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Lena Hall joins the New York cast of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical!

Cast announcement for the upcoming New York production of Bat Out Of Hell the musical : Lena Hall as Sloane! If you're not familiar with her, she's a Tony winner (for Hedwig And The Angry Inch back in 2014) and a Grammy nominee, and look her up on YouTube for her Lena Hall OBSESSED channel to listen to what she's vocally capable of - you won't regret it!

Introducing #BATtheMusical’s Sloane... Lena Hall!

Introducing #BATtheMusical’s Sloane... Lena Hall! We are so ready to have Lena join the #BatFam and raise the roof with us at New York City Center this summer! 🤘

Posted by Bat Out Of Hell the Musical: New York on Tuesday, 4 June 2019

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Tickets NOW ON SALE : https://www.nycitycenter.org/bat-out-of-hell or call 212-581-1212 (Mon-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, noon-7:30pm)


Dream Engine 2019

Baal (Andrew Polec), with The Tribe

Songs And Scenes From The Dream Engine at Kirby Theater, Amherst College, MA., was a grand triumph. Pictured are Andrew Polec as Baal, with The Tribe - in rehearsal. The bit you're waiting for: video footage is coming! And we'll add a new section for Dream Engine 2019 to this site. Thanks to everyone involved, you've put on an incredible show!


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Meat Loaf Sends A Message

Meat Loaf has a message (and health warning) about Bat Out Of Hell The Musical (watch the video with sound on!)

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Tickets NOW ON SALE : https://www.nycitycenter.org/bat-out-of-hell or call 212-581-1212 (Mon-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, noon-7:30pm)


Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - New York City Center Cast Announced

The cast have been announced for the 2019 NYCC production of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical.

MAIN CAST:

Strat ................................... Andrew Polec
Raven ........................... Christina Bennington
Falco ................................... Bradley Dean
Sloane ............................. [TO BE ANNOUNCED]
Zahara ............................... Danielle Steers
Jagwire .......................... Tyrick Wiltez Jones
Tink .................................. Avionce Hoyles

ENSEMBLE:

Will Branner
Lincoln Clauss
Kayla Cyphers
Jessica Jaunich
Paulina Jurzec
Adam Kemmerer
Nick Martinez
Harper Miles
Erin Mosher
Aramie Payton
Andres Quintero
Tiernan Tunnicliffe
Kaleb Wells

Tickets NOW ON SALE : https://www.nycitycenter.org/bat-out-of-hell


Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - New York City Center from August 1st 2019

Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell The Musical hits the US this summer for a strictly limited 6 week run, at the New York City Center.

The story is set in the near future, in the dystopian city of Obsidian, built on the ruins of Manhattan. A man named Falco rules with an iron fist from his tower, with his wife Sloane and daughter Raven. And down in the tunnels live a pack of beautiful mutants; Strat and The Lost. Prepare for a story of fire, conflict and love!

Tickets go on sale May 15th 2019 from 10am EST : https://www.nycitycenter.org/bat-out-of-hell

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Official website: batoutofhellmusical.com

Trailer (note: this shows the London 2018 cast):

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Tanz Der Vampire to open in Oberhausen, Germany in October 2019

Dance Of The Vampires, Oberhausen 2019

Some good news and bad news for Steinman fans in the NRW region of Germany; the bad news is - Bat Out Of Hell das Musical closes this September at the Metronom Theatre, Oberhausen. The good news is - Tanz Der Vampire is opening at the same venue from October for 5 months!

More info and tickets: Tanz Der Vampire official website


Dance Of The Vampires to open in Copenhagen, Denmark

Dance Of The Vampires, Copenhagen 2019

Great news for Scandinavian fans of the musical Tanz Der Vampire - the first ever Scandinavian production opens in Denmark next year!

Under the name Dance Of The Vampires, the musical is due to open at Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark : 23rd January 2020 - 19th April 2020

A musical by MICHAEL KUNZE and JIM STEINMAN
Musical Supervisor: MICHAEL REED
Orchestration: STEVE MARGOSHES
Original production: VBW

CREATIVE TEAM
Staging - DANIEL BOHR
Scenography - PAUL FARNSWORTH
Musical Director - PER ENGSTRÖM
Lighting Design - JASON TAYLOR
Sound Design - RICHARD SHARRET
Translation: KAREN HOFFMANN

CAST
Krolock - PETER JORDE
Abronius - KIM HAMMELSVANG
Chagal - JESPER ASHOLT
Rebecca - CHARLOTTE GULDBERG
Magda - JULIE STEINCKE
Koukol - HENRIK LUND

In other roles -
MONICA ISA ANDERSEN
SØREN TORPEGAARD LUND
ANDERS BILBERG
CHRISTIAN LUND
SEBASTIAN HARRIS
MARTIN LOFT
JAMES LEECE
MIKKEL HOÉ KNUDSEN
ROBERT THOMSEN
JONAS SUURBALLE CHRISTENSEN
PAUL JAMES ROONEY
LINDA OLOFSSON
LINDA FABRICIUS HULTEMARK
ANNE-METTE RIIS
ELISE JOHANNE ANDERSSON
ANASTASIA STOJKO
ANDREA ULVENSTÅL
SAMIRA ALM

More info and tickets: Det Ny Teater - Dance Of The Vampires - website


Andrew Polec Leads Jim Steinman's THE DREAM ENGINE

poster for The Dream Engine 2019

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jim Steinman's THE DREAM ENGINE will be presented as a special event as part of Amherst College's 1969 class reunion festivities at the location where it all began, the Kirby Theater, with the Tony Award nominated director once again taking the reigns, Barry Keating.

Steinman's international chart-topping global smash hits include Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL albums as well as Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and "Holding Out For A Hero", Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back To Me Now", Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em And Weep" and Barbra Streisand's "Left In The Dark" as well as memorable musical contributions to the films A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, STREETS OF FIRE and THE SHADOW. Additionally, Steinman provided the score for the international blockbuster stage musical TANZ DER VAMPIRE. Most recently, Steinman provided book, music and lyrics for the West End, Toronto and German productions of BAT OUT OF HELL: THE MUSICAL. Of note, Steinman was presented with an honorary doctorate from Amherst College in 2013.

Leading the cast of THE DREAM ENGINE will be award-winning BAT OUT HELL: THE MUSICAL headliner Andrew Polec along with TV/film notable Mimi Kennedy plus several members of the original cast including Larry Dilg and current Amherst students in keeping with the youthful themes of the epic theatrical experience. Special guests to be announced.

Directed by Keating with creative consultation by Pat Cerasaro, associate direction by Ellen Parks and music direction by Drew Wutke, the 50th anniversary presentation of THE DREAM ENGINE portends to be a once in a lifetime experience like no other. Let the revels begin!

THE DREAM ENGINE will presented on May 30 at 8PM at the Kirby Theater at Amherst College. Ticket information is available at the official site here: https://engage.amherst.edu/event/registrations/index/820.


The Dream Engine : 50th Anniversary show

For ONE night only, The Dream Engine returns!

For their 50th anniversary reunion, Amherst College's Class of '69 are putting on a show - scenes and songs from The Dream Engine.

Written by Songwriters Hall of Famer Jim Steinman ('69) and Tony Award Nominee Barry Keating ('69) This will be an hour and a half event celebrating the 50th year of this provocative, controversial work. Show will feature the full Historian's speech, songs with live band, scenes, professional and student performers.

Thursday, May 30th 2019 at 8pm sharp, Kirby Memorial Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, MA.

Donations will be accepted before and after the performance but they are not required. This is a free event sponsored by Amherst Class of '69.

Tickets: contact amherstdreamengine@gmail.com to reserve tickets - leave your name, phone number, and how many tickets. Seats are very limited, so do not hoard reservations and if you reserve tickets and discover that you that you will not be coming please notify the reservations email immediately and release the reservation(s.)


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : North American tour update

Bat Out Of Hell the Musical - North American tour will launch in 2019 ahead of a previously announced season at New York City Center. The production is working with everyone involved to reschedule the dates and news about the North American Tour will be announced soon.

To sign up for priority tickets for New York City Center in Summer 2019, please go to the official Bat Out Of Hell Musical website.


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : West End Wilma Award Winners, 2018

Sharon Sexton (left) and Danielle Steers (right) holding their awards

The 5th annual Wilma Awards took place on Sunday 4 November 2018 at the Arts Theatre in London's West End.

Congratulations to both Sharon Sexton and Danielle Steers for winning "Best Performer In A West End Show" and "Best Supporting Cast Member In A West End Show" in the Wilma Awards respectively, for their roles in the cast of Bat Out Of Hell.

Well done! These awards are thoroughly deserved!

Full results: Winners announced for the West End Wilma Awards 2018

Photo source: Rob Fowler (via Instagram)


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : US tour postponed

The remainder of the North American tour of Bat Out Of Hell has been postponed. We will have new dates pending their availability.


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : German promo videos

Bat Out Of Hell das Musical opens at the Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen, Germany very soon. Previews open 2 - 7 November and booking is currently open through to the end of May 2019.

Some promotional videos, so you can hear the musicianship going into the German production:

Wo tut mir der Schmerz am meisten weh (What Part Of My Body Hurts The Most) - Willemijn Verkaik / Alex Melcher

Jetzt kommt alles zurück zu mir (It's All Coming Back To Me Now) - Robin Reitsma, Sarah Kornfeld, Willemijn Verkaik & Alex Melcher

BAT OUT OF HELL - Robin Reitsma

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Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : North American tour underway

The North American tour has begun - in Toronto, Canada. 3 weeks at the Ed Mirvish Theatre and then on to the US!

A taste of what you'll see - here are Andrew Polec and Emily Schultheis performing a (very short version of) For Crying Out Loud on Canadian TV, shortly before the tour started.


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : London production final show - 5th January 2019

Strat and Raven embrace (Jordan Luke Gage and Christina Bennington)

The final show for Bat Out Of Hell at London's Dominion Theatre will be on the 5th January 2019. UK fans, and European fans who prefer to see the show in English (rather than German), time is running out for you to see the show locally. Book your tickets, see it while you can.

This is the end of a chapter, not the book… we must remember that as we give ultimate thanks to the UK cast, crew, band, management team etc. etc. that gave us Manchester and two London runs. You all have set the standard other productions will be judged by. BRAVO and THANK YOU!


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : German production cast announced

The cast for the German production of has been announced, and everyone is especially hyped to see Willemijn Verkaik taking on the role of Sloane!

Eagle-eyed Tanz Der Vampire fans may also recognise a few names!

Cast for Bat Out Of Hell at Oberhausen, Germany, 2018 - 2019

MAIN CAST:

Strat .................................. Robin Reitsma
Raven ................................. Sarah Kornfeld
Sloane ............................. Willemijn Verkaik
Falco ................................... Alex Melcher
Tink ................................. Tom van der Ven
Zahara ............................... Aisata Blackman
Jagwire ............................... Benet Monteiro
Ledoux ................................. Michael Moore
Blake ............................ Lorenzo di Girolamo

KNOWN UNDERSTUDIES:

Walk In Cover Strat/Cover Ledoux - Antonio Calanna
Cover Sloane - Franziska Schuster
Cover Falco, Ensemble - Carl van Wegberg
Cover Raven, Ensemble - Maureen Mac Gillavry
Cover Raven, Ensemble - April van Amelsvoort
Cover Tink, Cover Blake, Ensemble - Sander van Wissen


REST OF ENSEMBLE:

René Becker
Jacob Fearey
Rhys George
Vinicius Gomes
Jessica Lapp
Gonzalo Campos Lopez
Masengu Kanyinda
Charlie Knight
Luca Maus
Jolijn van de Pol
Bathoni Puplampu
Anna Julia Rogers
Ida Linnéa Svanberg
Niall Swords
Bethany Terry
Karen Walker
Tarquinn Whitebooi


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : US tour cast announced

Exciting news for North American fans - it's your turn to be bowled over by Andrew Polec as Strat, as he switches from the London production of Bat Out Of Hell to the North American tour - for the remainder of 2018 and through 2019.

As Jim Steinman (@realjimsteinman) said in a series of tweets (1/2) to Andrew:

@andrewpolec a line from For Crying Out Loud "for giving me a child when my body is old" comes to mind as I try to find the words to thank you for unrelentingly and tirelessly giving your whole soul to @batthemusical these last few years. @AndrewPolec Another lyric "going all the way is just a start" also comes to mind as you depart London to conquer North America. Thank you my Strat, my Superstar for continuing to bring our dream @realmeatloaf to life.

Cast for Canada and USA, 2018 - 2019

MAIN CAST:

Strat ................................... Andrew Polec
Raven ............................... Emily Schultheis
Falco ................................... Bradley Dean
Sloane .................................... Lulu Lloyd
Zahara .................................. Harper Miles
Jagwire ................................. Tyrick Jones
Tink .................................. Avionce Hoyles

ENSEMBLE:

Will Branner
Samantha Pauly
Zuri Washington
Alana Randall
Erin Mosher
Emilie Battle
Kaleb Wells
Nik Alexander
Adam Kemmerer
Michael Milkanin
Lincoln Clauss
Alex Deleo
Paulina Jurzec
Nick Martinez
Tiernan Tunnicliffe

(In London, the role of Strat is being taken over by Jordan Luke Gage - who has been playing Strat as an alternate, and appeared daily as an ensemble cast member since February 2018)


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : West End Wilma Award Nominations 2018

Sharon Sexton as Sloane

The West End production of Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has been nominated in several categories for this year's West End Wilma awards.

Best Supporting Cast Member in a West End Show
Danielle Steers (Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre)

Best West End Show
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical (Dominion Theatre)

Best Understudy
Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky (Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre)

Best Performer In A West End Show
Sharon Sexton (Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre)

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE NOMINATED! (I guess they really love Zahara and Sloane, huh?)

Public voting will open online 7 September 2018 at westendwilma.com for theatre lovers to vote for their winners.

Sunday 4 November 2018 (4-5.30pm) marks exactly five years since the first West End Wilma Awards were held at Freedom Bar, in Soho. The following years were hosted at the Hippodrome Casino and The Delfont Room. This year, a special fifth anniversary gala ceremony will be held at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End with 350 specially invited guests and this year the public can come too!

Tickets are on sale priced £20 / £25. 10% of every ticket sold will be donated to the National Autistic Society, helping to create Relaxed Performances of theatre shows, helping to make theatre accessible to all.

If you would like to attend these awards in person, tickets are available now, from here.


Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : North American tour info!

Bat Out Of Hell the musical have begun to officially announce North American tour info as each theatre confirms dates.

The tour kicks off in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October 2018, then embarks on a tour around the U.S. through to Summer 2019.

Official website for the North American tour: tickets and info


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