News & Notes
See the Box Office Announcement from the July 28th
New York Times (click here)
Ultimate Albums Air Date & Web Feature
VH1's "Ultimate Albums: Bat Out Of Hell" special with new interview
(and piano playing) footage of Jim Steinman as well as most of Bat's key
players premieres Sunday May 26, 10/9c. Visit VH1's Ultimate Albums: Bat
Out Of Hell page which includes an exclusive interview with Jim as well
as track by track liner notes, additional show times, a trivia game and
See the Full Page Dance of the Vampires New York Times
(click here )
Forget Snow White...She's Blood Red
There are ecstatic love duets, close encounters, unbridled dancing, wild
comedy and, of course, bats and a madman named Boris. Sarah has to choose
between earthly love with Alfred, or eternal passion with Krolock in the
Vampire State Building. (complete Dance Of The
Vampires story synopsis)
Playbill Feature On Vampire Cast, Creative Team &
Headline: Rando, Carrafa to Dance with Crawford and Vampires on Bway and
Byline: "If you think Broadway musicals suck now - Just you wait..."
The fangy tuner with music and lyrics by Jim Steinman (Whistle Down the
Wind, the upcoming Batman) will be helmed by Urinetown director John Rando.
The project will reteam the helmer with choreographer John Carrafa (Urinetown,
Into The Woods). (read more)
No other casting has been confirmed as of yet, but Rene Auberjonois has
been offered a role and is currently in negotiations, according to his
agent Peter Strain.
Broadway.com Casting Story
Broadway.com featured a story about the tentative cast of Broadway's
Dance Of The Vampires. Max von Essen is quoted as saying: I saw
the show in Vienna, von Essen told Broadway.com. The score
is totally incredible. Its pop meets opera meets rock. I didnt
understand a word of it over there, but I remember loving the music. My
role, Alfred, is such a great roleits really made for me vocally
and dramatically. (Read the full story
The Creative Team Of Dance Of The Vampires (click
Dance Of The Vampire Schedule Changes & Group
Preview and Opening Dates for Dance Of The Vampires are now as follows:
Previews Begin: Oct. 14th. (1st matinee Oct. 23rd.)
Opening Night: November 21st.
Orchestra seats for groups of 20 or more are $76 for every night EXCEPT
Saturday Evening Groups Sales Tickets are $104.50
Group sales info. is available by calling 212 398 8383 or 800 223 7565
Previous News & Notes Items:
NYTimes Dance Of The Vampires Ad and AMEX Ticket Offer
An ad is scheduled to run in this Sunday's New York Times putting advance
tickets on sale for American Express Gold, Platinum, Centurion and select
Corporate card holders. This offer is tentatively scheduled to be valid
May 5th - May 19.
Vittoria! (Aida) OperaBabes
There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the Steinman produced track
Vittoria! (Aida) as recorded by the OperaBabes. This information is direct
from Sony and is, hopefully, accurate.
* Jim's original mix of Vittoria! is on the FIFA World Cup 2002 CD in
most territories outside of the UK (where it has been replaced by One
* On June 10th (tentative date) a single including a Vittoria! remix will
be released worldwide, but again, different territories are free to choose
another track if they desire.
* A remix of Vittoria! is slated to appear on the OperaBabes debut release
Beyond Imagination worldwide but NOT on the initial UK recording. The
UK will get the Vittoria! remix as an added track in conjunction with
a TV ad campaign in the Fall as part of a Christmas sales promotion.
"Vittoria!" is MAGNIFICO
The Jim Steinman produced Vittoria (Aida) is now available in certain
regions of the world on "Fever Pitch - Official 2002 Fifa World Cup."
Other release dates are as follows: France May 7 th, US - May 21st, Europe
- May 25th. Please note - Steinman's track is not scheduled to be on the
OperaBabes debut CD "Beyond Imagination" or the FIFA World Cup
UK version. Order accordingly as you won't want to miss this stunner!
Tell Me All About It
Jim has interviewed (and played piano for) an upcoming VH1 program. "Ultimate
Albums - Bat Out Of Hell" is tentatively scheduled to air in late
May and also features interviews with many of Bat Out Of Hell's contributors.
"Ultimate Albums'' is a new series that examines a single important
record in each weekly one-hour episode, recounting in detail why it connected
the artist and the audience, and how it forever changed their lives and
our culture. (more about the series)
To Hell With That!
The Bat Out Of Hell II : Back Into Hell Deluxe Edition release has been
canceled. Read more.
Stake Claim To Vampires
(Variety) USA Ostar Theatricals, Robert Boyett Theatricals and Lawrence
Horowitz have joined David Sonenberg and Andrew Braunsberg as producing
partners on "Dance of the Vampires." Barry Diller and Bill Haber's
USA Ostar is currently repped on Broadway with the revival of "Noises
Off." Horowitz, exec producer of TV's "A Moment of Truth"
movies, had been a producer on the Broadway productions of "Electra"
and "It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues." Boyett made his Broadway
producer debut last autumn with "Hedda Gabler" and has also
invested in "The Crucible," "Sweet Smell of Success"
and "Topdog/Underdog." The veteran TV producer brought "Laverne
& Shirley" and "Bosom Buddies," among other shows,
to the tube.
"Dance of the Vampires" is based on Roman Polanski's 1967 film
"The Fearless Vampire Killers." After a long run in Vienna,
the musical by composer Jim Steinman and lyricist-book writer Michael
Kunze was originally announced to open last fall at the Minskoff Theater.
After the events of Sept. 11, it was pushed back a full year to September
2002. Now it has been moved to Nov. 14 due to changes in the creative
team. Co-directors John Caird and Steinman have been replaced by John
Rando ("Urinetown"). David Gallo is the new set designer. Other
new names will be forthcoming, but Michael Crawford continues as the headliner.
That's Opera, Babe!
Jim has completed work producing a song for the Opera Babes. Titled "Vittoria!"
- a composition by Giuseppe Verdi, the track will be featured on the spring
2002 Sony UK FIFA WORLD CUP CD as well as on the upcoming CD by the Opera
Babes. Jim has also interview in support of the project.
The Opera Babes are soprano Rebecca Knight and mezzo-soprano Karen England.
The two young ladies were picked to sing at the finals of the FA Cup and
Champions League in 2001 after being spotted singing on the streets outside
the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, England. Soon after they were signed
to a record deal with Sony UK.
Back Into Hell...Again.
Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL II: BACK INTO HELL Expanded Into Two-CD DELUXE
EDITION Featuring Three Versions Of 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't
Do That)' to be released March 19, 2002. Press
NEW GARBO MUSICAL TO OPEN IN SWEDEN THIS YEAR
A new Swedish musical about the life of reclusive Swedish-born film legend
Greta Garbo will open in Stockholm in September, Swedish news agency TT
"Garbo the Musical" will feature new material about the star
recently released by her relatives in the United States and music inspired
by pop star Celine Dion, producer Mikael Hellqvist told the agency. Read
DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES - The Most Successful Musical
12/12/01 Stella Entertainment Press Release - Stuttgart
Market Leader STELLA Entertainment AG's production of DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES
has been seen by more than 600,000 visitors this year and is the most
successful German musical of 2001. In addition, the trade magazine Musicals
named DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES the distinguished recipient of the 2001 Reader's
Choice Award for "Favorite Long-Running Musical."
The numbers speak for themselves! "DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES is the
most successful musical in Germany," explains Klaus von der Heyde,
Chairman of the Board of STELLA Entertainment AG. "It's a musical
that's appealed to a completely new target group and has allowed us to
bring a younger demographic of visitors into our theaters."
Since March 31, 2000, when the VAMPIRES began their mischief, crowds
of people have found their way to Stuttgart - and more continue to come.
On the 12th of December, 2001 the one-millionth visitor experienced DANCE
OF THE VAMPIRES live in Stuttgart.
There are big plans in the coming years for Vampires. "The musical
is doing so well that we plan to keep it in Stuttgart until at least 2004,"
said Klaus von der Heyde. In addition to this achievement, DANCE OF THE
VAMPIRES is expected to become the first original German-language production
to transfer to Broadway, New York in the autumn of next year. German
Vampires Enlist You!
A temporary webpage has been established at -
There is a "news only" list you can subscribe to. Join and
you'll receive automatic alerts (that will include website & show
updates plus special information) direct to your e-mailbox.
Every hour of waiting just enhances our lust....
On October 5, 2001, David Sonenberg, producer of Dance Of The Vampires
confirmed that the show would not open in April 2002 as had been initially
planned. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have made it necessary
to reschedule. Here is the excerpt from the New York Times:
Delay for `Vampires'
There is another Broadway postponement to report: "Dance of the
Vampires," a musical based on the 1967 Roman Polanski film "The
Fearless Vampire Killers," will not be seen this season.
Its producer, David Sonenberg, said yesterday that he had decided to
push back the show's opening until next fall. The show, originally scheduled
for late April, will instead open on Oct. 24 at the Minskoff Theater.
Mr. Sonenberg said most of the show's creative team, including John Caird,
the co-director, was based in London, which caused myriad logistic delays.
"We haven't been able to do anything productive since all this happened,"
he said. "We just realized there was no way to open before the Tony
Coming To Broadway October 24, 2002!
DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES
A new musical by Jim Steinman and Michael Kunze
Based on the film by Roman Polanski
Michael Crawford returns to Broadway for the first time since his Tony
Award®- winning performance in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES is a hot wired fairy tale
in which an aristocratic, charismatic vampire, Count Von Krolock, jousts
with a young passionate student, Alfred, to win the body and soul of a
beautiful eighteen year old virgin, Sarah, who only knows that she wants
From an award-winning creative team comes the musical
event of the season.
DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES is a spectacular rollercoaster ride, twisting
and turning from romance to comedy to horror, all set against an opulent
score and explosive dance.
Get ready for a total eclipse over Broadway.
Please visit http://www.danceofthevampires.com
to join the
Dance Of The Vampires Information Hotline E-mail List!
Michael Crawford To Dance
NEW YORK (Variety) - Fourteen years after his blood-letting turn in "The
Phantom of the Opera,'' actor Michael Crawford returns to Broadway this
season in another musical of the macabre, "Dance of the Vampires.''
Based on Roman Polanski's 1967 movie spoof "The Fearless Vampire
Killers," the show opens April 11 at the Minskoff Theater. Full
Casting Begins and Tentative Opening Dates Announced!
Casting for Dance Of The Vampires will begin September 4th in New York.
Rehearsals are slated to start January 7, 2002. According to current plans,
the first preview at Broadway's Minskoff Theater will be on March 5th
and the show will officially open a month later on April 11th. All this
point, all dates remain tentative.
And The Melodys Gonna Make Me Fly
Steve Barton, Tanz der Vampires original Count von Krolock, died July
21, 2001. May he rest without pain, without fear. Godspeed, Steve.
Holy Garbo, Batman!
A long list of varied projects are still in development and making very
good progress...they include, among others, Warners development
of the Steinman/Ives musical Batman. MTV is still slated to produce Wuthering
Heights California for next season, and Jim is creating yet another new
musical based on the life of Greta Garbo. Greta Garbo The Musical is tentatively
scheduled to open in 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden before, hopefully, moving
to Berlin, Londons West End and Broadway. The show features a book
by Warner Brown. Music will be composed and arranged by Michael Reed and
Jim Steinman. The shows director will be Scott Faris.
A WICKed Tribute!
John Wick, award-winning author and game designer (best known for his
work on Legend of the Five Rings and 7th Sea for AEG), is developing a
new Role Playing Game called Neverland and inspired by the music of Jim
The Windy Cities:
Whistle Down The Wind - UK Tour 2001 - 2002
Design by PAUL FARNSWORTH
Lighting by NICK RICHINGS
Choreography by HENRY METCALFE
Musical director DAVID STEADMAN
Produced & directed by BILL KENWRIGHT
The following information was provided by Bill Kenwright Ltd. and is
subject to change. Please confirm all details of interest to you directly
with the venue. Box office numbers have been provided.
Sept. 14 - 29 Theater Royal, Plymouth - Box Office 01752267222
Oct. 2 - 13 Kings Theater, Glasgow - Box Office 01412875429
Oct. 15 - 22 Alhambra, Bradford - Box Office 01274752000
Oct. 29 - Nov 5 New Theatre, Cardiff - Box Office 02920878889
Nov. 12 - 19 Hippodrome, Birmingham - Box Office 01216227486
Nov. 26 - ? To Be Confirmed
Dec. 3 - 15 Apollo Theatre, Oxford - Box Office 01865244544
Dec. 17 - Jan. 14 Empire Theatre, Liverpool - Box Office 01517083206
Jan. 21 - Feb 2 Festival Theatre, Edinburg - Box Office 01315296000
Feb. 4 - Feb16 Empire Theatre, Sunderland - Box Office 01915142517
Feb. 18 - 25 Grand Theatre. Wolverhampton - Box Office 01902421447
March 4 - 11 His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen - Box Office 01224641122
March 18 - 30 Opera House, Manchester - Box Office 01612422525
April 1 - 13 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton - Box Office 02380711811
April 15 - ? To Be Confirmed
April 22 - ? To Be Confirmed
April 29 - May 6 Hippodrome, Bristol 01179299444
Vampire State Building:
An English language reading of Dance Of The Vampires was held April 27th
in New York for the shows investors. A workshop production will
be staged in mid-May for theater owners. The cast for the reading and
workshop is as listed below:
Steve Barton - Count von Krolock (Phantom Of The Opera)
Sarah Uriarte Berry - Sarah (Les Miserables)
Max von Essen - Alfred (Jesus Christ Superstar)
William Youmans - Professor Abronsius (Titanic)
Tom Alan Robbins - Chagal (The Lion King)
Bertilla Baker - Rebecca (Titanic)
Kate Shindle - Magda (Caberet - she is also the former Miss America, 1998)
Jason Wooten - Herbert (Footloose, also Starmites 2001)
Ken Jennings - Koukol (Sweeney Todd)
Dance Of The Vampires -
Book by Jim Steinman, David Ives and John Caird as adapted from the German
libretto of Michael Kunze.
Music and Lyrics by Jim Steinman
Directed by Jim Steinman & John Caird
Executive Producer is Andrew Braunsberg
Produced by Elizabeth Williams & Anita Waxman
Planned Broadway arrival is early 2002.
Opening Date and Theater To Be Announced.
Development of Batman - The Musical (Book by Ives, Music/Lyrics by Steinman)
for Warner Brothers continues. The show may receive a reading later this
Vampires Begin The Dance Toward Broadway:
The reading for U.S. producers and investors of Dance Of The Vampires
is planned for the last week of April in New York. John Caird will co-direct
with Jim. David Ives (who wrote the book for the upcoming Warner Bros.
Steinman/Ives musical - Batman) is now also involved in Dance Of The Vampires
as the one of the projects librettists.
Thrilled with the final script (Ives) and score (Steinman) presented to
them for Batman The Musical, Warner Bros. Has green-lighted
the project for a late 2002 arrival in Gotham. Possible directors for
the projects are being explored at this time.
A Hell Of A Cover:
A Q Magazine special edition - The 100 Best Record Covers Of All Time
features the cover art for Bat Out Of Hell. Art by Corben -Concept by
Steinman. The write-up is featured on this web site at: 100
Forbidden Fires Burn In Boston:
A new Steinman related project is now underway, with Jim's consent, called
Forbidden Fire...The Musical Legacy of Jim Steinman. The project is the
brainchild of Lisa "Lucky" DesPres, the talent coordinator and
artistic director of one of the largest club venues in the Boston, Massachusetts
area. Collaborating with Lisa are Angie Winterbottom and Emily DeGraff
both longtime and profound Steinmaniacs. The show will be done revue style
with Steinman songs serving as both the musical numbers and the emotional
premise upon which each of the various scenes is written. Top caliber
talent has already been recruited and Gary Cherone (formerly of Extreme
/ Van Halen and presently with Tribe of Judah) has been confirmed as one
of the show's stars. Forbidden Fire plans a Fall 2002 opening in Boston
with hopes of moving to New York shortly thereafter. A statement from
"We're very fortunate to have a muse of such legendary standing
as Mr. Steinman. It is our mission to reintroduce his music to the world
in a way that allows the fundamental heroism to shine through. Though
most (lay-persons) are familiar with a number his songs, they unfortunately
don't make the connection. They don't know there is one man behind an
epic body of work. We look forward to the resounding "WOW" when
the general public realizes that the same man who brought them Paradise
By The Dashboard Light, also brought them Total Eclipse and It's All Coming
Back to Me Now. It's time
for Jim and his music to be appreciated autonomously. In the manner one
recognizes a Mozart composition - or on a more contemporary level, those
of Leiber and Stohler. Indeed, few contemporary composers have enjoyed
such longevity. Let us celebrate the artist who "made" the music
as we've celebrated the artists who have performed it."
Lisa "Lucky" DesPres
Producer Forbidden Fire
More Bat To Love
On January 30th Legacy, a division of Sony Music, released an "expanded"
version of Bat Out Of Hell. This new edition features two additional tracks
recorded live at Nassau Coliseum in Hempstead (Long Island), New York
in 1978. New tracks include Steinman's adaptation of classical composer
Maurice Ravel's "Bolero"( which was used to open the stage show for the
original Bat Out Of Hell Tour) and a blistering 15 minute "in-concert"
version of the album's title track. Read a well-written review of this
I'm Obsessed With Obsession:
MTV announced, as part of it's plan to develop 10 new original movies,
"Wuthering Heights." The Emily Bronte classic about obsessive love takes
a new spin in a contemporary adaptation based on a screenplay by Jim Steinman
and Patricia Louisiana Knop. Jim will be executive producer and compose
the original score for the movie. The writers, Max Enscoe and Annie deYoung,
are currently working on two horror-thriller scripts (Day The World Ended
& The Spider) for HBO and expect their first cinematic release to come
in Fall of 2001 with "Wooly Boys." MTV generally spends in excess of 4
million dollars per movie and expects to complete production on "Wuthering
Heights" in late 2001 or early 2002.
We'll Miss It, No Matter What:
Whistle Down The Wind has closed in London after a successful 2 1/2 year
run that spawned the immensely successful single, No Matter What. Collectors
will be interested to know that Donny Osmond covers that song on his current
release "This Is The Moment."
January 19th, 2001
After a West End run of over two and a half years, the Andrew
and Jim Steinman musical, Whistle Down the Wind, will close at the Aldwych
theatre on Saturday Jan 6th 2001.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, "I am sad to see "Whistle Down the Wind" go,
a two and half year run is pretty good. Although with hindsight I feel
might have been treading water, the show did contain 'No Matter What',
biggest ever Number One hit in the UK, and many other songs of which I
extremely proud. That is why I will return to it."
There is talk about the show possibly changing theaters - (the Aldwych
one of the many owned by ALW's RUG) - or taking it on tour. It's sad news
because the musical is really very beautiful, consistently placed in the
10 selling shows of the West End and recouped it's investment.
October 30, 2000
Let The Revels Begin - Vampires Dance On Broadway:
Dance Of The Vampires is scheduled to arrive on Broadway in Fall 2001.
The show will feature book, music and lyrics by Steinman and he'll also
Holy Cow - It's Batman:
Work on Batman - The Musical, (a Warners Brothers project), continues.
Steinman provides music and lyrics for a David Ives book. It will likely come to
Broadway in the 2001-2002 season.
Isn't It Romantic?:
Frank Wildhorn is developing a new concept in musical theater. His project
is called The Romantics and on it he'll collaborate with a variety of
lyricists, including Jim Steinman, Don Black and Stephen Schwartz. Wildhorn
describes it as "a multi-layered project about ten couples." (Couples include
Adam & Eve, Bonnie & Clyde, and F.Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald). Wildhorn hopes
The Romantics will spawn two albums, a television special, material to use in
a concert setting and two complete musicals. Wildhorn's wife (Jekyll and Hyde
star) Linda Eder, is the female star of the show and will be featured in all
female lead parts. Steinman will provide lyrics for the Ladyhawke section of
the musical. Ladyhawke is the story of two lovers - cursed to walk through
life together, yet endlessly apart. Separated by an evil spell, they
alternate between animal (hawk or wolf) and human form - allowed to be
together, both as humans, during the brief moments when day turns to night
and night turns to day. A total eclipse helps bring an end to black magic
that plagues them.
Until The Very End, I'm There:
RUG Denies Whistle Down The Wind Closing Rumors:
Rumors have been circulating, (largely started by remarks made by Andrew
Lloyd Webber to Variety Magazine while doing press for his current musical,
The Beautiful Game) that Whistle Down The Wind may close in January 2001.
RUG denies this and is booking through Spring 2001. Whistle Down The Wind
continues to do well - 2 1/2 years since opening, it generally ranks in the
West End Top 10 and it's almost completely recouped all investment money.
The Aldwych Theater, where Whistle is housed, is not one of the many West
End theaters owned by RUG/ALW. My hope is that this philosophical and
poignant work will continue to be available to audiences for many years to
No Matter Where There's Darkness, I Bring My Song To You:
Michael Ball sings No Matter What on his upcoming release "Michael Ball - This
Time...It's Personal." The CD is scheduled for released on October 23rd with
a video release scheduled to follow.
Forever's Gonna Start Tonight:
Pia Douwes, Uwe Kroeger, Viktor Gernot and Marika Lichter teamed to perform
four concerts in Vienna last September. The show, called "In Love Again...With
Musicals," featured a Pia Douwes and Uwe Kroeger duet on Totale Finsternis
(Total Eclipse Of the Heart) from Tanz der Vampire. A live recording release
is planned and this number is slated for inclusion. A release date has not
yet been announced.
Did You Get To Try Anything New?:
In addition to the above, Jim continues to work on a variety of exciting
projects. Although it's premature to discuss these "back burner" projects
with certainty, they include developing new talent for the Ravenous Records
label, developing a screenplay for TV, plus work on an assortment of
No Way Jose!:
Jim Steinman is not involved with Meat Loaf's latest recording endeavor, Fun
October 9, 2000
Restless Records / DAS Label Press Release
23 YEARS AND 37 MILLION RECORDS LATER ...
"BAT OUT OF HELL" GOES COUNTRY
Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has
sold over 37 million copies since. A new spin on the extraordinarily
successful rock-opera classic will feature various country artists
covering the tunes on "Bat Out Of Nashville." More
On July 26th VH1 plans to air "Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back,"
a new original movie that tells Meat Loaf's version of his dramatic rise
to fame in the 1970s, his subsequent fall as a result of personal and
professional problems, and his return to fame after recording the sequel
to Bat Out Of Hell in 1993 with Jim Steinman. W. Earl Brown ("There's
Something About Mary") stars as Meat Loaf, Dedee Pfeiffer ("For
Your Love") as Lesley Aday and Zachary Throne ("Frank Leaves for
the Orient") as the Meat's legendary inventor, Jim Steinman. The film
is directed by Jim McBride ("Great Balls of Fire," "The Big
Steinman and most others portrayed in the film, aside from Meat Loaf,
were not consulted on the script with regard to accuracy or content.
Stuttgart's Tanz der Vampire stars Kevin Tarte and Barbara Köhler's performance of
"Totale Finsternis" on the German TV station ZDF- Sendung on the program
"Straße der Lieder" has been rescheduled. They are now tentatively scheduled to appear April 22nd.
The Stuttgart cast of Tanz der Vampire are also scheduled to appear on
"Kinderquatsch mit Michael" on April 1st but that date is also subject to change.
Jim's record label, Ravenous, is now associated with the Columbia
Records family of music. A variety of projects are being planned.
"Dance Of The Vampires" (Stuttgart, Germany version) opens
March 31, 2000 with previews beginning mid/late March. Returning visitors
to the show will be pleased to find an extended and re-written Draussen
Ist Freiheit/dance sequence. Visit Stella on-line for booking and ticket
** "Dance Of The Vampires" (United States version) is working
toward a Fall 2001 Broadway arrival. Contrary to a report appearing in a
New York paper's gossip column, Roman Polanski will not be directing the
** Jim continues to prepare "Batman : The Musical" for Warner
Bros. with book by David Ives, music and lyrics by Steinman.
** Filming is set to begin on VH1's Meat Loaf bio-pic "To Hell And
Back." Although an actor has been cast and a role scripted for
Steinman, Jim was not involved in script development nor will he assist
** A United States release of "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Plays The Music Of Meat Loaf" is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday,
April 25, 2000. Orchestral renditions of Bat Out Of Hell, Dead Ringer For
Love, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Rock And Roll Dreams Come
Through, I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), Read 'em And
Weep, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, and Paradise By The Dashboard Light are
featured on the 12 track collection. The Royal Philharmonic, one of the
premier orchestras in the world, have previously featured the songs of U2,
R.E.M Oasis and Madonna.
Current Cast For The Stuttgart Premiere Of Dance Of The Vampires:
Count von Krolock - Kevin Tarte
Von Krolock (alternate) - Charles Fornara
Alfred - Aris Sas
Alfred (alternate) - Fritz Schmid
Sarah - Barbara Köhler
Sarah (alternate) - Christina Koeb
Professor Abronsius - Werner Bauer
Chagal - James Sbano
Rebecca - Anne Welte
Herbert - Thomas Mülner
Magda - Maaike Schuurmans
Koukol - Torsten Flach
Raymond Sepe - Understudy Krolock / Chagal
René Rosenburg - Understudy Alfred / Professor
Isabella Prühs - Understudy Magda
Juliana Albrecht - Understudy Rebecca
Damian Kacperski, Akos Tihanyi, Philip Ranson, Bart Sluis, Witalji Kühne, Francseco
Anne Tiger Days, Liane Maynard, Isabella Massé, Virginia Kop, Tiziana
Norbert Kohler - Understudy Alfred / Herbert
Frank Röbling - Understudy Professor
Alexander Wengel - Understudy Koukol
Andrew Hunt - Dance Captain
Lillemor Spitzer - Understudy Sarah
Maryanne Kelly - Understudy Magda
Marion Furtner - Understudy Sarah
Tanz der Vampire prepares to open in Stuttgart, Germany
(Previews start March 17th, Opening Night - March 31st, 2000)
Booking Information: http://www.musical.de/vampire/de/html/index.html
Main Character Cast:
Count von Krolock: Kevin Tarte (alternate): Charles Fornara
Alfred: Aris Sas (alternate): Fritz Schmid
Sarah: Barbara Köhler (alternate): Christina Koeb
Professor Abronsius: Werner Bauer
Chagal : James Sbano
Rebecca: Anne Welte
Herbert: Thomas Mülner
Magda: Maaike Schuurmans
Koukol: Torsten Flach
On Saturday March 25th, Kevin Tarte and Barbara Köhler (Stuttgart's Krolock
and Sarah) will perform "Totale Finsternis" on the German TV station
Sendung on the program "Straße der Lieder."
NEW YORK MORNING SHOW LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE OVERLOOKED CANDIDATES FOR
The New York morning team of Steve Mason & Sue Kolinsky who host what they
call "The Anti Show" on 102.7 WNEW have launched the online ROCK HALL OVERSIGHT PETITION at the show's website at
The list of overlooked candidates was compiled by Mason, Kolinsky, and callers over a period of weeks. "There were some obvious ommissions like
Aerosmith and Queen," says Mason, "but there are also some personal favorites." Sue Kolinsky is a big fan of Steely Dan and Laura
Mason is a Harry Chapin afficianado and, having grown up in Toledo, has a soft spot for straight ahead rock like 38 Special, REO
Speedwagon, and Cheap
Trick. Two of the candidates who have clearly earned a place in The Rock Hall, but might not garner support without a public push are Burt Bacharach
and Bernie Taupin. "Bacharach's career and influence spans the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's," Mason points out. "From his string of hits with Dionne
Warwick to his recent collaborations with Elvis Costello, he is a distinctive musical voice that deserves recognition. As for
Taupin, it is
his lyrics that created hit after hit for Elton John. The Rock Hall is for songwriters as much as it is for performers."
Visitors to the website at www.stevemason.com
can vote for as many of the candidates as they believe are deserving of Rock immortality. Mason &
Kolinsky will foreward all online petitions to Rock Hall voters, the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame, and to major music publications. Here is a list of all of
the candidates on THE MASON & KOLINSKY ROCK HALL OVERSIGHT PETITION.
38 Special, Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Harry Chapin, Cheap Trick, Don McLean,
Moody Blues, Rush, Laura Nyro, Queen, Stevie Nicks (solo), REO Speedwagon, Jim Steinman (writer/producer),
Bernie Taupin, Steely Dan
Jim recently interviewed for 20/20. The episode is scheduled to air Thursday October
28th 1999 on ABC Television.
The Classic Albums Special : Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell will be shown on ITV on
October 23rd 1999. This show features extensive interview clips with Jim. See
Rockman's Classic Albums preview section for samples. The show will also be released on
VHS and DVD. Limited edition packages including the Bat Out Of Hell CD will also be
The CD Pavarotti & Friends For Guatemala and Kosovo has been released on Decca
Records (289466600-2). The album features a spectacular debut with Pavarotti and Boyzone
performing No Matter What. There is also a video of the concert, directed by Spike Lee,
A new CD called, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Meat Loaf
(MCCD403), has been released in the United Kingdom. The CD features orchestral
versions of 12 songs of which 8 are penned by Jim - those songs are:
Bat Out Of Hell / Dead Ringer / You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth /
Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through / I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do
That) / Read 'Em And Weep / Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad / Paradise By The Dashboard Light
The CD can be ordered on-line for HMV Direct, the telephone # (U.S. callers) is
011 44 990 334578
Whistle Down The Wind has extended it's booking period at the Aldwych Theater in
London. You can now purchase tickets through September 2000.
"Boyzone will be performing No Matter What on General Hospital on August
Boyzone will be in Los Angeles July 1 & 2 taping an appearance on General Hospital.
They'll be performing No Matter What. Exact air date is yet to be determined but it should
be shortly after the taping.
To hear a bit of Luciano Pavarotti and Boyzone's duet of No Matter What click here.
Jim is featured in Entertainment Weekly's issue - The 100 Most Talented People.
It Broadway Rocker JIM STEINMAN
AGE 49 WHY HIM? The writer-producer behind Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell is the Great White
Way's new lullabier. Steinman's Whistle Down the Wind, a collaboration with Andrew Lloyd
Webber, comes to the U.S. next year; his Dance of the Vampires, directed by Roman
Polanski, will debut on B'way by Halloween 2000; then he'll turn the Caped Crusader into a
crooner for Batman: The Musical, in 2001. WORK HABITS "I'm nocturnal. My favorite
thing is to go to sleep around noon, wake at 6 p.m., and work through the night."
Creative crutch "I listen to Wagner and the Beach Boys. And I watch Hitchcock. I once
got kicked out of an apartment for playing the score from Psycho too loud." WORST JOB
"Playing in the opening act for Bette Midler at a bathhouse in New York. I was all
dressed up and everyone else was in towels." NEXT Studying bat habits for Batman:
"I'm starting to sleep upside down in a tree."
Also, ITV will soon be featuring Bat Out Of Hell as part of their "Classic Albums" series.
Jim loved the Beta Band! Despite persistent press reports that say otherwise, Jim never
objected to their use of parts of Total Eclipse Of The Heart on The Hard One. After all,
it's a ten minute long song - and Jim's so fond of those!
No Matter What! It's Boyzone's first US single but it's also something of anthem among
Boyzone fans as a way to express their support and affection for Stephen Gately who has
just publicly announced that he's gay. The song in the United States (which at this time,
sadly, is not supported by a single, video or tour) is making steady progress at radio
stations across the country. The Notting Hill soundtrack was Billboards "greatest
gainer" for the last two weeks in a row.
Boyzone's No Matter What hits the US airwaves Monday, May 10th! Call your local
stations to request it!
Jim has been nominated for a Tony in association with the musical Footloose. Among the
show's other nominations, it received one for Best Original Score. Others in the category
Original Score: Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
``Footloose'', Jason Robert Brown ``Parade,'' Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy ``The Civil
War,'' Jeanine Tesori ``Twelfth Night.''
**Whistle Down The Wind's Original London Cast Recording has been released on Really
Useful/Polydor records .
**Major cast changes in the show include Laura Michelle Kelly replacing Lottie Mayor as
Swallow and Glenn Carter replacing Marcus Lovett as The Man. New cast starts May 3rd.
**Dance Of The Vampires is tentatively planning it's Broadway debut for Fall 2000. The
current production running in Vienna will most likely close in January 2000. Another
production is slated to open in Stuttgart soon after that.
**No Matter What as performed by Boyzone has been honored with two Ivor Novello Award
nominations for International Hit Of The Year and Best Selling British single.
**No Matter What will be making it's U.S. debut as the first single off the Notting
Hill Motion Picture Soundtrack available May 18th in America. This love story, starring
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, is from the same writing team as Four Weddings And A
Funeral. The film will be released worldwide May 28th.
**Boyzone's first U.S. TV appearance will be on The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Tentatively
scheduled to air May 26th - they'll be performing No Matter What!
**To read an article written by Keith Duffy of Boyzone click here.
**Although many of Jim's current projects are still in the embryonic state one that
seems to be quickly taking shape is Warner Brother's Batman Musical - a project for which
Jim will be writing both music and lyrics. To read a NY Daily News article about the
project click here.