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||Jacqueline 08:09 am MST 02/09/17|
video interview w/ Julian Stoneman
It is not every week a brand new musical comes to town.
And certainly not one with a set on this scale.
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical will have its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House on February 2017 and the set is expected to be one of the biggest talking points.
We were invited backstage to see the cast and crew in their final days of preparation.
It has taken months to build the ambitious and detailed set, which was designed by John Bausor, whose previous work includes Bugsy Malone and as the associate artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The set includes full-scale escalators, three levels, several motorbikes and will bring the audience close to the action via cameras on props and actors, beaming different perspectives of the action onto big screens, creating a more immersive experience.
Audiences can also expect a number of surprises and special effects during the show, with some never used in live theatre before.
Watch the video above to hear John, who also designed the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, talk about creating the huge-scale set in Manchester.
Julian Stoneman, general manager for the production, which moves to London's Coliseum after its runs in the city, gave a little insight into what theatre-goers can expect from the show, and banished any misconception that they have to be rock fans to enjoy it.
"Rock audiences know what they're going to get and I think musical and theatre audiences are going to see a story that they are not ever going to expect," Julian told the MEN.
"It is not just a rock musical. It's an entertaining night out with complete epic-ness but we feel that we will be opening a new box of tricks to people who have been to the Opera House or the theatre before."
The musical, which is based on the music from Meat Loaf's famous album of the same name, is a love story 'something between Peter Pan and Romeo and Juliet'.
Julian added: "We want people who come to see this show to say different things afterwards.
"The best thing about live theatre is a live audience and everyone has to have an opinion and if you can walk away and say 'I was blown away' or' I can't wait to see it again', then that is the best thing as people will be talking about it."
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