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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 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

Bat Out Of Hell the Musical : London production booking extends to January 2019

heart on fire, on the set of Bat Out Of Hell as staged in London

The West End production of Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has extended its booking period from October 2018 through to January 5th 2019!

Official website for the London production: tickets and info

Bat Out Of Hell das Musical - German Truck Tour

cast of the NRW truck tour, caption below
Left to right: Linus Henriksson, Olly Dobson, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Andrew Polec (Strat), Christina Bennington (Raven), Xena Gusthart, Christopher Cameron (Jagwire), Tanisha L Spring (Zahara)

To promote the upcoming German production of Bat Out Of Hell in Oberhausen, Germany, a promotional tour of the NRW region took place, on the 26-27th July 2018.

In sweltering heat, the Bat Truck (carrying a massive portable stage), escorted by a fleet of bikers on Harley Davidson motorcycles, made their way around the NRW region - to Essen, Bochum, Oberhausen, Dortmund and Düsseldorf - over two days. Select cast members (and musical director Robert Emery) put on a free show of around 20 minutes of solid Bat Out Of Hell songs at each venue, thrilling crowds at each stop.

Full footage of each promo show is available to watch on the "Bat Out Of Hell - Das Musical" page on Facebook.

Official Website (for tickets & info)

Bat Out Of Hell - Das Musical on Facebook

Coverage of the tour on YouTube

Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell The Musical Original Cast Recording : Worldwide Digital Release

MASSIVE NEWS! Bat Out Of Hell The Musical Original Cast Recording is now available to download / stream on iTunes, apple music, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and direct from Ghostlight Records.

Go here for links to them all!

(You can still buy a physical copy of the CD in person from the Dominion Theatre, or online from Amazon UK.)

Press release:

Digital Release – July 6th
CD Release coming soon
The award winning musical based on the classic albums releases its soundtrack
Jim Steinman’s 40 year rock n roll dream comes true

Jim Steinman - "BAT OUT OF HELL what's that? Oh yeah. I remember now, it's been a long time getting this show up and running. I couldn't be happier. And now to have the Cast Album available! I guess Rock N Roll Dreams do come Through!!!!"

Bat out of Hell - The Musical proudly releases its original cast recording, continuing the extraordinary rock n roll legacy of the some of the most successful records in music.

Written by Jim Steinman, Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide after its 1977 release, the fourth biggest selling studio album of all time. 16 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). The story of the original album is as epic as its music, involving a long search for a record label that would release such an ambitious album, finding a combustible young singer called Meat Loaf capable of singing the high octane songs and ultimately scoring a huge hit against the odds. But the album was also originally written as a musical by Steinman, making this cast recording the realisation of his 40 year dream.

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 Unique to such a challenging album, new and incredibly talented performers were required to recreate and reimagine Steinman’s opus.

The results are stunning, with incredible performances by a young cast, headed by Andrew Polec as Strat, Christina Bennington as Raven and vocal powerhouse Danielle Steers as Zahara. Favourites including Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise By Dashboard Light, You Took The Word Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) and Dead Ringer For Love are brought to life alongside Bat Out Of Hell and I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

There are also two previously unreleased songs that appear in the musical - What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love. The winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017, Bat out of Hell – The Musical wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2017, and has been seen by nearly 500,000 people to date. It began previews at London’s Dominion Theatre on Monday 2 April and is currently booking to 27 October 2018. 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.

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor and Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod CDG, fight direction by Stuart Boother and musical direction by Robert Emery. The German language premier of the exceptional rock spectacle, will be held at the Stage Metronom Theatre, Oberhasuen, Germany in November 2018. Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox & Tony Smith.

Track Listing

  1. 1. Love and Death and an American Guitar – ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  2. 2. All Revved Up with No Place to Go / Wasted Youth – Andrew Polec, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  3. 3. Who Needs the Young – Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton
  4. 4. It Just Won't Quit – Christina Bennington, Andrew Polec, Aran MacRae, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  5. 5. Out of the Frying Pan And Into The Fire – Giovanni Spanó, Patrick Sullivan, Andrew Polec, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  6. 6. Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere) – Danielle Steers, Sharon Sexton, Christina Bennington, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  7. 7. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad – Danielle Steers, Dom Hartley-Harris, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  8. 8. Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  9. 9. Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington
  10. 10. Bat Out Of Hell – Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  11. 11. In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King – Rob Fowler, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  12. 12. Heaven Can Wait – Christina Bennington
  13. 13. Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are – Dom Hartley-Harris, Patrick Sullivan, Giovanni Spanó, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  14. 14. For Crying Out Loud – Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington
  15. 15. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) – Giovanni Spanó, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Emily Benjamin, Christina Bennington, Andrew Polec, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  16. 16. Not Allowed To Love – Aran MacRae
  17. 17. What Part of My Body Hurts the Most – Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton
  18. 18. Dead Ringer for Love – Dom Hartley-Harris, Danielle Steers, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  19. 19. Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through – Dom Hartley-Harris, Giovanni Spanó, Patrick Sullivan, Andrew Polec, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast
  20. 20. It's All Coming Back to Me Now – Christina Bennington, Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Andrew Polec
  21. 21. I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) – Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington, Dom Hartley-Harris, Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Patrick Sullivan, Giovanni Spanó, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Danielle Steers, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Original Cast

Tickets open for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical at Oberhausen, Germany

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical opens at the Stage Metronom Theater Oberhausen, in November 2018. Tickets are on sale now!

Official Website

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical partners with the Invictus Games Foundation

Bat Out of Hell - The Musical is proud to be partnering with the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games.

As part of the year-long sponsorship partnership, the musical has made an initial financial contribution to assist the foundation in its transformational work on behalf of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans.

To launch the partnership, an exclusive charity gala performance of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will be held for Invictus Games competitors. This also includes hundreds of tickets being made for veterans and their families to see the show – including transport funds for those outside of London – and private tours, family theatre workshops and a special employment programme to assist wounded, injured or sick serving or ex-service personnel interested in careers in theatre.

For more details, read here on the Invictus Games Foundation website, or here to read a BBC news article about it.

If the announcement video above isn't working, or you'd just like a copy to keep, feel free to download it here

Jim's opening night gift to us all

Jim spent a long time trying to think of an opening night gift that would be both meaningful and in keeping with Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical. As we brainstormed I recalled a long interview Jim gave in 2003 for an Ultimate Albums special on VH1. He spoke for nearly four hours but they only used a small clip on TV. As a "thank you" for having helped them source material, the producer gave us a copy on VHS tape to use in a non-commercial way sometime in the future. We hadn't, up until a couple of weeks ago, ever transferred the tape to disc. When we watched it back we knew we had the opening night gift in our hands. Jim titled it "The Lost…Interview" and I added "Words by Jim Steinman" as a twist on his iconic album credit.

Anyone even remotely interested in Bat Out Of Hell, Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf, the music industry, songs, art, culture, life or love should be thrilled with this. Jim's mind is a rare and beautiful thing and he speaks openly on many topics you, the London cast of Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, will be familiar with: the jugular nature of love, the importance of making people feel the extremes, the joy of "going over the top" and how Obsidian and The Lost came to be. You'll also hear about how Jim's genius, Meat Loaf's enormous talent and David Sonenberg's unwavering belief all worked together to breath life into the vision you all, so superbly, recreate nightly.

Jim always says this album "belongs to everyone." That's true but it needs a conduit and you are it's lifeline. You are now the jugular vein from which both young and old hearts feed.

Jim asked that I "thank them all without naming names. Everyone is important and I needed them all for it to work."

No life is the same after "Songs by Jim Steinman" and no life is the same after seeing Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical. You are part of a continuum that started in Jim's mind as a teenager and will outlive us all. Bat Out Of Hell lives wherever love lives, wherever youth lives and wherever passion rules.

Congratulations to each of you individually but especially, all of you together.

Godspeed & Peace to You

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Bat Out Of Hell ready to launch at London's Dominion Theatre

Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell the musical opens at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road, London on April 2nd.

If you'd like a taste, there was a press launch gig on March 14th 2018, at the American International Church. You can watch the official show promotional filming of it, with multiple angles and soundboard audio:

Or alternatively, if it all seems a bit weird not to hear the applause, you can watch the version with a fixed camera and audio taken from within the audience:

U.S. dates for Bat Out Of Hell the musical

Dates are gradually being revealed of Bat Out Of Hell the musical going on a U.S. tour - end 2018 throughout 2019. This is not the full list - more venues and dates are being revealed as they are confirmed!

So far we have:

Town Venue Dates More
DETROIT, MICHIGAN Fox Theatre November 6 - 17, 2018 info
DENVER, COLORADO Denver Center for the Performing Arts February 6 - 17, 2019 info
DES MOINES, IOWA Des Moines Civic Center February 26 - March 3, 2019 info
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI The Fabulous Fox Theater March 5 - 10, 2019 info
WASHINGTON D.C The National Theater May 7 - 26, 2019 info
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center May 28 - June 9, 2019 info
ST PAUL, MINNESOTA Ordway Music Theater June 12 - 23, 2019 info
DALLAS, TEXAS Winspear Opera House June 27 – July 7, 2019 info

Casting open for German production of Bat Out Of Hell

Casting call advert spotted for a German version of Bat Out Of Hell the musical - auditions start in April for the show to open in "Fall 2018" @ Metronom Theater Oberhausen

Casting notice for a German production of Bat Out Of Hell the musical, from Stage Entertainment

Source: Casting Stage Entertainment, Facebook

Bat Out Of Hell 2018 casting announced

The new cast has been announced for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London from April! The major changes are a new Tink and a new Jagwire. There's also a new cover Strat! Full details:


Strat ................................... Andrew Polec
Raven ........................... Christina Bennington
Falco ..................................... Rob Fowler
Sloane ................................. Sharon Sexton
Zahara ............................... Danielle Steers
Jagwire ............................... Wayne Robinson
Blake ............................... Patrick Sullivan
Ledoux ................................ Giovanni Spanó
Tink ............................... Alex Thomas-Smith
Alternate / cover Strats: Simon Gordon and Jordon Gage


Emily Benjamin
Georgia Carling
Natalie Chua
Jonathan Cordin
Hannah Ducharme
Isaac Edwards
Aston Newman Hannington
Eve Norris
Courtney Stapleton
Kyle Anthony
Christopher Cameron
Rob Copeland
Collette Guitart
Eric Hallengren
Vicki Manser
Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky
Joseph Peacock
Kyle Roberts
Craig Ryder
Dawnita Smith
Julie Stark
Charlotte Anne Steen
Sam Toland

Source: What's On Stage

Bat Out Of Hell the musical - cast

I thank each and every one of you for making my dreams real. Love is the most important thing. I am grateful for yours and please know, you have mine. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2018.

Jim Steinman

Below is a message Jim shared with the cast of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical on their opening night in London. He asked that it was also shared here, now.

* * *

Most kids are told two lies that fuck them up something terrible:

Lie #1 "You have to grow up."

Lie #2 "Life is short."

The latter bolsters the former. Neither are true and believing in either (or both) will hurt you. We all grow old, with a bit of good fortune, but that doesn't mean we are required to view the world differently than we did in our younger years. Life is also far from short. Don't needlessly rush toward an imaginary "finish line" dictated by convention and rule. Determine your dream and constantly do things that move you in it's direction while taking time to enjoy the road along the way.

Some years ago I was asked to musicalize this book, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Although the project was not realized, I was profoundly moved by some of the incredible similarities it shares with my own vision and message, albeit in an entirely different format. By total coincidence both Saint-Exupéry and I utilize a crash to begin our narrative, the burning stars above to symbolize life, a rose and an important "yes or no" question to be answered by the audience. Andrew Polec bears a striking resemblance to The Little Prince so, yet another coincidence was recently revealed to me - my Strat and Saint-Exupéry's Prince look like brothers! That's a large part of the reason the book has been on my mind and why I share it with you now.

Notice the similar messages that form the fundamental basis of ALL great art:

Love with your whole heart
Form bonds and be loyal to them
Do not judge
Be kind
Be open to the secrets life will share with you on your journey
Love supersedes death
Grow spiritually but don't "grow up"

My gratitude towards each of you is beyond even my power of expression. You are the beautiful friends I have somehow always known and been waiting for. I thank every member of the cast, creative team, production and management from the bottom of my heart. You have made my dream a reality. You have made me happy and proud. I want, wish and pray the same for each of you. When you need it the most, like I do now, may your rock n roll dream come through.


Jim Steinman

ps - This book is in paperback form not for thrift or economy. I would have much preferred to gift you the hardback. This version, however, is the original translation and it's no longer sold in hardcover. It is so much more poetic and beautiful than the current translation on sale now. Another lesson as to the care needed when approaching a classic piece of art, loved and taken personally the worldover. And another debt of gratitude from me to all of you. The fact that Bat Out Of Hell's deepest and most passionate fans love and embrace Bat Out Of Hell The Musical is a testament to how poetic and beautiful our translation has been. We've done the near impossible, my friends - faithfully translated a classic for new generations to discover. For that, I thank you.

Ketchup or Blood?

Jim Steinman as Baal in The Dream Engine, 1969

Have you checked out The Dream Engine section of this website recently?

Recently added:

  • Full show recording (this is the same recording as we sent out on CD many years ago)
  • Warner Records live session recording (otherwise known as "The Dream Engine demos")
  • Script as of April 1969 - as it was on paper before the show was staged. There were some significant changes!

Bat Out Of Hell the musical cast album nominated for award

The Curtain Up Show logo

The Bat Out Of Hell musical cast album is up for an award - the Curtain Up Show best album award (UK musicals).

You can either vote for it here The Curtain Up Show : Album of the Year or here

If you happen to be in the UK there's also a £100 "TodayTix" theatre voucher up for grabs for voting. Good luck!

Voting is open until 5.00pm GMT on Wednesday 10 January 2018, and winners will be announced live on Resonance FM at 4.00pm GMT on Friday 12 January 2018.

Dominion Theatre box office records broken as Bat Out Of Hell the musical tickets go on sale

Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington at the Dominion Theatre in London

Tickets for Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London are now OPEN.

The run starts on April 2nd and shows are 19:30 (7:30pm) Mon - Sat with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 14:30 (2:30pm).

Official website ticket info page

Box office website

Box office phone (the expensive number): 0845 200 7981 - calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras available 24 hours a day.

Box office phone (the slightly cheaper premium-rate number): 0845 200 7982 - calls cost 2p per minute plus network extras.

Box office phone (the normal-rate number): 02072920900 - normal London phone charges, open during office hours only.

Sorry for not posting ticket details on Monday. The queuing system for tickets that day was very, very busy. Some folks were in online queues 1500+ people long. They sold a lot of tickets though - they took in £350,000 and broke the box office record for first day sales at the Dominion!

Bat Out Of Hell the musical wins Best Musical at Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017

Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington posing with the award for Best Musical

Bat Out Of Hell has won the award for Best Musical at the 63rd annual ES Theatre Awards in London, beating shows such as Dreamgirls, Follies, and An American In Paris. The award was voted for by the public (yay, go us!).

The ceremony took place last night at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the award was graciously received by Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, who had flown back to England from Toronto to receive the award.

"We're so delighted to be representing what is really 60... 70... 80... 90 hard working, incredible people of this team. So it's really a 'Well Done' for all of them and it's fantastic to be here", Christina said, speaking on BBC Radio 2.

"Yeah, all their blood, sweat and tears, and it's a huge, huge thank you to all of our fans - I mean, throughout the generations. They have been so lovely in supporting this show, singing at the top of their lungs when they come to see the show" - Andrew Polec continued.

Ken Bruce (host): "But there's something about the music of Jim Steinman. Did know much about his songs before you took part?"

Both: "Definitely", "Yeah"

Christina: "I think what's wonderful is - I heard the music of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf through my parents. It was driving anthems and that kind of thing, and I think we see that reflected in our audiences; we get people who this music means so much to them and they have nostalgia for it because it's been 40+ years that they've been listening. And we have 18 year-olds who come and they relate to it. We have multi-generational family trips. And that's what's so incredible. This music reaches out and grabs you by the heart and soul and gut, no matter what age you are."

"It's a huge honour for all of the cast to be given that responsibility, and especially to be taking the baton from the legend that is Meat Loaf. Everyone has such a love for him and his voice and his energy, and Andrew along with the rest of the cast have got that challenge of giving it their own spin"

Bat Out Of Hell the Musical nominated for eight WhatsOnStage awards

Bat Out Of Hell the Musical has been nominated in eight categories at the WhatsOnStage awards.

Here they are in the order they were announced:

  • ROB FOWLER for best supporting actor in a musical
  • DANIELLE STEERS for best supporting actress in a musical
  • JON BAUSOR for best set design
  • PATRICK WOODROFFE for best lighting
  • JAY SCHEIB for best director
  • CHRISTINA BENNINGTON for best actress in a musical
  • ANDREW POLEC for best actor in a musical
  • BAT OUT OF HELL for best new musical

Voting is open now until January 31st. Show your support and vote for BAT OUT OF HELL!

Bat Out Of Hell the Musical heads to London's Dominion theatre in April 2018

Bat Out Of Hell the Musical returns to London, taking residence in the Dominion Theatre running from 2nd April 2018 onwards.

Tickets go on sale from Monday 4th December at 12pm (UK time)

According to Baz Bamigboye (source):

'It's a good love story,' said Michael Cohl, the rock promoter turner theatrical producer, speaking from his office in New York.

He and his associates took the ENO production to Toronto, where it's currently playing to packed houses. He hopes it will tour North America later next year, perhaps revisiting Toronto again.

Cohl and Julian Stoneman, the show's general manager, said negotiations have begun, with the hopes that Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, who originated the roles of Strat and Raven, will play them at the Dominion.

Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton, who played Raven's parents, are also in discussions about the West End return.

Nominate Bat Out Of Hell in the WhatsOnStage Awards

Nominations are open for the 18th annual WhatsOnStage awards. "The only major UK theatre awards in which you, the audience, are the judges"

Does that sound to you like an invitation to vote for Bat Out Of Hell and its cast and creatives in every category possible? Me too! Let's get voting!


After the nomination period, voting opens December 1st and closes January 31st. Winners announced 18th February 2018!

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