In her continuing series of “Bat Month” coverage, Rewrite This Story’s Olivia Mitchell catches up with Bat Out of Hell‘s Christina Bennington, who stars as Raven, and Jordan Luke Gage, who alternates in the lead role of Strat with Andrew Polec.
What’s it like going back to the ensemble after playing Strat?
Jordan: Being able to perform two parts each week is a blessing because it keeps the performances fresh for me. Every time I get to play Strat it feels like opening night again which is thrilling. My ensemble track dances more than Strat so it’s nice to have that difference in the shows – one day I get to sing these epic songs and play this larger than life rock star and the next I get to sweat it out in the ensemble.
Which ensemble characters would you like to play?
Christina: Denym and Spinotti. When I grow up, I want to be Isaac Edwards. The way he makes the choreography his own and embellishes and fills in between the steps is inspirational. He’s one of the characters I interact and connect with the most. I’d love to be able to express myself physically the way he does. I also absolutely love Spinotti. Natalie Chua has made her so feisty and interesting. She is an integral part of the Lost – especially as a fighter!
What’s your favourite song to perform as Strat?
Jordan: Ooo tricky question! Obviously, I love performing Bat Out of Hell. The way the song builds allows you to feel like you’re on this crazy adventure which results in totally pouring your heart out on stage and squeezing out every ounce of energy in your body. You feel totally liberated and bare on stage and it’s a beautiful feeling!
I also LOVE For Crying Out Loud. Jim Steinman’s lyrics exude passion and colour and Michael Reed’s arrangement takes you to another world. When I got the audition through for the show, this was the first song I listened to on the soundtrack and my heart rate went out the roof! I knew that I had to be in this show!
Can you tell us about any fun cut scenes from the show?
Christina: I really loved singing (and dancing) It Just Won’t Quit. That’s an absolute favourite of mine that’s been cut. It’s wonderful that the show is constantly evolving and growing. Maybe I’ll just have to sing it at a concert sometime…