Bat Out of Hell – The Musical – final extension takes run to 22 August

Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington in Bat Out of Hell – The Musical at the London Coliseum. Picture: Specular

The producers of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical have announced a further extension to the run at the London Coliseum this summer. The production officially opened in London’s West End last night (Tuesday), and, due to overwhelming public demand, a further two weeks of extra performances have been added.  This will be the final extension – the limited season must end on 22 August 2017.

Four decades in the making, the theatrical incarnation of Steinman and Meat Loaf’s iconic rock album made its long-awaited debut earlier this year with a preview run at the Manchester Opera House.

Directed by innovative theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, Bat Out 0f Hell – The Musical has a book by Steinman and Stuart Beattie, music and lyrics by Steinman, with choreography by Emma Portner, musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed, set design 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, casting by David Grindrod Associates and musical direction by Robert Emery.

The show stars American actor Andrew Polec who makes his UK stage debut in the central role of Strat alongside Show Boat’s Christina Bennington as his love interest Raven.

Key roles are played by Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Aran MacRae, Danielle Steers, Dom Hartley-Harris, Giovanni Spano, and Patrick Sullivan Blake.

The cast also includes: Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Jordan Lee Davies, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Isaac Edwards, Phoebe Hart, Linus Henriksson, Rosalind James, Kalene Jeans, Michael Naylor, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, Courtney Stapleton and Ruben Van keer.

One of the biggest selling albums of all time, the turbo-charged 1977 collaboration between songwriter Steinman and vocalist Meat Loaf, forms the basis for a major stage show.

Although the ground-breaking album is the inspiration for the new show, it will actually mark a return to the work’s original genre – musical theatre.

Conceived as a futuristic Peter Pan-style piece entitled Neverland, Steinman’s creation actually started life as a musical written for a workshop in 1974.

Although the piece was performed once at the Kennedy Center Music Theatre Lab three years later, Steinman and his friend Meat Loaf had already decided three of the show’s songs could form the basis for an album they hoped to record together.

Billed as a ‘romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love’, the production features more than 20 of Steinman’s distinctive songs.

Steinman’s previous forays into musical theatre include his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Whistle Down the Wind, and his musical Tanz der Vampire (Dance of the Vampire) based on Roman Polanski’s cult classic The Fearless Vampire Killers which was recently revived in Berlin, St Petersburg and Moscow.

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.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for Bat Out of Hell at the London Coliseum are available HERE

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