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