Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Turned into Musical On Album's 40th Anniversary
Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album will be turned into a musical 40 years after it was released. Handling the production are Canadian broadcasting company Bell Media and theater producer Michael Cohl, who is best known for his work on the musicals Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages and Spamalot.
According to The Star, the upcoming production, titled Bat Out of Hell: The Musical will feature various tracks from the 1977 album and its sequel, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. These would include "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Bat Out of Hell," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" and "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."
As noted by Bell Media, these songs will serve as the main backdrop for the musical production that will focus on the story of a young generation of romantic, rebellious, passionate and adventurous individuals. The setting of the story will take place in a post-apocalyptic island city that's far away from mainland.
The script for the musical will be penned by Jim Steinman, the writer who worked with Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell trilogy albums, Billboard reports.
Bell Media and Cohl's Iconic Entertainment Studios are aiming to premiere Bat Out of Hell: The Musical in February next year at England's Manchester Opera House.
Meat Loaf, whose real name is Michael Lee Aday, released the Bat Out of Hell album on Oct. 21, 1977. This was followed by Back Into Hell in 1993 and the trilogy's third installment, Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose, in 2006.
Currently, the 68-year-old singer is preparing for the release of his 13th studio album Braver Than We Are, which is scheduled to debut in the U.S. on Sept. 16.
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