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Andrew Polec to Star in American Tour of Bat Out of Hell

Polec will reprise the performance he originated in London's West End.

Andrew Polec in the London production of Bat Out of Hell.
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Original star Andrew Polec will headline the upcoming North American tour of Jim Steinman's musical Bat Out of Hell. Polec originated his role in the show's London premiere at the English National Opera before transferring with it to Toronto, and then the West End.

Originally written as a musical, Bat Out of Hell — the second studio album by American rock singer Meat Loaf and his first collaboration with composer Jim Steinman — became one of the best-selling albums of all time after its release in 1977. Now adapted for the stage, the musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. Strat, the forever-young leader of the Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian.

Polec will be joined in the company by Emily Schultheis as Raven, Bradley Dean as Falco, Lulu Lloyd as Sloane, Avionce Hoyles as Tink, Harper Miles as Zahara, and Tyrick Jones as Jagwire. The ensemble includes Will Branner, Samantha Pauly, Zuri Washington, Alana Randall, Erin Mosher, Emilie Battle, Kaleb Wells, Nik Alexander, Adam Kemmerer, Michael Milkanin, Lincoln Clauss, Alex Deleo, Paulina Jurzec, Nick Martinez, and Tiernan Tunnicliffe.

Directed by Jay Scheib, Bat Out of Hell The Musical has a book, music, and lyrics by Jim Steinman, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed. The production has set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Meentje Nielsen and Jon Bausor, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Steve Sidwell, casting by Carrie Gardner and Jillian Cimini, C.S. A., and musical direction by Ryan Cantwell.

The tour kicks off on October 16 with a return engagement at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre.


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