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31st May 2017

bat out of hell

'Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical' opens in London's West End, on Tuesday 20th June 2017, and before the long-awaited world premiere has taken place, the producers have extended it's season at the London Coliseum, due to overwhelming public demand.

The musical will now run, following previews from 5th June, for a limited season, now extended from 22nd July to 5th August 2017 and tickets for the extra performances are now on sale right here

'Bat Out Of Hell' became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over fifty million copies worldwide. Sixteen 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)'.

For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the 'Bat Out Of Hell' albums, including 'You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth', 'Bat Out Of Hell', 'I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)' and 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad', as well as two previously unreleased songs, 'What Part of My Body Hurts The Most' and 'Not Allowed To Love'.

'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.

Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, the cast of 'Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical' is led by Andrew Polec as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane. Also starring are Aran MacRae as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Dom Hartley-Harris as Jagwire, Giovanni Spano as Ledoux and Patrick Sullivan as Blake.

Performances will take place Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm, plus 7.00pm on Tuesday 20th June. Tickets are from £15.00 and are available right here

Andrew Polec spoke exclusively to MetalTalk last November and told us how he landed the part of Strat below, while Giovanni Spano appeared as special guest on Steve Göldby Talks Metal on 1st February. You can listen to the whole interview right here.

4th November 2016

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London's West End was brought to a standstill on Thursday evening as the first ever live performance of what is going to be the biggest and best musical of the decade took place on a stage on the back of a lorry parked outside the London Colliseum.

Rows and rows of gleaming Harley Davidsons and other impressive looking bikes lined St Martins Way as Paul Anthony and Claire Sturgess opened proceedings by introducing producer Michael Cole before Meat Loaf himself appeared and addressed the gathered crowd.

There followed a full scale performance of the production's title track, 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad' and 'Dead Ringer For Love', as well as Jim Steinman's 'You've got a hell of a lot to learn about rock'n'roll...' monologue which was brilliantly executed by leading man Andrew Polec.

MetalTalk Editor In Chief Steve Göldby commented: "'Bat Out Of Hell' has always been a very special thing to me, ever since I caught the original videos premiere on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978, and this performance sent a massive tingle up my spine. It was absolutely spellbinding and captivating and I can't wait to see the production in June."

But don't just take our word for it. Here's the whole twenty seven minutes right here.

Andrew Polec spoke exclusively to MetalTalk and told us how he landed the part of Strat:

"I was a huge sports kid when I was in high school. I played lacrosse and I wanted to get a scholarship, go to college and become a doctor or something but all that changed when I got into a terrible bicycle accident that put me in the brain/head trauma unit for about a week and when I came out they said 'I'm sorry, you can't play contact sports' and I didn't know what to do with my life."

Andrew was a young teen at this stage and found redemption in rock'n'roll:

"My Dad played me 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' and I fell in love with the whole rock'n'roll genre and the whole theatricality of it and I went into rock'n'roll, I fronted a lot of bands [Cathouse, Hug The Lion amongst others], I was in musical theatre shows and I did rock'n'roll in college and then I went through grad school for theatre because I wanted to learn more about Shakespeare and straight plays.

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"Then I went to New York City and I saw they were doing an open call for a 'Bat Out Of Hell' musical and I went to the audition and kept getting called back over and over again and around this time last year I got the final call back, walked into a room of sixteen people, including the investors and Jim Steinman himself and I got the main part."

The directors were looking for a "blonde haired, blue eyed boy that's wild and sexy" and the casters clearly got the lead role spot on, but there's more to it than looks, charisma and total mastery of the part and an overwhelimng stage presence, as Andrew tells us:

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"I had no idea what I was getting into but considering there's a huge bike accident in this play and my life karmically changed because of my bike accident, I feel blessed and everything has led to this moment."

Meat Loaf and Andrew were interviewed by Marco Gandolfi of prior to yesterday's performance and here's the conversation in full. As well as bike accidents being a common denominator, Andrew discovers another remarkable connection he has with Meat Loaf.

We've got much more to follow from last night, including some words of wisdom from Michael Reed who is in charge of the production's musical arrangements and supervision and our conversations with leading cast members Giovanni Spanó who plays Ledoux, Dom Hartley-Harris who plays Jagwire and Danielle Steers who plays Zahara.

Tickets for 'Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical' are on sale right here

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Photo credit: Neil Jones of Star Radio




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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