Friday, April 19, 2024

Meat Loaf’s “Bat out of Hell” Set for Broadway, As Peter Pan Musical


One of the great headlines from last night’s Songwriters Hall of Fame: Meat Loaf’s famous 1977 album “Bat out of Hell” is headed to Broadway. Apparently the songs written by composer Jim Steinman were originally intended to be the score for a decidedly different kind of “Peter Pan” musical. When that didn’t work out, the songs were re-worked into the Meat Loaf album. Some of the original problems included dealing with the J.M. Barrie estate’s objections to the Steinman vision of Neverland. Now, somehow, that’s been cleared up. Now “Bat out of Hell” is going to be presented — with other Steinman Meat Loaf songs–as a meditation on Captain Hook and friends. The character of Wendy will be one who’s been waiting 20 years–and is now 38– for Peter to return. He’s still 18. Maybe they find “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Anyway, producers had hoped to try the show out in London. But Steinman, who lives in Connecticut, doesn’t travel much. So “Bat” will beat its wings closer to home. The show will not include any of Steinman’s songs for other artists, including Bonnie Tyler’s immortal “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”



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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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