Fans of Meat Loaf might not be able to see him onstage any time soon — but get ready, because composer Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is coming to New York City, according to Best Classic Bands. The critically acclaimed production premiered on London's West End back in 2017, and features Steinman's songs from Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell trilogy — 1977's Bat Out Of Hell, 1993's Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, and 2006's Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. The “Big Apple” stand will run for six weeks at the New York City Center on August 1st.
There's no word whether Meat Loaf will be on hand for the opening night after breaking his collarbone earlier this month while appearing at the Texas Fightmare Weekend — a horror movie convention.
Bat Out Of Hell producer Todd Rundgren helped develop some of the choral work for the new musical back in 2016. He told us that during the original album sessions he was trying to break new ground despite Jim Steinman writing the songs in a very strict form: “A lot of it was extremely derivative. Y'know, of just old fashioned. . . (sings rock riff) — rock n' roll — (sings rock riff). He was just trying to figure out a way to take that really rudimentary, sort of rock n' roll thing, and make it grandiose, without making it necessarily more musically inaccessible.”
Meat Loaf admitted to us that he only makes a Bat Out Of Hell album when the songs force him to work harder than he'd like: “'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' — not easy. 'The Monster Is Loose' — not easy. 'Blind As A Bat' — ridiculously hard. 'Cry Over Me' — God almighty! The easiest thing on the whole record to sing was 'Seize The Night,' and that's not exactly a walk in the park. So if it's hard to sing, and it's. . . I know that to do this is going to be the most painful thing, process I can possibly go through — then it's right for Bat Out Of Hell.”
Despite some well-received work over the years, Meat Loaf will always be best remembered for the original 1977 blockbuster. He told us that Bat Out Of Hell has grown beyond a successful '70s album into a full-blown cultural phenomenon: “It's no longer about me. It belongs to you, and you create your own stories, and you create your own place in time for that record. Everything is geared so that when you hear it, you're funneled right into that speaker, and it becomes a visual of your life as opposed to a visual of my life.”