A new mu­si­cal cel­e­brat­ing the rock legend Meat Loaf is set to be one hell of a show, says Sarah Riches

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The Meat Loaf mu­si­cal Bat Out of Hell roars on to the stage with songs in­clud­ing I’d Do Any­thing for Love.

It’s been 40 years but the time has come to cel­e­brate Jim Stein­man’s Batout­ofHell: The­Mu­si­cal at the London Coli­seum (from 5 Jun; p. 46). In­spired by rocker Meat Loaf’s 1977 al­bum of the same name, with Jim Stein­man’s mu­sic and lyrics, the show roars on to the stage – lit­er­ally – on mo­tor­bikes.

Ex­pect the ti­tle track and all your favourite hits in­clud­ing I Would Do Any­thing for Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two out of Three Ain’t Bad – plus two new songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Al­lowed to Love.

Fans may won­der why it took so long. Di­rec­tor Jay Scheib says: ‘I was born as this work was tak­ing shape so I’d love to say it was be­cause I needed to grow up. But the an­swer is – the time is now. And the time is right. We have as­sem­bled so many ge­niuses: pro­duc­ers, in­ven­tors, de­sign­ers, per­form­ers; we are a red-hot con­flu­ence of tal­ents massed around the great­est rock’n’roll vision of all time.’

Pre­vi­ously at Manch­ester Opera House, Bat out of Hell: The Mu­si­cal is set in the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic is­land of Ob­sid­ian – a fu­tur­is­tic ver­sion of Manhattan af­ter a cat­a­clysmic event cast it adrift.

Newcomer An­drew Polec plays Strat, the leader of Lost, an army of for­ever-young rebels who strug­gle for power against the tyran­ni­cal ruler Falco (Rob Fowler). Polec says: ‘ The sto­ry­line mixes Peter Pan with Romeo and Juliet. Strat falls for Falco’s daugh­ter, Raven (Christina Ben­ning­ton), and a wild ad­ven­ture soon en­sues.’

The mu­si­cal fea­tures the same chore­og­ra­pher who Justin Bieber worked with on his Pur­pose world tour, the Rolling Stones’s light­ing de­signer and the same de­signer as the London 2012 Par­a­lympics Open­ing Cer­e­mony. Ex­pect video pro­jec­tions as per Scheib’s usual style. Polec adds: ‘Pro­jec­tions im­merse the au­di­ence in the world of Ob­sid­ian, as they see the ac­tors and stage from one an­gle while an­other an­gle is pro­jected in the back­ground. ‘ We start with a bang and never let our foot off the gas un­til we fin­ish. My favourite scene fo­cuses on a dis­as­trous birth­day party which segues into Par­adise by the Dash­board Light; a car mag­i­cally ap­pears out of thin air. What pro­ceeds is a beau­ti­fully chore­ographed courtship that I can’t take my eyes off when­ever I watch it back­stage. The end blows your face off. Well, depend­ing on where you’re sit­ting!’


This hit show has a stel­lar cast, tunes such as A Whole New World – plus a magic car­pet. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £49.75-£101.75. www.al­addinthe­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Prince Ed­ward The­atre, Old Comp­ton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844-482 5151. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Alice’s Ad­ven­tures Un­der­ground

To 23 Sep: Based on Lewis Car­roll’s clas­sic book, this im­mer­sive show has ev­ery­thing from colour­chang­ing cock­tails to ac­ro­bats. Please check for times, and spe­cial child-friendly shows. Tick­ets £39-£71.50. www.alice-un­der­ground.com. The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

An Amer­i­can in Paris

Based on Gersh­win’s 1951 film, this mu­si­cal is about a World War II vet­eran falls for a woman in a bar in 1940s Paris. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2pm. Tick­ets £19.50-£125. www.anamer­i­can in­paris­the­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Do­min­ion The­atre, 268-269 Tot­ten­ham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845200 7982. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.


Mi­randa Hart (be­low) plays an or­phan­age’s mean man­ager. Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm (5 Jun 7pm); Thur & Sun 3pm. Tick­ets £20-£110. www.pic­cadilly the­atre.org. Pic­cadilly The­atre, 16 Den­man St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844-871 7630. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Bat out of Hell

From 5 Jun: Songs from Meat Loaf’s iconic al­bum are turned into a mu­si­cal (p. 44). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm (not 8 Jun); 20 Jun 7pm. Tick­ets: £65-£250. www.batout­ofhell­mu­si­cal.com. 33 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES. T: 020-7845 9300. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Beau­ti­ful – The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal

Mu­si­cal about the early life and ca­reer of the award-win­ning singer-song­writer. Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£72.50. www.beau­ti­ful­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Ald­wych The­atre, 49 Ald­wych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den/Hol­born/Char­ing Cross.

The Book of Mor­mon

This con­tro­ver­sial and hi­lar­i­ous satire, from the writ­ers of TV’s South Park, fol­lows the ex­ploits of two hap­less mis­sion­ar­ies from the Church of Lat­ter Day Saints. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £34.75-£202.25. www.book of­mor­mon­lon­don.com. Prince of Wales The­atre, Coven­try St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844- 482 5110. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Braille Legacy

World pre­miere of the true story of Louis Braille, a blind boy in 19th-cen­tury Paris who was in­spired to in­vent the Braille al­pha­bet. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed 2.30pm; Sat 3pm. Tick­ets £17.50-£39.50. Char­ing Cross The­atre, The Arches, Vil­liers St, WC2N 6NL. T: 0844- 493 0650. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.


Glee TV star Am­ber Riley plays Effie White in this mu­si­cal about the tu­mul­tuous jour­ney of a young fe­male singing trio from Chicago. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £20-£145. www.savoy the­atre.org. Savoy The­atre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

42nd Street

An au­thor­i­tar­ian di­rec­tor stages a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion when Peggy, a small-town girl with big dreams, has a shot at stardom. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £25-£125. www.42nd­street­mu­si­cal.co.uk. The­atre Royal Drury Lane, Cather­ine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

The Girls

A Women’s In­sti­tute group poses nude for char­ity in this show based on the film Cal­en­dar Girls, with mu­sic by Gary Bar­low. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £29-£69. www.phoenixthe­atre london.co.uk. Phoenix The­atre, 110 Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP. T: 0843-316 1082. E7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Half a Six­pence

Arthur Kipps is an or­phan and draper’s as­sis­tant who un­ex­pect­edly in­her­its a for­tune. Mon-Tue & Thur-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £27.25-£127.25. www.hal­fasix­pence.co.uk. Noël Coward The­atre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. T: 0844-482 5140. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Kinky Boots

A shoe fac­tory rein­vig­o­rates its busi­ness af­ter its new owner pro­duces boots for drag queens. Mu­sic by Cyndi Lau­per. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £39.50-£125. www.kinky­boot­s­the­mu­si­cal. co.uk. Adel­phi The­atre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

La Strada

A des­per­ate mother sells her daugh­ter to a sideshow strong­man. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £20-£39.50. www.theother­palace.co.uk. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844264 2140. F6. Sta­tion: St James’s Park.

Les Misérables

Adapted from Vic­tor Hugo’s novel, this is set in postrev­o­lu­tion­ary France. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £28.75-£143.75. www.lesmis.com. Queen’s The­atre, 51 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 6BA. T: 0844-482 5160. D8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Dis­ney’s The Lion King

Won­der­ful adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar Dis­ney film with in­ge­nious cos­tumes and in­ven­tive pup­petry. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tick­ets £47.70-£142.50. www.the­lionk­ing.co.uk. Lyceum The­atre, 21 Welling­ton St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Mamma Mia!

A trib­ute to the pop­u­lar mu­sic of ABBA, this feel-good story is set on a Greek is­land. MonSat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tick­ets £15-£72.50. www.mamma-mia.com. Novello, Ald­wych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844- 482 5115. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Matilda the Mu­si­cal

Based on Roald Dahl’s chil­dren’s book about a girl with magic pow­ers. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm (& 1 Jun 2.30pm); Sun 3pm. Tick­ets £20-£122.50. www.matil­dath­e­mu­si­cal.com. Cam­bridge The­atre, 32-34 Earl­ham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844-412 4652. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Mo­town the Mu­si­cal

Feel-good juke-box mu­si­cal based on the story of Mo­town Records. Check for times and prices. www.mo­town­the­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Shaftes­bury The­atre, 210 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. D8. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

On the Town

With a Bernstein score, this clas­sic dance mu­si­cal is set in New York, where three sailors want some fun on their shore leave. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 2.15pm. Tick­ets £25-£65. www.ope­nairthe­atre.com. Open Air The­atre, Re­gent’s Park, NW1 4NU. T: 0844-826 4242. C6. Sta­tion: Re­gents Park.

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