Meat Loaf finds fresh voice
TORONTO — Meat Loaf is getting the unique chance to reconnect with his theatrical roots as songs from his record-selling rock opus are incorporated into a new musical.
It was years before his 1977 juggernaut album when the entertainer was immersed in a different world of stage, playing roles in and
In some ways, he’s returning to that part of his life alongside collaborator Jim Steinman, who helped create the original album and is the creative force behind of Hell: The Musical, which makes its North American premiere Saturday at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto and Meat Loaf is credited as an associate producer.
“It means more to (Steinman), but it means so much to me,” Meat Loaf said of the stage show. “I have written him emails where I’ve been in tears talking about, ‘I can’t believe this is happening’ — your dream of 50 years.”
Canadian audiences will be introduced to the smash musical after a sold-out run in Manchester and a stint at London’s Coliseum Theatre.
The musical features some of Steinman’s and Meat Loaf ’s biggest hits, including I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.
Steinman created the book, music and lyrics for the musical centred on star-crossed love, rebellion and rock ’n’ roll.
“Originally, all of Steinman’s stuff was based on Meat Loaf said. “This turned into