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||rockfenris2005 07:14 am MST 03/15/17|
|In reply to:||Another Fabulous Review - Jacqueline 07:07 am MST 03/15/17|
> Ovation earned for new stunner
> Reporter: Paul Genty
> Date online: 15 March 2017
> Bat Out of Hell,
> The Musical
> Opera House, to April 8
> It has been kicking round in composer Jim Steinman's mind
> since the Seventies, apparently - and now Bat Out Of Hell,
> The Musical arrives in Manchester with one of the newest
> leading men in the business.
> Andrew Polec went to an open audition not long out of
> college, and weeks later found himself invited to perform
> in it in the UK.
> Which brings us to the Manchester Opera House and the
> world premiere of a show that since the middle of February
> has been seen by around 30,000 fans.
> That's a lot to take in, and not just for the youthful
> Over two hours and 40 minutes the evening overwhelms in
> almost every department, with the sort of sound you
> normally get at big-name rock concerts, walls of light, an
> epic set that reaches out to the circle balcony,
> projection, live video on multiple screens, TV monitors
> everywhere, sheets of flame, glitter cannons... even a car
> being pushed into the orchestra pit!
> This is an immense project with a hugely impressive
> pedigree (and budget), that happily rests its reputation
> on no-name performers - all of whom are good enough to
> remain when it arrives in London.
> Immense project
> The story is a Dystopian-future riff on Peter Pan,
> actually not bad. There's a Peter - Strat (Polec); leader
> of genetically perennial 18 year olds outcasts in the
> abandoned subways of New York.
> Above ground is everyone else, ageing normally, including
> industrialist Falco (Rob Fowler), his wife Sloan (Sharon
> Sexton) - the Darlings - and their 18th-birthday-girl
> Raven (Christina Bennington), our Wendy.
> There's even a Tinkerbell - well, Tink (Aran Macrae), a
> mutant, stuck at 17, and a nurse, Zahara (Danielle
> Raven falls for Strat, her father sets on a path of
> vengeance and hatred - of course - and there's an eventual
> resolution wrapped in a lot of singing and some
> surprisingly soft-centred choreography for such a
> hard-driven show.
> The cast members, leading and supporting, are uniformly
> The band is brilliant, the evening super-slick and the
> performances worthy of their standing ovation.
> If you can get a ticket, don't hesitate.
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> > https://opening-night.org
> > Bat Out Of Hell
> > Over 50 years in the planning and boy is it worth the
> > wait, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The
> > Musical explodes into life from the minute you enter the
> > theatre, the looming set is immense, the transformation
> > of Manchester’s Opera House to accommodate this ground
> > breaking world premiere is astonishing. The set designed
> > by Jon Bausor uses every inch of height available; it is
> > vast, intriguing and innovative. If you weren’t sure
> > before you certainly are now, Bat Out Of Hell is without
> > doubt the biggest theatre event of the year.
> > Set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city we
> > meet Strat (Andrew Polec) the forever young leader of The
> > Lost, a tribe of wasted youth who will never grow old.
> > Classed as mutants by Falco (Rob Fowler) the oppressive
> > ruler of Obsidian, The Lost live for love, freedom and of
> > course rock ‘n’ roll. Falco’s daughter Raven (Christina
> > Bennington) gets a taste for life on the dark side when
> > she meets Straton the eve of her eighteenth birthday and
> > from that moment on things will never be the same again.
> > Telling Strat when he sneaks into her bedroom at Falco
> > Towers, “If you don’t go ‘over the top,’ then how are you
> > going to see what’s on the other
> > side?” Raven and Strat begin their adventure and take the
> > audience on the ride of their lives. The talent on stage
> > is staggering, Andrew Polecembodies absolutely everything
> > you would want from a rebellious, tribe leading, rock God,
> > he is wild, wired, dangerous and utterly mesmerising. His
> > performance is quite simply incredible, strutting and
> > swaggering he draws you in and completely seduces you, the
> > chemistry between him and Christina Bennington (Raven) is
> > pure magic, their relationship a total meetings of minds.
> > They perfectly illustrate the angst and heartache of
> > forbidden love, Bennington’s vocals are heavenly, at first
> > seemingly delicate and pure she soon morphs into the
> > ultimate rock chick, the power in her voice is
> > astonishing, we soon realise the wide-eyed innocent
> > daughter of Falco and Sloane (Sharon Sexton) has been
> > waiting to be corrupted as she discovers a whole new kind
> > of freedom with Strat.
> > Of course Strat and Raven’s relationship was never going
> > to be accepted by Falco, who sets about destroying what
> > they have found, trying to end things before they have
> > even had chance to begin. Rob Folwer as Falcois
> > exceptional, brooding and intimidating; he has great stage
> > presence and a superb rock voice. Falco’s seemingly long
> > suffering wife Sloane (Sharon Sexton) delivers a fine
> > performance, constant cocktail in hand she is so bored
> > with this life yet so tied to it she is lost in a
> > seriously wretched place. Their scenes together offer some
> > real stand out moments, Paradise By The Dashboard Light is
> > a riot, raunchy, wild and superbly staged, they deliver
> > the narrative exquisitely. Both give a deeply heartfelt
> > performance of new song What Part of My Body Hurts the
> > Most, emotional and moving the quality of the writing is
> > so good even for a new song it feels strangely familiar.
> > Danielle Steers and Dom Hartly-
> > Harris as Zahara and Jagwire give knockout performances,
> > powerful and emotionally charged their interpretation
> > of Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad is staggeringly good, they
> > really feel the music and deliver Steinman’s lyrics with
> > real heart and grit. Their second act performance
> > of Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through is bursting with
> > attitude and sass, backed up by a magnificent ensemble who
> > give absolutely everything to this production.
> > This is a piece that proudly showcases the talent on
> > stage; Director Jay Scheib really has created something
> > magical here. Cutting edge and dynamic choreography
> > from Emma Portner compliments Steinman’slyrics
> > and Scheib’s direction perfectly and adds even more
> > attitude to already explosive performances. Special
> > mention also must go to Giovanni Spano (Ledoux) and Andrew
> > Patrick-Walker (covering as Blake) who together with Dom
> > Hartley-Harris deliver a strikingly heartfelt rendition
> > of Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than
> > They Are.
> > The staging of this production is truly something
> > spectacular, designed by Jon Bausor, it’s a struggle to
> > find words to do it justice, the set continually evolves
> > to deliver more and more intricate layers and surprises
> > you just didn’t see coming, add to this the innovative use
> > of multiple screens and live filming projected over almost
> > every inch of the set, it’s quite literally a multimedia
> > masterpiece, it feels as if the set is alive, I’ve never
> > experience staging like it, it’s such a visual feast. The
> > beauty of this multi-layered, multi-levelled set is that
> > it allows for every person sat in any seat within the
> > theatre to feel part of the production, in effect breaking
> > down that third wall, you are scooped up into the action
> > and fully immersed in the experience. Costumes
> > from Meentje Nielsen combined with video design from Finn
> > Ross and lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe further
> > confirm the sheer quality of this production.
> > Bat Out Of Hell is astonishingly good theatre, immersive,
> > incredible and utterly mind-blowing, there is no doubt in
> > my mind that Manchester has witnessed history in the
> > making tonight. This is a journey that is only just
> > beginning, the success of this show is unlimited, a
> > stunning production with the most sublime of casts, a
> > monster of a hit, which oozes world wide appeal.
> > Spellbindingly epic, an absolute must-see!
> > Undoubtedly ***** theatre, bold, dynamic and sexy as
> > hell!
> > Tickets available
> > here; http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/bat-out-of-hell/opera-house-manchester/
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