Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : US tour postponed
The remainder of the North American tour of Bat Out Of Hell has been postponed. We will have new dates pending their availability.
The remainder of the North American tour of Bat Out Of Hell has been postponed. We will have new dates pending their availability.
Bat Out Of Hell das Musical opens at the Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen, Germany very soon. Previews open 2 - 7 November and booking is currently open through to the end of May 2019.
Some promotional videos, so you can hear the musicianship going into the German production:
Wo tut mir der Schmerz am meisten weh (What Part Of My Body Hurts The Most) - Willemijn Verkaik / Alex Melcher
Jetzt kommt alles zurück zu mir (It's All Coming Back To Me Now) - Robin Reitsma, Sarah Kornfeld, Willemijn Verkaik & Alex Melcher
BAT OUT OF HELL - Robin Reitsma
The North American tour has begun - in Toronto, Canada. 3 weeks at the Ed Mirvish Theatre and then on to the US!
A taste of what you'll see - here are Andrew Polec and Emily Schultheis performing a (very short version of) For Crying Out Loud on Canadian TV, shortly before the tour started.
The final show for Bat Out Of Hell at London's Dominion Theatre will be on the 5th January 2019. UK fans, and European fans who prefer to see the show in English (rather than German), time is running out for you to see the show locally. Book your tickets, see it while you can.
This is the end of a chapter, not the book… we must remember that as we give ultimate thanks to the UK cast, crew, band, management team etc. etc. that gave us Manchester and two London runs. You all have set the standard other productions will be judged by. BRAVO and THANK YOU!
The cast for the German production of has been announced, and everyone is especially hyped to see Willemijn Verkaik taking on the role of Sloane!
Eagle-eyed Tanz Der Vampire fans may also recognise a few names!
Cast for Bat Out Of Hell at Oberhausen, Germany, 2018 - 2019
Strat .................................. Robin Reitsma
Raven ................................. Sarah Kornfeld
Sloane ............................. Willemijn Verkaik
Falco ................................... Alex Melcher
Tink ................................. Tom van der Ven
Zahara ............................... Aisata Blackman
Jagwire ............................... Benet Monteiro
Ledoux ................................. Michael Moore
Blake ............................ Lorenzo di Girolamo
Walk In Cover Strat/Cover Ledoux - Antonio Calanna
Cover Sloane - Franziska Schuster
Cover Falco, Ensemble - Carl van Wegberg
Cover Raven, Ensemble - Maureen Mac Gillavry
Cover Raven, Ensemble - April van Amelsvoort
Cover Tink, Cover Blake, Ensemble - Sander van Wissen
REST OF ENSEMBLE:
Gonzalo Campos Lopez
Jolijn van de Pol
Anna Julia Rogers
Ida Linnéa Svanberg
Exciting news for North American fans - it's your turn to be bowled over by Andrew Polec as Strat, as he switches from the London production of Bat Out Of Hell to the North American tour - for the remainder of 2018 and through 2019.
@andrewpolec a line from For Crying Out Loud "for giving me a child when my body is old" comes to mind as I try to find the words to thank you for unrelentingly and tirelessly giving your whole soul to @batthemusical these last few years. @AndrewPolec Another lyric "going all the way is just a start" also comes to mind as you depart London to conquer North America. Thank you my Strat, my Superstar for continuing to bring our dream @realmeatloaf to life.
Cast for Canada and USA, 2018 - 2019
Strat ................................... Andrew Polec
Raven ............................... Emily Schultheis
Falco ................................... Bradley Dean
Sloane .................................... Lulu Lloyd
Zahara .................................. Harper Miles
Jagwire ................................. Tyrick Jones
Tink .................................. Avionce Hoyles
(In London, the role of Strat is being taken over by Jordan Luke Gage - who has been playing Strat as an alternate, and appeared daily as an ensemble cast member since February 2018)
The West End production of Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has been nominated in several categories for this year's West End Wilma awards.
Best Supporting Cast Member in a West End Show
Danielle Steers (Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre)
Best West End Show
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical (Dominion Theatre)
Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky (Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre)
Best Performer In A West End Show
Sharon Sexton (Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre)
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE NOMINATED! (I guess they really love Zahara and Sloane, huh?)
Public voting will open online 7 September 2018 at westendwilma.com for theatre lovers to vote for their winners.
Sunday 4 November 2018 (4-5.30pm) marks exactly five years since the first West End Wilma Awards were held at Freedom Bar, in Soho. The following years were hosted at the Hippodrome Casino and The Delfont Room. This year, a special fifth anniversary gala ceremony will be held at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End with 350 specially invited guests and this year the public can come too!
Tickets are on sale priced £20 / £25. 10% of every ticket sold will be donated to the National Autistic Society, helping to create Relaxed Performances of theatre shows, helping to make theatre accessible to all.
If you would like to attend these awards in person, tickets are available now, from here.
Bat Out Of Hell the musical have begun to officially announce North American tour info as each theatre confirms dates.
The tour kicks off in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October 2018, then embarks on a tour around the U.S. through to Summer 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.
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