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One thing you may not know about me is that I am HUGE fan of Meatloaf and Jim Steinman. From reading this blog, you would know that I am a huge fan of Broadway musicals. Combine the two and I’m in total heaven. When I heard about Bat Out of Hell The Musical and that it was doing a limited run in NYC until early September, I knew I had to see it. What I didn’t expect is to love the actors and their wonderful voices that really brought Jim Steinman’s vision to life. When I needed tickets, Today Tix came to my rescue and got me and my good friend, S, in seats to see Bat Out of Hell. Bat Out of Hell The Musical + An Easier Way to Get Broadway Tickets
Here’s the story:
Set in a dystopian universe, Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang ‘The Lost’ falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of Obsidian’s tyrannical ruler, in a thrilling rock and roll love story for the ages. The Lost are Freezers, means they are forever stuck at age 18 (important). One of the Freezers is Tink and he’s stuck a little younger and it really bothers him because he’s in love with Strat and Strat doesn’t see him as boyfriend material. Raven is pretty sheltered and is the daughter of Falco, who’s a very bad guy who regularly clashes with The Lost Gang. Sloane is Falco’s unhappy wife and Raven’s mother. She has her own journey during the show. The other main couple in the show are Zahara, who’s in the Lost Gang but also works as a nurse for Falco, and Jagwire. Jagwire is definitely more into Zahara than she is into him.
This award-winning musical showcases Meat Loaf’s legendary anthems including I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Dead Ringer For Love and Bat Out of Hell. In my opinion, one of the best performed song in Bat of Out of Hell was “Objects in the Mirror Appear Closer Than They Are”. I always liked the song, but the way it was performed in the musical just blew me away.
On that’s own, you would guess that you would love it right? And I did, but the actors and the way they brought the songs to life was just incredible. Growing up, my father would play the album on his cassette tap deck AND he owned the record. Just like Rocky Horror’s Picture Show soundtrack, I knew all the words to the songs and would sing them as we would drive up to my Uncle Bob’s house in Connecticut. Whenever I hear that album, the words just come back to me. Over the years, as I would hear more songs written by Jim Steinman and sung mostly by Meatloaf, the songs would also take root in my heart.
Bat Out of Hell The Musical took the songs I loved and really layered in a lot of emotion. Songs that were solo singles were reworked as duets. Andrew Polec as Strat was mesmerizing – his eyes show such emotion. Christina Bennington as Raven was terrific – you will not think of “Heaven Can Wait” the same way again, the way she sings it so aching beautiful. Bradley Dean played Falco, the villain of the show, who finds redemption. He had such believable chemistry with his on stage wife, Sloane, played by Lena Hall. They really shone with “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”, “Who Needs the Young”, and “What Parts of My Body Hurts the Most”. I honestly can’t wait to see what the two of them do next. Remember the name Danielle Steers – she was also incredible as Zahara and her voice was so emotion-invoking.
The production is also fresh with use of multimedia — there is a two story set and they use a camerawoman to show the action on the second floor and on the main floor on a large screen and on the set.
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