By: Renee Grant

Meat Loaf made a trip to Toronto on Monday, May 15th to meet the cast of Bat out of Hell – The Musical for the first time. He joined the crew for mini-set where they performed four songs.

The show had its world premiere at the Opera House in Manchester, England earlier this year, and will open in London’s West End on June 5th. The North American premiere will be in Toronto beginning October 14th.

The musical is based on Meat Loaf’s 1977 album of the same name, originally conceived by songwriter Jim Steinman for the stage in 1975. It was performed once under the name of Neverland in 1977.

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, says he saw the Manchester premiere and describes it as “a big bright, over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza. There’s fire and fireworks. There’s a powerful cocktail of theatrical wizardry, featuring awe-inspiring special effects, and it’s all tinged with nostalgia because of its iconic songs.”

Meat Loaf tells Billboard he will be seeing the show for the first time in Toronto, and told the crowd at the Toronto event, “It is like nothing — I am telling you — it is like nothing you have ever, ever, ever seen before… And when you leave the theater, your mouth will be hanging open and you will be at the box office getting another ticket because you can not see this musical in one night.”

“Listen Toronto, I have loved you for 40 years and I still love you,” he continued. “Each and every one of you and you will always be in my heart and I’m going to cremate all of you with me. God bless ya and KEEP ROCKIN’.”

After his rousing words, nine of the cast members joined Meat Loaf on stage to belt out Dead Ringer For Love, For Crying Out Loud, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, and the show’s final number.


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