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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'


Bat Out Of Hell 2020 US tour now postponed due to COVID-19 precautions

The late-April shows in Tampa, FL have now been postponed as all non-essential business in the region closes.

More info: Information from the venue, Official Bat Out Of Hell website


Postponements / cancellations due to COVID-19 precautions

All large-venue theatre is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions, and Jim Steinman musicals are no exception. Here's a list of affected shows, and where to find more information on the current state of affairs. Stay safe, everyone!

(Information correct as of 13th March 2020)

Whistle Down The Wind, Japan.
Currently postponed until March 19. Refunds are available.
More info: official website (Japanese)

Dance Of The Vampires, Denmark.
Closed until March 29th. If you had a ticket to any of the cancelled performances, the Det Ny Teater box office will contact you by 21th March for ticket exchange.
More info: Det Ny Teater website

Dance Of The Vampires, Germany.
All Stage Entertainment shows are closed until April 19th. This means that the show has now closed in Oberhausen and will reopen in Stuttgart in April.
More info: Stage Entertainment website (German)

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical : Atlantic City, NJ.
All events at this venue postponed until April 15th. Bat Out Of Hell is cancelled, tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
More info: Press release

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical : Hollywood, FL.
All events at this venue postponed until April 15th. Bat Out Of Hell is cancelled, the show is no longer listed.
More info: Press release

Hard Rock Hotels Tampa, FL are also closing all events until April 15th, but Bat isn't due to open there until April 21st, so tickets are currently still on sale. But there's no knowing right now whether or not the ban will be extended through April.
More info: Press release, Tickets

Lena Hall's Obsessed : Steinman
Her show in San Francisco is postponed, but will be rescheduled.
More info: Lena Hall on Twitter


Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - cast and sing-along show announcements

Two sets of announcements today regarding Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - the cast is revealed, and various sing-along shows are announced for the UK.

Role US Australia UK
STRAT GLENN ADAMSON   GLENN ADAMSON
RAVEN MARTHA KIRBY MARTHA KIRBY MARTHA KIRBY
FALCO ALEX MELCHER ALEX MELCHER ROB FOWLER
SLOANE TAMSIN DOWSETT TAMSIN DOWSETT SHARON SEXTON

And for all shows worldwide:

Role Actor
TINK KILLIAN THOMAS LEFEVRE
ZAHARA JORDAN FRAZIER
JAGWIRE JONATHAN BISHOP
VALKYRIE KELLIE GNAUCK
LEDOUX ALEX LODGE
KWAIDAN EMILY BETH HARRINGTON
VILMOS AMY MATTHEWS
SCHERZZO REBECCA LAFFERTY
HOFFMAN / ALTERNATE STRAT SAMUEL POPE
MARKEVITCH / FIGHT CAPTAIN ANDY PROSSER
DENYM / ASSISTANT DANCE CAPTAIN JACK HEASMAN
O'DESSASUITE JAMES CHISHOLM
HOLLANDER ANDREW CARTHY
ASTROGANGER / SWING RORY MAGUIRE
GODDESILLA / DANCE CAPTAIN / SWING BILLIE HARDY

"The show has also announced special sing-along performances across the tour. These will take place on Thursday 24 September in Manchester, Thursday 8 October in Birmingham, Thursday 22 October in Wimbledon, Thursday 5 November in Oxford, Thursday 19 November in Glasgow and Thursday 10, 17 and the matinee of 31 December in Liverpool. Audiences members are encouraged to dress up and join in with the performance."

Sources: What's On Stage, Official website


Danielle Steers - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - video

BroadwayWorld have exclusive video of Danielle Steers' cover of the Jim Steinman / Pandora's Box song The Future Ain't What It Used To Be.

Follow this link: Danielle Steers - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - video

This is the title track from her album of covers of Jim Steinman songs which is due out on March 2nd.


Lena Hall Obsessed : Jim Steinman - March 27, 28 2020

Lena Hall, 2020

Did you want to attend Lena Hall's Obsessed : Jim Steinman show last year, but you were busy living in San Francisco and the show was in New York, and that's way too far to travel?

Well, good news! Lena Hall is doing her Obsessed : Jim Steinman show again on March 27th and 28th 2020, but this time at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco!

Featuring the music of Jim Steinman made famous by Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler, and Barbra Streisand, to name a few. Songs include “Holding Out For A Hero,” “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” “I Would Do Anything For Love,” “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” and many, many more.

Info and tickets: Lena Hall Obsessed : Jim Steinman at Feinstein's at the Nikko


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