Following the announcement at last night’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards that Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical, producers have announced that the musical will be returning to London’s West End in 2018, with performances beginning at the Dominion Theatre on 2 April. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE VIA MYTHEATREMATES.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House and London Coliseum earlier this year. It currently has audiences rocking out in Toronto, where performances will end on 7 January 2018.
Andrew Polec, winner of the Joe Allen Best West End Debut in the Stage Debut Awards 2017, and Christina Bennington are in positive negotiations to recreate their roles as the romantic leads, Strat and Raven, at the Dominion Theatre. Further casting is to be announced.
Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. Sixteen years later, Jim 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).
For the stage musical, Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including 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 songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.
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 Associates and musical direction by Robert Emery. The show is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox & Tony Smith.
It was also announced on Friday 1 December that Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has been nominated in the following categories for the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical – Andrew Polec, Best Actress in a Musical – Christina Bennington, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Rob Fowler, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Danielle Steers, Best Direction – Jay Scheib, Best Set Design – Jon Bausor, and Best Lighting Design – Patrick Woodroffe. Winners will be announced on 25 February 2018.