If you are a stats fan, here are our Top Ten Facts & Figures to rev you up in readiness for Bat Out of Hell, The Musical – which premieres very soon in Manchester!
- BAT OUT OF HELL is one of the five best-selling albums of all time and was originally written as a musical by Jim Steinman 50 years ago!
- The BAT OUT OF HELL creative team have between them 2 Grammy awards, 4 Olivier awards and 3 Olivier nominations, 2 Tony awards and 3 Tony nominations, 1 Emmy nomination, 2 Drama Desk awards, 15 other prestigious arts awards and an OE!
- Jon Bausor, responsible for designing the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, has masterminded the BIGGEST SET EVER TO BE INSTALLED AT THE MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE!
- The show will use 3,240 lightbulbs in 350 lights weighing in at 2.7 tonnes (the equivalent of 6 Harley Davidson motorbikes), to create an authentic, spectacular visual mix of rock concert and West End musical.
- 194 speakers, 150 microphones and 27 computers will work to amplify the voices and band each night.
- The show will use over 30km of electrical cable, which is 25 times the distance between Manchester Piccadilly Station and Manchester Opera House.
- Over the course of rehearsals, the cast and crew have consumed over 4,000 cups of tea and coffee, and in excess of 550 litres of water!
- 25,000 sheets of A4 paper have been used during the rehearsal process for scripts, musical scores, illustrations, drawings and countless rehearsal notes.
- The cast will wear 300 pairs of shoes every night varying from platform boots and Dr Marten’s to Wellington Boots and red “New Yorker” dance shoes.
- 500 square feet of leather and 300 metres of dyed silk, latex rubber and sequined fabric have been used to create the 199 costumes that the cast will wear each night.
The countdown is on for the world premiere of the long-awaited Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, previewing at the Manchester Opera House from 17 February 2017, with a press night on Tuesday 14 March 2017. It will then play London’s West End at the London Coliseum, opening on Tuesday 20 June 2017, following previews from 5 June, for a limited season until 22 July 2017.
As with many great works of art, the genesis of the Bat Out Of Hell album occurred across a number of years. One of the songs was written while Steinman was an undergraduate at Amherst College in the late 1960s. In the 1970s,Steinman wrote a theatrical musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C. in 1974 and featured many of the songs that would ultimately appear on the Bat Out Of Hell album, which was released in 1977.
Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 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 Jim 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.
Jim Steinman’s previous musicals include his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Whistle Down the Wind, including the hit single released by Boyzone, No Matter What, and the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has been running for 20 years and has been presented in Vienna, Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Budapest, Warsaw, St Petersburg and Tokyo.
Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, the cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will be led by newcomer Andrew Polec as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane.
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