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Jeremy Jordan, Ellen Foley & More Star In TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN At 54 Below, 5/5
A total eclipse on Broadway!
Legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer, internationally recognized theatrical rock pioneer Jim Steinman, will be celebrated in a new 54 Below show honoring his multiple #1 songs and albums at 54 Below next month, titled TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN, with the starry cast of the evening announced earlier today.
The cast of TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN at 54 Below includes stage and screen superstar Jeremy Jordan and iconic original BAT OUT OF HELL vocalist Ellen Foley, plus several other popular performers including Constantine Maroulis, Josh Young, Justin Sargent, Kate Rockwell, Ariana DeBose, Jessica Hendy, Tyce Green and newcomer Christopher Lee Viljoen.
The official description of TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN is as follows: "'If you don't go over the top, you can't see what's on the other side.' Grammy Award-winning composer Jim Steinman is the only artist in history to write and produce the simultaneous #1 and #2 song on the 'Billboard' charts, as well as possess writing and producing credits on three of the best-selling albums ever made. Now, rock's most theatrical personality is celebrated by Broadway's biggest voices, bringing his iconic songs to the 54 Below stage. The evening will feature performances by: Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan ('The Last 5 Years,' Newsies, 'Smash'), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical), Justin Matthew Sargent (Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, Pippin, Motown), Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, 'American Idol'), Jessica Hendy (Radio City Spring Spectacular), Tyce Green (LMNOP), Christopher Lee Viljoen (54 Sings 'Chess') and Ellen Foley (Meat Loaf's duet partner on "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"). Featuring international smash hits such as "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," "It's All Coming Back To Me Now," "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", with special costume and design elements created by international celebrated haute couture designer Asher Levine, plus jaw-dropping new arrangements especially created for this one night only event, this is the epic rock theatrical event of the year. With a setlist crafted by the composer himself, the evening has been conceived by Jim Steinman and Pat Cerasaro, who will serve as director, and will be produced and music directed by Benjamin Rauhala."
TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN will occur on May 5 at 7 and 9:30 PM. Ticket information is available here.
Le Bal Des Vampires
Tanz der Vampire, Roman Polanski's hugely successful musical (featuring epic music by Jim Steinman) opens October 16th as Le Bal Des Vampires Le Musical at the Theatre Mogador in Paris, France.
Visit their website for news, ticket information and a look at this spectacular production. Join me in wishing the entire cast and crew all the best for a long and wonderful run in the City of Love & Vampires!
"I have a medical" - Jim Steinman you haven't changed a BIT!
Visit - http://baldesvampires.fr
This throne is inspired by Jim Steinman and designed especially for Jim Steinman.
This throne becomes a perfect unit with the owner by fusing with the steel wings, it comes with black leather upholstery, all work done by myself, like every other steelwork, cutting the iron, welding, forming, polishing, finishing.
Absolutely unikat single-item.
Duration of work 1-2month.
For all of you wondering where the sculpture in the "Christmas photo" came from...the sculpture was by Rob from Bayreuth......custom made and he's made a new piece--a "throne" as he calls it. ALL the works of art in that room came from geniuses in Bayreuth, Germany.
Attached is the throne, just finished and ready soon to travel here.
PS - The sculpture is based on a set Karl Lagerfeld did for Chanel (that was based on Superman’s Fortress of Solitude - Clark Kent's secret hideaway in the Arctic).
Looking forward to seeing you all in 2013. Thanks for your constant support, loyalty, friendship & inspiration.
THANK YOU for ALL you've done & felt for me!
Great love respect & gratitude,
Congratulations Jim Steinman -
2012 Inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Read the Press Announcement here.
Jim to receive honorary degree from alma mater, (and birthplace of The Dream Engine '69), Amherst College!
AMHERST, Mass.—CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, former UMass professor and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Sheila Bair, playwright and gay-rights activist Martin Duberman, Iran hostage crisis negotiator Ulric Haynes Jr. ’52, chemist David K. Lewis ’64, New York Public Library President and former Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx, acclaimed narrative nonfiction writer John McPhee and hit songwriter Jim Steinman ’69 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 191st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.
Jim's Bio from Amherst's Website:
Since his days as a young opera fan and a creator of daring theatrical works at Amherst College and with Joe Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jim Steinman ’69 has sold more than 190 million records as a composer and lyricist behind such hit songs as “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” ”Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” “Dead Ringer for Love,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Holding Out For A Hero” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He is probably best known for writing the songs on the album Bat Out of Hell, which has sold more than 48 million copies, and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Steinman also wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down the Wind; composed the score for the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has run for 16 consecutive years in Europe; and contributed to the soundtrack of Footloose, among other movies. His works-in-progress include a stage musical version of Bat Out of Hell and a heavy-metal version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In June 2012, Steinman will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
See the link below for scheduled events and further information:
Ready to have your Nutcracked? Read more...
Jim Steinman & Asher Levine : The Boys Noir…
Jim Steinman - Total Eclipse Of The Charts
Songwriters Hall of Fame
2012 Nominees for Induction Announced
New York, NY - October 14, 2011 - Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the slate of 2012 nominees for induction. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year. Eligible voting members will have until December 12th, 2011 to turn in ballots with their choices of two nominees from a non-performer and two from a performer category. For information with which to register or renew as a voting member before November 18th in order to participate in this election, please go to songhall.org.
The 2012 Annual Awards Gala will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 14th.
Bios and photos of the 2012 nominees can be found on the songhall.org website,
and as a new special feature this year, Jango, the personalized internet radio site where listeners go to discover new music, has created has created a special Songwriters Hall of Fame online Radio Station that will enable everyone to "Listen to the Music" of our nominees.
And the nominees are:
(*Note that the five songs listed after each nominee are merely a representative sample of their extensive catalogs)
Don Covay - * Sookie, Sookie * Mercy, Mercy * Tonight's The Night * Chain Of Fools
Jerry Fuller -* Travelin' Man * Young World * Young Girl * Lady Willpower * Show And Tell
Graham Gouldman - * Bus Stop * I'm Not In Love * For Your Love * The Things We Do For Love * No Milk Today
Tony Hatch - * Downtown * Don't Sleep In The Subway * I Know A Place * My Love
* Sign Of The Times
Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell - * A Lover's Concerto * Workin' My Way Back To You * Let 's Hang On To What We've Got * Native New Yorker * Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'bout Me)
Tony Macaulay - * Baby Now That I've Found You * Build Me Up Buttercup * Don't Give Up On Us * Last Night I Couldn't Get To Sleep At All * Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Chips Moman - * Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song * At The Dark End Of The Street * Do Right Woman, Do Right Man * Lukenbach, Texas * Wurlitzer Prize
Artie Resnick/Kenny Young - * Under The Boardwalk * I've Got Sand In My Shoes * One Kiss For Old Time's Sake * Good Lovin' * Just A Little Bit Better
Don Schlitz - * The Gambler * Forever And Ever, Amen * When You Say Nothing At All
* He Thinks He'll keep Her * On The Other Hand
P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri - * Secret Agent Man * Eve Of Destruction * Where Were You When I Needed You * You Baby (Nobody but You) * Can I Get to Know You Better
Jim Steinman - * I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That * Making Love Out Of Nothing At All * Paradise By The Dashboard Light * Total Eclipse Of The Heart * Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Paul Vance/Lee Pockriss - * Catch A Falling Star * Dommage Dommage * Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini * Playground In My Mind * She Lets Her Hair Down (Early In The Morning)
Elvis Costello - * Accidents Will Happen * Alison * Veronica * Pump It Up * Watching The Detectives
Dion DiMucci - * Born To Cry * Donna The Prima Donna * King Of The New York Streets
* Love Came To Me * Runaround Sue
Deborah Harry/Chris Stein (Blondie) - *Dreaming * Heart Of Glass * In The Flesh
* Rapture * One Way Or Another
Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) - * Moonshadow * Morning Has Broken * Peace Train
* The First Cut Is The Deepest * Wild World
Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart - * Here Comes The Rain Again, * Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) * Would I Lie To You * Missionary Man * Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
Gordon Lightfoot - * Carefree Highway * Early Morning Rain * If You Could Read My Mind * Sundown * Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
George Michael - * Careless Whisper * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Steve Miller -* Abracadabra * Fly Like An Eagle * Living In The USA * Take The Money And Run * The Joker
Lou Reed - * Dirty Boulevard * Heroin * Rock & Roll * Sweet Jane * Walk On The Wild Side
Bob Seger - * Like A Rock * Night Moves * Rock & Roll Never Forgets * Still The Same
* We've Got Tonight
Pete Townshend - * I Can See For Miles * Magic Bus * My Generation * See Me, Touch Me, Feel Me * Won't Get Fooled Again
Tom Waits -* Ol' 55 * Jersey Girl * (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night * Innocent When You Dream * Downtown Train
About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The list includes Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Garth Brooks, Allen Toussaint and Leonard Cohen among many others.
Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Virtual Museum.
Join us! Our mission is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy.