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Ellen Foley, Russian Vampires and Bat — The Musical
Ellen Foley did a short European tour, and I saw both shows in The Netherlands. You can find my review on my blog.
A 2016 Moscow Cast Recording of Tanz der Vampire has been released: Бал вампиров.
The end of Bat Out of Hell — The Musical’s Manchester run is coming close. Next stop: the London Coliseum, and then starting October, Toronto. I saw the first two shows in Manchester, and did a write-up on my blog. I have also added a page with information from the program.
Tickets are still available for both Manchester and London, from BatOutOfHellMusical.com.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical
At long last, Jim Steinman's epic rock and roll theatrical fantasy BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL, the inspiration for one of the most iconic and successful albums in history, is set to explode onto the Manchester Opera House and London Coliseum stages in 2017.
The cast & creative team of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical
Andrew Polec as Strat
Christina Bennington as Raven
Rob Fowler as Falco
Sharon Sexton as Sloane
Also starring will be:
Aran MacRae as Tink
Danielle Steers as Zahara
Dom Hartley-Harris as Jagwire
Giovanni Spano as Ledoux
Patrick Sullivan as Blake
Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Jordan Lee Davies, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Phoebe Hart, Rosalind James, Michael Naylor, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, Courtney Stapleton and Ruben Van Keer
The creative team:
Book by Jim Steinman and Stuart Beattie
Music and lyrics by Jim Steinman
Direction by Jay Scheib
Choreography by Emma Portner
Musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed
Set design is by Jon Bausor
Costume design by Meentje Nielsen
Video design by Finn Ross
Lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe
Sound design by Gareth Owen
Orchestration by Steve Sidwell
Musical direction by Robert Emery
Tickets are available for both Manchester and London, from BatOutOfHellMusical.com.
Braver Than We Are
Braver Than We Are, Meat Loaf’s 13th album, has officially been released in Europe. The U.S. and other territories will have to wait a while longer, until friday September 16th, 2016.
This seemed a good occasion to finally release a complete rebuild of this website. If you experience any issues, please get in touch.
Speaking in Tongues
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly premiered Speaking in Tongues, the second single from Braver Than We Are.
Going All the Way Is Just the Start
Since the last update, we saw the release of two album tracks on Amazon, a host of preview-snippets on iTunes and the record label site (which requires Flash, so good luck with that on your mobile phones), so a bunch of lyrics are now up on the Braver Than We Are page.
But more exciting is the release of the first single, “Going All the Way Is Just the Start” featuring Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito.
Coming September 2016: Braver Than We Are
Since we now have a release date (September 9, 2016 for everywhere but the US, who’ll have to wait a week), an album cover and a tracklist, I might as well put a Braver Than We Are page up.
Allez les vampires
This friday, October 17th, 2014, Le Bal des Vampires, the French version of Tanz der Vampire, will have its premiere in Paris. To celebrate, I’ve added a page for the only official soundbite we have.
Also, the RSS feed should be working again.
Update and Redesign
So, two and a half years since the last update. Once I got it into my pretty little head that I needed to redesign this website, I’ve been working on it on an on-and-off basis—mostly off, but still. A lot of pages needed a lot of work, and by now I think I got in an acceptable-enough shape. It’ll be a little rough around some edges, but this version should work better on tablets and smartphones.
Because of the way this site is set up, maintaining it requires a fair bit of work. That’s something I hope to fix in the next itteration, which I’m currently brewing on. I hope it won’t take as long as this one.
Won’t You Take Some More
Remember those musicals that got dug up some months ago? Well, I finally got round to adding pages for the The Dream Engine and More Than You Deserve audition tapes.
Most of the songs on the The Dream Engine audition tape are known from the live recording. The only ‘new’ track is "You’ve Got to Love Me with the Sun in Your Eyes Until the Day That You Go Blind".
The More Than You Deserve tape contains more previously unheard material, including songs from Jim’s score for The Good Woman of Szechuan . "Song of the Golden Egg" and "Souvenirs" are pretty rad.
If you want to hear these tapes, see my previous post. Meanwhile, recordings of the two final performances of More Than You Deserve came to light. You can find links to those on The Rockman Record
Finally, I went to Seinäjoki, Finland to see Tanz der Vampire. I posted a review on my weblog. There’s a post on the the novel Whistle Down the Wind there as well.
Hell in a Handbasket
On September 29th, Meat Loaf’s latest album Hell in a Handbasket has been released in Australia and New Zealand. (Which is quite a quick turnover, just 18 months behind Hang Cool Teddy Bear.)
Like a good boy, I pre-ordered a copy, and it arrived yesterday. Like a good web master, I got busy, and now all the Hell in a Handbasket lyrics are up.
I’ll review the album in due time.
Over the last few months I’ve acquired some missing singles and additional versions. Highlights include:
- Two Ellen Foley singles: Young Lust (which seems to be undocumented in the most comprehensive Ellen Foley discography on the web) and Johnny and Mary, which completes the trilogy of singles from the Another Breath album.
- An acetate for Pandora’s Box It’s All Coming Back To Me Now single, which includes an edit I hadn’t heard before and A Teenager in Love. In addition to another IACBTMN promo, a promo for "Safe Sex", a cassette promo for the Original Sin album and a spiffy poster which I’m trying to work into the Pandora’s Box page, I think I’m nearly done with that part of the collection. I don’t know if there’s much more out there to search for.
- Three promo singles were issued for Whistle Down the Wind, and I got two of ‘em. The third is a one-track promo for Tina Arena’s version of the title track, and I can live without that.
- Until recently, I didn’t know there were 12″ maxi-singles of "I’d Do Anything for Love" and "I’d Lie for You". I managed to track down copies of both, and the first has arrived.
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