Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical written by Jim Steinman based on the album of the same name. Steinman wrote all of the songs, most of which are songs from the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums by Meat Loaf including Bat Out of Hell, II: Back into Hell and III: The Monster is Loose. The musical is a loose retelling of Peter Pan and Wendy, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan (now named “Obsidian”), and follows Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost who has fallen in love with Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian.
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Bat Out of Hell has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib and choreography by Emma Portner. It is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith. The show stars Andrew Polec as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane.
The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 17, 2017 and ran there until April 29, 2017. It opened in London on June 5, 2017 and ran there until August 22, 2017 before moving to Toronto, Canada, from October 14, to January 7, 2018. The musical returned to London at the Dominion Theatre in April 2018. The musical was released on audio CD as an original cast recording album.
The North American tour of Bat Out of Hell was originally scheduled to run from October 2018 through Summer 2019. The tour opened October 16, 2018 in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, and was first scheduled to end July 7, 2019 in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, then – after the Toronto run had begun – further dates were announced in Las Vegas and an 8-week run in New York (off-Broadway) from July 30, 2019 to September 22, 2019.
On November 1, 2018, the North American tour was postponed by producers and concluded with the scheduled end of the Toronto run on November 3, 2018. No reason for the postponing was given, and this decision was criticized by many of the tour’s cast, who voiced their displeasure with the news on social media.
On November 5, 2018, an official announcement was made on social media and the show’s website to say that the tour will relaunch in 2019, “ahead of a previously announced season at New York City Center.” – no explanation was given for the postponement. Several cast members contacted prominent theatre news website “BroadwayWorld” to say that their contracts have been terminated and they have not been approached about the 2019 tour.