“A Jaw-Dropping Spectacle”’ – London Evening Standard
“An Adrenaline Rush!” – The New York TimesTORONTO (October 13, 2017) – Originally written as a musical, BAT OUT OF HELL went on to become one of the most iconic and successful albums of all time. 40 years later, Jim Steinman’s critically acclaimed love story for the ages 'brings the theatre and its audience thrillingly alive' (The Stage). BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman explodes on stage on October 14, 2017 at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre. BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL features Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s Greatest Hits: Dead Ring for Love, Two out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, I’d do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), and Bat Out Of Hell. Prior to its upcoming Toronto engagement, BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL played a limited run in London’s West End at the London Coliseum. The show opened to rave reviews, extending for two additional weeks and ended its run on August 22, 2017. The show played the Manchester Opera House from February 17 – April 29, 2017. As with many great works of art, the genesis of the Bat Out Of Hell album occurred across a number of years. One of the songs was written while Steinman was an undergraduate at Amherst College in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, Steinman wrote a theatrical musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C. in 1974 and featured many of the songs that would ultimately appear on the Bat Out Of Hell album, which was released in 1977. Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. Sixteen years later, 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, the legendary and award-winning Jim 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. Jim Steinman’s previous musicals include his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Whistle Down the Wind, including the hit single released by Boyzone, No Matter What, and the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has been running for 20 years and has been presented in Vienna, Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Budapest, Warsaw, St Petersburg and Tokyo. Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, the cast of BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL is led by newcomer Andrew Polec as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane. Also starring are Aran MacRae as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Billy Lewis Jr. as Jagwire, Giovanni Spano as Ledoux and Patrick Sullivan as Blake. Also in the cast will be Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Jordan Lee Davies, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Isaac Edwards, Simon Gordon, Phoebe Hart, Linus Henriksson, Rosalind James, Kalene Jeans, Ashton Newman Hannington, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, and Courtney Stapleton. BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor, Meentje Nielsen & Jon Bausor, 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. BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox, Tony Smith.