, if it all seems a bit weird not to hear the applause, you can watch the Theatre-News.com version with a fixed camera and audio taken from within the audience:
Dates are gradually being revealed of Bat Out Of Hell the musical going on a U.S. tour - end 2018 throughout 2019. This is not the full list - more venues and dates are being revealed as they are confirmed!
So far we have:
|DETROIT, MICHIGAN||Fox Theatre||November 6 - 17, 2018||info|
|DENVER, COLORADO||Denver Center for the Performing Arts||February 6 - 17, 2019||info|
|DES MOINES, IOWA||Des Moines Civic Center||February 26 - March 3, 2019||info|
|ST LOUIS, MISSOURI||The Fabulous Fox Theater||March 5 - 10, 2019||info|
|WASHINGTON D.C||The National Theater||May 7 - 26, 2019||info|
|CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA||Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center||May 28 - June 9, 2019||info|
|ST PAUL, MINNESOTA||Ordway Music Theater||June 12 - 23, 2019||info|
|DALLAS, TEXAS||Winspear Opera House||June 27 – July 7, 2019||info|
Casting call advert spotted for a German version of Bat Out Of Hell the musical - auditions start in April for the show to open in "Fall 2018" @ Metronom Theater Oberhausen
The new cast has been announced for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London from April! The major changes are a new Tink and a new Jagwire. There's also a new cover Strat! Full details:
Strat ................................... Andrew Polec
Raven ........................... Christina Bennington
Falco ..................................... Rob Fowler
Sloane ................................. Sharon Sexton
Zahara ............................... Danielle Steers
Jagwire ............................... Wayne Robinson
Blake ............................... Patrick Sullivan
Ledoux ................................ Giovanni Spanó
Tink ............................... Alex Thomas-Smith
Alternate / cover Strats: Simon Gordon and Jordon Gage
Aston Newman Hannington
Charlotte Anne Steen
Below is a message Jim shared with the cast of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical on their opening night in London. He asked that it was also shared here, now.
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Most kids are told two lies that fuck them up something terrible:
Lie #1 "You have to grow up."
Lie #2 "Life is short."
The latter bolsters the former. Neither are true and believing in either (or both) will hurt you. We all grow old, with a bit of good fortune, but that doesn't mean we are required to view the world differently than we did in our younger years. Life is also far from short. Don't needlessly rush toward an imaginary "finish line" dictated by convention and rule. Determine your dream and constantly do things that move you in it's direction while taking time to enjoy the road along the way.
Some years ago I was asked to musicalize this book, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Although the project was not realized, I was profoundly moved by some of the incredible similarities it shares with my own vision and message, albeit in an entirely different format. By total coincidence both Saint-Exupéry and I utilize a crash to begin our narrative, the burning stars above to symbolize life, a rose and an important "yes or no" question to be answered by the audience. Andrew Polec bears a striking resemblance to The Little Prince so, yet another coincidence was recently revealed to me - my Strat and Saint-Exupéry's Prince look like brothers! That's a large part of the reason the book has been on my mind and why I share it with you now.
Notice the similar messages that form the fundamental basis of ALL great art:
Love with your whole heart
Form bonds and be loyal to them
Do not judge
Be open to the secrets life will share with you on your journey
Love supersedes death
Grow spiritually but don't "grow up"
My gratitude towards each of you is beyond even my power of expression. You are the beautiful friends I have somehow always known and been waiting for. I thank every member of the cast, creative team, production and management from the bottom of my heart. You have made my dream a reality. You have made me happy and proud. I want, wish and pray the same for each of you. When you need it the most, like I do now, may your rock n roll dream come through.
ps - This book is in paperback form not for thrift or economy. I would have much preferred to gift you the hardback. This version, however, is the original translation and it's no longer sold in hardcover. It is so much more poetic and beautiful than the current translation on sale now. Another lesson as to the care needed when approaching a classic piece of art, loved and taken personally the worldover. And another debt of gratitude from me to all of you. The fact that Bat Out Of Hell's deepest and most passionate fans love and embrace Bat Out Of Hell The Musical is a testament to how poetic and beautiful our translation has been. We've done the near impossible, my friends - faithfully translated a classic for new generations to discover. For that, I thank you.
Have you checked out The Dream Engine section of this website recently?
The Bat Out Of Hell musical cast album is up for an award - the Curtain Up Show best album award (UK musicals).
If you happen to be in the UK there's also a £100 "TodayTix" theatre voucher up for grabs for voting. Good luck!
Voting is open until 5.00pm GMT on Wednesday 10 January 2018, and winners will be announced live on Resonance FM at 4.00pm GMT on Friday 12 January 2018.
Tickets for Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London are now OPEN.
The run starts on April 2nd and shows are 19:30 (7:30pm) Mon - Sat with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 14:30 (2:30pm).
Official website ticket info page
Box office phone (the expensive number): 0845 200 7981 - calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras available 24 hours a day.
Box office phone (the slightly cheaper premium-rate number): 0845 200 7982 - calls cost 2p per minute plus network extras.
Box office phone (the normal-rate number): 02072920900 - normal London phone charges, open during office hours only.
Sorry for not posting ticket details on Monday. The queuing system for tickets that day was very, very busy. Some folks were in online queues 1500+ people long. They sold a lot of tickets though - they took in £350,000 and broke the box office record for first day sales at the Dominion!
Bat Out Of Hell has won the award for Best Musical at the 63rd annual ES Theatre Awards in London, beating shows such as Dreamgirls, Follies, and An American In Paris. The award was voted for by the public (yay, go us!).
The ceremony took place last night at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the award was graciously received by Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, who had flown back to England from Toronto to receive the award.
"We're so delighted to be representing what is really 60... 70... 80... 90 hard working, incredible people of this team. So it's really a 'Well Done' for all of them and it's fantastic to be here", Christina said, speaking on BBC Radio 2.
"Yeah, all their blood, sweat and tears, and it's a huge, huge thank you to all of our fans - I mean, throughout the generations. They have been so lovely in supporting this show, singing at the top of their lungs when they come to see the show" - Andrew Polec continued.
Ken Bruce (host): "But there's something about the music of Jim Steinman. Did know much about his songs before you took part?"
Both: "Definitely", "Yeah"
Christina: "I think what's wonderful is - I heard the music of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf through my parents. It was driving anthems and that kind of thing, and I think we see that reflected in our audiences; we get people who this music means so much to them and they have nostalgia for it because it's been 40+ years that they've been listening. And we have 18 year-olds who come and they relate to it. We have multi-generational family trips. And that's what's so incredible. This music reaches out and grabs you by the heart and soul and gut, no matter what age you are."
"It's a huge honour for all of the cast to be given that responsibility, and especially to be taking the baton from the legend that is Meat Loaf. Everyone has such a love for him and his voice and his energy, and Andrew along with the rest of the cast have got that challenge of giving it their own spin"
Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has been nominated in eight categories at the WhatsOnStage awards.
Here they are in the order they were announced:
Voting is open now until January 31st. Show your support and vote for BAT OUT OF HELL!
Bat Out Of Hell the Musical returns to London, taking residence in the Dominion Theatre running from 2nd April 2018 onwards.
Tickets go on sale from Monday 4th December at 12pm (UK time)
According to Baz Bamigboye (source):
'It's a good love story,' said Michael Cohl, the rock promoter turner theatrical producer, speaking from his office in New York.
He and his associates took the ENO production to Toronto, where it's currently playing to packed houses. He hopes it will tour North America later next year, perhaps revisiting Toronto again.
Cohl and Julian Stoneman, the show's general manager, said negotiations have begun, with the hopes that Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, who originated the roles of Strat and Raven, will play them at the Dominion.
Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton, who played Raven's parents, are also in discussions about the West End return.
Nominations are open for the 18th annual WhatsOnStage awards. "The only major UK theatre awards in which you, the audience, are the judges"
Does that sound to you like an invitation to vote for Bat Out Of Hell and its cast and creatives in every category possible? Me too! Let's get voting!
After the nomination period, voting opens December 1st and closes January 31st. Winners announced 18th February 2018!
A new Bonnie Tyler compilation is coming out on November 24th - a 2 CD collection called "Bonnie Tyler - Remixes and Rarities"
Label: Cherry Red Records
Pre-order direct from Cherry Red (note: it's also available from the usual music retailers)
Source: Bell Media press release:
Sixteen more performances will be added, all during the high-demand holiday season, December 27 to January 7. To accommodate the holidays, a special schedule that includes more matinees has been added.
Tickets to the new extension performances will go on public sale on Monday, October 30 through mirvish.com, over the phone at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333, and in-person at the Ed Mirvish Theatre box office, 244 Victoria St.