Lena Hall completes the cast of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical
Tony Award winner Lena Hall has been cast as Sloane in the New York premiere of the Meat Loaf jukebox musical.
Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through! Tony Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Lena Hall is the final cast member announced for the New York premiere of Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell: The Musical at New York City Center this summer. Ms. Hall will take on the role of Sloane and completes the previously reported New York company.
Lena Hall won a Tony Award in 2014 for originating the role of Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which also earned her a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for "Best Musical Theater Album." Her previous Broadway credits include Kinky Boots, Disney's Tarzan, Dracula the Musical, 42nd Street, and Cats. She also starred off-Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater's How to Transcend a Happy Marriage in 2017.
Producer Michael Cohl commented: “Lena Hall is one of the most electrifying live performers around. There is simply no replicating the natural stage presence of a bonafide rocker, and Lena follows in tradition of Bat Out of Hell’s great ladies like Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito who have forged wide-ranging careers. She also, I might add, follows in the tradition of Meat Loaf himself, who got his start in the legitimate theater before becoming a hall of fame rocker.”
The cast of Bat Out of Hell includes original West End stars Andrew Polec (as Strat) and Christina Bennington (as Raven), alongside Bradley Dean (as Falco), Tony Award winner Lena Hall (as Sloane), Avionce Hoyles (as Tink), Danielle Steers (as Zahara) and Tyrick Wiltez Jones (as Jagwire), with ensemble members Will Branner, Lincoln Clauss, Kayla Cyphers, Jessica Jaunich, Paulina Jurzec, Adam Kemmerer, Nick Martinez, Harper Miles, Erin Mosher, Aramie Payton, Andres Quintero, Tiernan Tunnicliffe, and Kaleb Wells.
Previews begin at New York City Center's Mainstage on August 1, 2019, ahead of an official opening on August 8 and a limited six-week engagament through September 8, 2019.
Synopsis: "Join the eternally young Strat and his wild gang, The Lost, as they roam the streets of Obsidian, a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, ruled by the wicked and tyrannical Falco. When Strat first sets eyes on Falco's daughter, Raven, who has been locked away in the palace towers, he sets out to rescue her from her evil father's clutches in a full throttle tale of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rock and roll dream."
Read our 4-star review on our London Theatre Guide sister site.
Featuring a book, music & lyrics by Jim Steinman, the apocalyptic tuner includes iconic Meat Loaf songs from the infamous "Bat Out of Hell" albums such as "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," and, of course, the titular song.
Under the direction of Jay Scheib, the creative team features choreography by Emma Portner and Xena Gusthart, musical direction by Ryan Cantwell, musical supervision & additional arrangements by Michael Reed, orchestrations by Steve Sidwell, scenic design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor & Meentje Nielsen, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, and video design by Finn Ross.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical premiered in Manchester, England, in February 2017, before heading to the London Coliseum in June 2017 and then onto Toronto, Canada in October 2017. It returned to the West End for an open-ended engagement at the Dominion Theatre from April 2018, which would eventually play its final West End performance on January 5, 2019. The North American Tour kicked off with a return engagement in Toronto in the fall of 2018.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical is produced by Michael Cohl, Tony Smith, Bob Broderick, Lorne Gertner, and David Sonenberg.
Bat Out of Hell Tickets are available now for performances from August 1 through September 8, 2019.