Take everything you like from We Will Rock You and add a more stable plot and some cool stage visuals.
Like WWRY the cast is made up of incredible vocalists who show their love for the songs and the music. I love a performance where everyone brings it and it’s really hard to select a stand-out performance, you’re just in constant awe of the talent on stage. Polec is blend of Billy Idol, Iggy Pop and hones in on the flamboyance of Meatloaf himself. His love story with Christina Bennington as Raven delivers a strong chemistry that shines with stunning vocal duets on those power ballads.
If you know Meatloaf and Jim Steinman you know there will be powerful ballads that draw you in and will ultimately end with a sing-along or an ovation. The only negative here (and granted I don’t know all the Meatloaf songs) was it seems that the first act was the B side of the album where act 2 had all the songs I knew. Usually, the second act tends to fall a little flat and drawn out, it was the complete opposite for me. The second act really brought it home, showcased some incredible talent and engaged the audience.
The biggest surprise for me though was the stage setup. It moved with the cast as if its own character. They used some really interesting multi-media effects projecting a live-feed of the actors onto the screen, very concert like, and yet worked hard to still keep the actors playing towards the audience.
In getting ready for this show, I brushed up on my Meatloaf facts. Turns out Bat out of Hell was originally written as a musical by Jim Steinman and now almost 40 years later, it’s making its World tour as just that. Set in the futuristic year of 2100 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.
From the release:
BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL features Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s Greatest Hits: Dead Ringer for Love, Two out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), and Bat Out Of Hell.
Prior to its Toronto engagement, BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL played a limited run in London’s West End at the London Coliseum. The show opened to rave reviews, extending for two additional weeks and ended its run on August 22, 2017. The show played the Manchester Opera House from February 17 – April 29, 2017.
Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. Sixteen years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL
Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street
Now onstage until January 7, 2018
Tickets from $29.00
By Phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333
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