Jim Steinman’s ‘Bat Out of Hell: The Musical’ Books 2017 Premiere
Forty years after it arrived in record stores, Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out of Hell will make the leap to the stage.
Bat Out of Hell — The Musical, a stage production featuring songs from the original Bat Out of Hell record as well as its 1993 follow-up, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, has announced a June 5, 2017, premiere at the London Coliseum, the start of a limited season run that’s scheduled to conclude July 22. Premieres for the show are scheduled to take place at the Manchester Opera House between Feb. 17 and April 8.
According to a press release, the box office for the show will open to the public on Nov. 3, and in celebration, the production has arranged a live performance by the cast outside the Coliseum. Ticket prices are listed as starting at from £15; for more detailed information about showtimes and purchasing passes, fans can visit the official Bat Out of Hell — The Musical website.
The musical, which promises “a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland,” follows the story of “Strat, the forever young leader of the Lost,” who “has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian.” Songs incorporated into the storyline include “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 Steinman compositions, “What Part of My Body Hurts the Most” and “Not Allowed to Love.”
Although Meat Loaf is not directly involved in the production, it has his support. “I love Jimmy,” he told Billboard when the show was announced in September. “He and I have been friends and worked together for over 40 years, so it’s incredible for me to see his dream of over 50 years finally come to fruition.”
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