A Meat Loaf musical that could end up on Broadway rocks Toronto, Canada

//A Meat Loaf musical that could end up on Broadway rocks Toronto, Canada
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A Meat Loaf musical that could end up on Broadway rocks Toronto, Canada

There is a musical that may well end up on Broadway one of these days, after bouncing around the globe: Jim Steinman’s “Bat Out of Hell,” now going gangbusters in Toronto.

“It’s a box office wonder, and [the] audience loves it,”   Its rumored that “Bat Out of Hell” is an over-the-top hoot.

Director Jay Scheib’s high-octane production matches the Wagnerian verve of the classic Meat Loaf songs: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” — all of which were originally written by Steinman for the 1977 album.

The musical also features anthems written by Steinman from 1993’s comeback album “Bat Out of Hell II,” including “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through.”

“Bat Out of Hell” opened earlier this year in Manchester, England, and played a limited engagement at London’s mammoth Coliseum before heading to Canada.

“Electrifying and giddy and guaranteed to tap into every playgoer’s inner rock god,”   said the critic……  “The show begins at full throttle and keeps throttling,” said The Times of London.

A powerful British theater producer who saw the show says it’s “completely insane” and “huge fun.”

The setting is a post-apocalyptic New York City in 2030. Manhattan has floated off into the sea and the good guys are battling an unseen tyrant called “the Man” in the shadows of sinister black skyscrapers. Imagine “Blade Runner” and “Escape From New York,” with a little “Romeo and Juliet” and “West Side Story” thrown into the mix.

Critics have praised the cast, especially Andrew Polec, who plays the hero Strat, doomed to be 18 forever.

Whenever the story allows — and apparently, it’s often — Polec rips off his shirt, provoking screams of ecstasy from the audience.

A stage version of “Bat Out of Hell” has been knocking around for years. Just about every major producer you can think of has taken a stab at it, but without success.

The plan is to launch an American tour of the show in the fall of 2018 and see how it goes.

“Some shows need to come to Broadway to establish a brand. ”  “Not to take anything away from Broadway, but this is a brand people are familiar with. Maybe we’ll become known as the best show that never played Broadway — and then we’ll get rid of that moniker.”

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