Meat Loaf finds fresh voice

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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

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