Bat Out of Hell, a Meat Loaf-based musical that premiered in Manchester, England earlier this year, may hit Broadway in time for the Tony cutoff date in April, sources tell the New York Post.
The musical features hits from the original 1977 Bat Out of Hell album like “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”, as well as from the 1993 comeback album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell – “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through.”
After a run in Manchester the show moved over to the Coliseum in London before heading to the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, where it currently plays for an eight-week run that closes December 3.
The show’s website gives the following synopsis:
The streets are heating up as young, rebellious leader Strat falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the most powerful man in post-apocalyptic Obsidian.
Originally written as a musical, BAT OUT OF HELL went on to become one of the most iconic and successful albums of all time. 40 years later, Jim Steinman’s critically acclaimed love story for the ages ‘brings the theatre and its audience thrillingly alive’ (The Stage).
With a multi award-winning creative team from the world of Theatre, Opera, Music and Film, this ‘jaw-dropping spectacle’ (Evening Standard) plays Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre from 14 October!
Don’t miss this ‘glorious, ridiculous, insanely enjoyable night out’ (WhatsOnStage).
Steinman told the NY Post that he didn’t get to England to catch the show, but expressed amusement at the “line of ‘befuddled astonishment’ that permeates the reviews.”
Producer Michael Cohl, a rock promoter whose known the songwriting and performing pair for 30 years, plans to launch an American tour of the musical in the fall of 2018.
“Some shows need to come to Broadway to establish a brand,” Cohl says. “Not to take anything away from Broadway, but this is a brand people are familiar with. Maybe we’ll become known as the best show that never played Broadway — and then we’ll get rid of that moniker.”