Thursday 1 November 2018

"Bat Out of Hell The Musical", Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, ON

Franca, Anne and I saw Bat Out of Hell The Musical this evening.

Experience the thrill of London’s most spectacular musical as "Bat Out of Hell" brings to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, in a critically-acclaimed, award-winning production that combines the magic of a musical, with the immense energy of rock 'n' roll.

Join Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang "The Lost", as he falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian.

The story is about Strat, who is the leader of The Lost, an underground group of kids who never grow older than 18.  He falls in love with Raven, who is the daughter of Falco and Sloane, who don't get along at all.  Falco is not a nice man and is very protective of Raven.

It is playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Yonge Street (just south of Dundas Street E).

I had seen it last October with Gord and enjoyed it enough to see it again this time.  It's only in town for three weeks and seems to be a scaled-down version.  There were no photo ops like last time but you could buy merchandise (though there wasn't anyone there) ... I had bought a teeshirt the last time.

The last time there was a story on the curtains as we were waiting ... this time there wasn't.

And here we are ... me, Anne and Franca.

The stage was used quite creatively.  There were many components which were moved in and out quickly to change the scenery from The Lost's underground world to Falco and Sloane's living room to Raven's bedroom and so on.  At times, there was a camera projecting the action on a screen (especially when in Raven's room).

The cast did an excellent job.  The singers had great voices especially Andrew Polec (he was Strat in both shows I saw), Emily Schultheis (Raven), Lulu Lloyd (Sloane) and Harper Miles (Zahara).

Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell are two of my favourite albums (still!) and most of the songs came from these albums (including All Revved Up with No Place to Go, Everything Louder Than Everything Else, Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back, Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire), Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Bat Out of Hell, Heaven Can Wait, Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are, For Crying Out Loud, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through and I'd Do Anything for Love).

I'm glad I went tonight.  It was just as good as the last time!

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