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Andrew Polec's Legacy Of Love

Does this man need any introduction? He spent years starring as Strat in Bat Out Of Hell The Musical, performed as Baal in the Dream Engine at the Amherst College reunion 50 years after Jim Steinman played the role himself. He is the man Jim Steinman fondly referred to as "The Miracle".

Andrew Polec is doing a solo show! And you can buy a ticket and watch it streamed! Tickets are available for $25 US dollars - stream live, or on demand - whichever is your preference.

Live debut viewing party on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm (Eastern), hosted by Andrew Polec. Video available until August 28.


Holding Out For A Hero goes Platinum in the UK

Following a month where Holding Out For A Hero was featured in a trailer for the new Netflix series Masters of the Universe : Revelation, a trailer for an upcoming Marvel Comics Guardians Of The Galaxy video game, and in a scene in the hit Disney+ TV series Loki, the song has been certified Platinum in the UK!

Read more on Bonnie Tyler's website.


Tanz Der Vampire to re-open in Germany and Hungary

Theatre is re-opening in Europe! Two productions of Tanz Der Vampire are scheduled for this year:

July 15 - July 20, 2021 : Vámpírok bálja, at the Magyar Theatre in Budapest, Hungary.

October 6, 2021 onwards : Tanz Der Vampire, at the Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart, Germany.


Premiere : Ellen Foley : Are You Good Enough

Ellen Foley has released a second song from her upcoming album! Also, she is now selling a limited number of autographed copies of the album on CD, through Bandcamp, priced at $30 USD.

Paul Zollo of American Songwriter magazine writes:

“Are You Good Enough” so rocks right out of the gate that it is thrilling. And this thrill expanded even more as I listened to it the first time. And also the next thousand-plus times. It is the kind of rock and roll we’ve missed: essential and pure.

And Amplify Magazine say of the album:

The wide array of talent has delivered a diverse, radio-friendly collection of eleven songs. First single “I’m Just Happy to Be Here” is a jubilant sugar rush featuring Foley duetting with fellow Meat Loaf alumnae Karla DeVito. “Leave Him Janie” is a tender rocker that evokes the storied days of Laurel Canyon. “I’ll Be True” and Foley’s cover of Wilson Pickett’s “I Found a Love” are emotive rhythm & blues infused with the girl group harmonies which enraptured Foley as a youth in St. Louis. “I Call My Pain by Your Name” is Foglino’s convincing take on country blues. And while the record is primarily an organic-sounding, roots-rock affair, the closing track, Foley’s version of Meat Loaf’s “Heaven Can Wait,” finds the vocalist closing the curtain with an altogether different dramatic flair. Although Foley did not contribute to the original version of this Steinman-penned track from Bat Out of Hell, she now makes it fully her own, with a dramatic, show-stopping solo vocal performance.

The album, Fighting Words, is available for presale (digital download and physical CD) on Bandcamp. The release date is August 6, 2021.


Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - 2021 - 2022 UK and Ireland tour announcements

Huge tour announcement for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical today! More venues than originally planned. Notice the gap in dates Nov - Dec 2021? That's when the Australian tour will happen!

Venue Dates Phone Website
Manchester Opera House 11 September - 2 October 2021 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
New Theatre Oxford 5 - 16 October 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
King's Theatre Glasgow 19 - 30 October 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
The Alexandra, Birmingham 4 - 15 January 2022 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
New Wimbledon Theatre 18 - 29 January 0844 8717 615 Book Tickets
Stockton Globe 1 - 5 February 0843 904 0071 Book Tickets
Edinburgh Playhouse 8 - 19 February 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 12 - 16 April   Book Tickets
Stoke Regent Theatre 26 - 30 April 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 3 - 7 May 0114 249 6000 Book Tickets
Eastbourne Congress Theatre 24 - 28 May 01323 412 000 Book Tickets
Milton Keynes Theatre 14 - 25 June 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
Mayflower Theatre Southampton 28 June - 2 July 02380 711811 Book Tickets
Theatre Royal Plymouth 12 - 23 July 01752 267222 Book Tickets
Newcastle Theatre Royal 26 July - 6 August 0844 811 2121 Book Tickets
Bristol Hippodrome 9 - 20 August 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
Belfast Grand Opera House 23 - 27 August 028 9024 1919 Book Tickets
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 30 August - 10 September 0818 719 377 (ROI),
0844 248 5101 (UK NI)
Book Tickets
Hull New Theatre 13 - 24 September 01482 300306 Book Tickets
New Theatre, Cardiff 27 September - 1 October 07925 659065 Book Tickets
Liverpool Empire 4 - 15 October 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets
New Victoria Theatre, Woking 25 October - 5 November 0844 871 7615 Book Tickets

Sources: Official website,Broadway World


New single and album from Ellen Foley : Fighting Words

Ellen Foley has a new single out now, and an album coming out soon.

The album will be called FIGHTING WORDS and will be released on August 6, 2021. It will be 11 tracks long, closing out with her version of Jim Steinman's Heaven Can Wait. You can pre-order it digitally right now, on Bandcamp where you will be able to stream or download the tracks in top quality. Pre-orders are priced at $10 (USD) and you get 1 track now and the rest on release day.

The single is called "I'm Just Happy To Be Here" and features Karla DeVito singing alongside her. It's available digitally on most platforms (Spotify, Apple, YouTube Music, Soundcloud, Bandcamp), or from her own website.

In her words:

“Every song on Fighting Words could represent something I’ve made it through in life, whether it be personal relationships or experiences I’ve had as a singer and actress,” said Foley. “My songwriter, Paul Foglino, is well acquainted with the peaks and valleys of my history. He does an amazing job interpreting them into songs for me to sing. As for the album title, let’s just say that I was not a fan of the previous presidential administration. There is a definite undercurrent of resistance in songs like ‘Leave Him Janie’ or ‘This Won’t Last Forever’.”
(Full article on Amplify Music Magazine)

Jim Steinman : November 1, 1947 — April 19, 2021

Photo of Jim Steinman

Jim Steinman, Hall of Fame songwriter and Grammy-winning record producer for Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and others, has passed away due to ongoing health issues. Born November 1, 1947, in Hewlett, Long Island, he was 73 years old. In addition to his genre-defying contributions to music, Jim also leaves behind an important legacy in theater and music videos.

Ignoring the boundaries separating artforms, Steinman's style was reflected in his belief; "If you don't go over the top, you can't see what's on the other side." He was described by the LA Times as the "Richard Wagner of Rock and Roll" and is credited as "Father of the Power Ballad" for bringing theatrical rock-opera to the masses.

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Celine Dion : It's All Coming Back To Me Now, single now certified 2x Platinum

The RIAA have certified the single It's All Coming Back To Me Now as 2x multi-platinum as of March 3, 2021. Additionally, the album it's on - Falling Into You - has now gone 12x multi-platinum.

To celebrate, Celine has released a "behind the scenes" video of shooting the music video for the song:

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Single cover : Andrew Polec - You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth - Unplugged

New Release : Andrew Polec - You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth - Unplugged

Description from Andrew's Bandcamp page:

“Jim Steinman's song stripped down to its purest form - a voice and a guitar. Imagine Strat continuing to travel across a post-apocalyptic world with just a guitar strapped to his back. The fever dreams grow and he meets someone special - licking their lips and their lipstick shining, dying just to ask for a taste.”

Available to buy for $1 (or more, if you feel generous): https://andrewpolec.bandcamp.com/track/you-took-the-words-right-out-of-my-mouth-unplugged


Bat Out Of Hell The Musical Australian tour - further rescheduling

TEG Dainty wish to announce the rescheduled dates for Jim Steinman’s BAT OUT OF HELL – THE ROCK MUSICAL. The jaw dropping, heart stopping, ARENA ROCK MUSICAL featuring an international cast scheduled to take place this May will now tour Australia in November/December 2021.

Tickets will be valid for the new show dates and there is nothing further to do. We encourage you to hold on to your tickets to support the Performers and the wider industry of Venues, Agents, Managers, Promoters, Hospitality Workers and so many more!

Bat Out Of Hell Musical tour Australia 2021
  • RAC Arena, Perth WA
    Fri 7 May 2021 now valid for Thursday 18 November 2021
  • Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, SA
    Mon 10 May 2021 now valid for Sunday 21 November 2021
  • Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney NSW
    Tue 18 May 2021 now valid for Wednesday 24 November 2021
  • Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne VIC
    Thu 13 May 2021 now valid for Friday 26 November 2021
  • Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD
    Sat 15 May 2021 now valid for Sunday 28 November 2021

Patrons unable to attend the new dates listed above click here to request a full refund (including ticket insurance premium and refundable ticket purchase). Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Wed 31 March 2021.

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Single cover : Andrew Polec - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Unplugged

New Release : Andrew Polec - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Unplugged

Description from Andrew's Bandcamp page:

“Jim Steinman's song stripped down to its purest form - a voice and a guitar. Imagine Strat as a balladeer traversing a post-apocalyptic world with just a guitar strapped to his back and the driving force of love that continues to make his blood pump and fever grow - he's all revved up, but hey… that goes into another song entirely.”

Available to buy for $1 (or more, if you feel generous): https://andrewpolec.bandcamp.com/track/id-do-anything-for-love-but-i-wont-do-that-unplugged

This is the second solo unplugged cover of his, the first was Bat Out Of Hell, which you may also wish to check out!


Album cover : Danielle Steers - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

Out now on CD : Danielle Steers - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

Track listing:

  • The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
  • Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
  • Lost Boys and Golden Girls
  • Safe Sex
  • Two Ain't Out Of Three Bad
  • Surf's Up
  • Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • Holding Out For A Hero
  • Bad For Good

Available to order NOW: https://www.daniellesteers.co.uk/


Bat Out Of Hell Musical tour Australia 2021

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical 2020 Australian tour 2021 dates

TEG Dainty wish to announce the rescheduled dates for Jim Steinman’s BAT OUT OF HELL – THE ROCK MUSICAL in 2021:

  • PERTH: Friday 7 May at RAC Arena
  • ADELAIDE: Monday 10 May at Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • MELBOURNE: Thursday 13 May at Rod Laver Arena
  • BRISBANE: Saturday 15 May at Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • SYDNEY: Tuesday 18 May at Qudos Bank Arena

Ticket holders will be contacted by Ticketek. Tickets will be valid for the new show dates and there is nothing further to do. We encourage you to hold on to your tickets to support the Performers and the wider industry of Venues, Agents, Managers, Promoters, Hospitality Workers and so many more!

Tickets to the new 2021 dates are on sale now at Ticketek → http://bit.ly/BOOH20

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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Bat Out Of Hell The Musical 2020 cast sing Out Of The Frying Pan

The new touring cast of Bat Out Of Hell rehearsed the show in London, but the pandemic and travel restrictions meant they never got to travel together to perform on stage in the US or Australia.

So, Sam Pope (Hoffmann / Alternate Strat / 2nd cover Ledoux) organised this performance of Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire) with the rest of the cast and team - each recording their part in isolation.


Bat Out Of Hell The Musical 2020 Australian tour postponed until 2021

Announcement via Ticketek Australia:

TEG Dainty wish to advise that Jim Steinman's BAT OUT OF HELL – THE ROCK MUSICAL will be rescheduled to new dates in 2021 due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

We expect to announce the new dates by Friday 5 June 2020 and will contact you at this time. Your tickets will remain valid for the new dates and there will be nothing further to do, other than to hold on to your tickets.

We would like to thank you for your continued patience and support of live events.

If you are unable to hold until Friday 5 June, 2020 for the new dates please contact us here.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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Andrew Polec's Batgiving

Every Tuesday, Andrew has been live streaming from his home - a chat session and song, to raise funds for a different charity each week, in a series he calls Batgiving. If you'd like to watch, this is still ongoing and he broadcasts live each Tuesday at 3:30pm EST or 8:30pm BST via his Facebook page.

So far, he has sung (with piano accompaniment, and in many cases singing all duet parts himself):

  • I'd Do Anything For Love
  • Come In the Night
  • You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
  • It Just Won't Quit
  • Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
  • All Revved Up With No Place To Go
  • For Crying Out Loud
  • Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through
  • Making Love Out Of Nothing At All

If you would rather watch his recorded broadcasts on YouTube, his fans have kindly archived them and placed them into a playlist here.


Charlotte Anne Steen's weekly Bat Out Of Hell The Musical dance workshops

Do you want to learn dance routines from Bat Out Of Hell The Musical? Charlotte Steen - previously a member of the London West-End cast of the show - is presenting weekly choreography workshops every Saturday at 1pm (UK time) via Zoom. A new song each week! Donations are optional but gratefully received.

Follow her on Twitter for more details and to ask for an invite.


Paradise Found : video footage now on YouTube

It's been five years since PARADISE FOUND: THE LOST SONGS OF JIM STEINMAN took place at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City, and the show's director / producer Pat Cerasaro is now releasing video footage of the show via YouTube.


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This song was in the workshop version of the Michael Weller / Jim Steinman musical More Than You Deserve way back in 1973, but never made it to the full production.


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Famously a hit single for Boyzone, this song originated in the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Jim Steinman musical Whistle Down The Wind.


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The only time this was publicly performed in the English language, this song originates in the Michael Reed & Jim Steinman's musical Garbo.


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There is more to come!


Into The Fire - Meat Loaf original 1977 Bat tour recording now available on Spotify

This album is Meat Loaf Live at The Bottom Line, New York City, November 1977 - one of the two shows they recorded that night for radio broadcast.

Original Bat Out Of Hell tour line up : Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Karla DeVito, Rory Dodd, Bob and Bruce Kulick, Joe Stefko, Steve Buslowe and Paul Glanz.


Christina Bennington sings It's All Coming Back To Me Now

Live streaming from her living room, Christina Bennington sang It's All Coming Back To Me Now as an exclusive for BroadwayWorld.

BroadwayWorld haven't provided a way to embed the video, so go on over to their site to watch:

Living Room Concerts: BAT OUT OF HELL's Christina Bennington Sings 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now'


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