On Friday 17th February 2017, Manchester’s Opera House was home to something a little bit special; the world premiere of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical came to town!
As a child, I grew up listening to Meat Loaf’s music religiously. I can recite every single lyric of every song without fail. Bat Out Of Hell is one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone here. I adore the old school rock and roll vibe which has heavily influenced my own personal style and stayed with me right up until this very day. Can you believe that it has been forty years since the album was first released; a fact that blew my tiny mind.
So how do these iconic songs translate into a stage musical, you may ask? As it happens, many of the songs from the album were originally written with the intention of being a musical several years before it’s eventual release. A romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. With characters such as Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, and Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian, it’s set to encompass the very soul of the original music perfectly.
Between them, the Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical creative team boast 2 Grammy awards, 4 Olivier awards and 3 Olivier nominations, 2 Tony awards and 3 Tony nominations, 1 Emmy nomination, 2 Drama Desk awards, 15 other prestigious arts awards and an OBE. An impressive list and a hopeful recipe for a successful show. The orchestrator, Steve Sidwell, had to listen to every single song in the show and write out each and every note; that totals over 1,000 pages of music. Can you even image the sheer level of dedication involved in that one task alone?
Alongside much-loved classics such as Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise By The Dashboard Light and more, the musical also features two previously unreleased songs – What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love. The show uses a staggering 3,240 lightbulbs in 350 lights weighing in at 2.7 tonnes (the equivalent of 6 Harley Davidson motorbikes), to create an authentic, visual blend of rock concert meets West End Musical.
I’ll be attending the show myself in a few weeks time and look forward to sharing my in-depth review with you guys. If you wish to witness this spectacular event for yourself, I’d recommend booking your seats without delay as the show is already proving popular and selling out fast! You can find full details below:
17 February – 8 April 2017
Opera House Manchester
3 Quay Street
Performances: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (no matinee on Sat 18 February)
Tickets: from £17.50
Box Office: 0844 871 3018 (subject to booking/transaction fees)
5 June – 22 July 2017
St Martin’s Lane
Performances: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (7pm on Tue 20 June; no matinee on Thurs 8th June; extra 2.30pm matinee on Tue 22 August)
Tickets: from £15.00
Box Office: 020 7845 9300
Twitter & Facebook: @BatTheMusical