On July 26th VH1 plans to air "Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back," a new original movie that tells Meat Loaf's version of his dramatic rise to fame in the 1970s, his subsequent fall as a result of personal and professional problems, and his return to fame after recording the sequel to Bat Out Of Hell in 1993 with Jim Steinman. W. Earl Brown ("There's Something About Mary") stars as Meat Loaf, Dedee Pfeiffer ("For Your Love") as Lesley Aday and Zachary Throne ("Frank Leaves for the Orient") as the Meat's legendary inventor, Jim Steinman. The film is directed by Jim McBride ("Great Balls of Fire," "The Big Easy").
Steinman and most others portrayed in the film, aside from Meat Loaf, were not consulted on the script with regard to accuracy or content.
Stuttgart's Tanz der Vampire stars Kevin Tarte and Barbara Köhler's performance of "Totale Finsternis" on the German TV station ZDF-Sendung on the program "Straße der Lieder" has been rescheduled. They are now tentatively scheduled to appear April 22nd.
The Stuttgart cast of Tanz der Vampire are also scheduled to appear on "Kinderquatsch mit Michael" on April 1st but that date is also subject to change.
Jim's record label, Ravenous, is now associated with the Columbia Records family of music. A variety of projects are being planned.
"Dance Of The Vampires" (Stuttgart, Germany version) opens March 31, 2000 with previews beginning mid/late March. Returning visitors to the show will be pleased to find an extended and re-written Draussen Ist Freiheit/dance sequence. Visit Stella on-line for booking and ticket information.
"Dance Of The Vampires" (United States version) is working toward a Fall 2001 Broadway arrival. Contrary to a report appearing in a New York paper's gossip column, Roman Polanski will not be directing the U.S. production.
Jim continues to prepare "Batman : The Musical" for Warner Bros. with book by David Ives, music and lyrics by Steinman.
Filming is set to begin on VH1's Meat Loaf bio-pic "To Hell And Back." Although an actor has been cast and a role scripted for Steinman, Jim was not involved in script development nor will he assist with production.
A United States release of "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Meat Loaf" is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2000. Orchestral renditions of Bat Out Of Hell, Dead Ringer For Love, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through, I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), Read 'em And Weep, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, and Paradise By The Dashboard Light are featured on the 12 track collection. The Royal Philharmonic, one of the premier orchestras in the world, have previously featured the songs of U2, R.E.M Oasis and Madonna.
Current Cast For The Stuttgart Premiere Of Dance Of The Vampires:
Count von Krolock - Kevin Tarte
Von Krolock (alternate) - Charles Fornara
Alfred - Aris Sas
Alfred (alternate) - Fritz Schmid
Sarah - Barbara Köhler
Sarah (alternate) - Christina Koeb
Professor Abronsius - Werner Bauer
Chagal - James Sbano
Rebecca - Anne Welte
Herbert - Thomas Mülner
Magda - Maaike Schuurmans
Koukol - Torsten Flach
Raymond Sepe - Understudy Krolock / Chagal
René Rosenburg - Understudy Alfred / Professor
Isabella Prühs - Understudy Magda
Juliana Albrecht - Understudy Rebecca
Damian Kacperski, Akos Tihanyi, Philip Ranson, Bart Sluis, Witalji Kühne, Francseco Abós, Anne Tiger Days, Liane Maynard, Isabella Massé, Virginia Kop, Tiziana Doneda, Nuria Castells
Norbert Kohler - Understudy Alfred / Herbert
Frank Röbling - Understudy Professor
Alexander Wengel - Understudy Koukol
Andrew Hunt - Dance Captain
Lillemor Spitzer - Understudy Sarah
Maryanne Kelly - Understudy Magda
Marion Furtner - Understudy Sarah
Tanz der Vampire prepares to open in Stuttgart, Germany
(Previews start March 17th, Opening Night - March 31st, 2000)
Count von Krolock: Kevin Tarte (alternate): Charles Fornara
Alfred: Aris Sas (alternate): Fritz Schmid
Sarah: Barbara Köhler (alternate): Christina Koeb
Professor Abronsius: Werner Bauer
Chagal : James Sbano
Rebecca: Anne Welte
Herbert: Thomas Mülner
Magda: Maaike Schuurmans
Koukol: Torsten Flach
On Saturday March 25th, Kevin Tarte and Barbara Köhler (Stuttgart's Krolock and Sarah) will perform
"Totale Finsternis" on the German TV station ZDF-Sendung on the program "Straße der Lieder."
NEW YORK MORNING SHOW LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE OVERLOOKED CANDIDATES FOR ROCK HALL
The New York morning team of Steve Mason & Sue Kolinsky who host what they
call "The Anti Show" on 102.7 WNEW have launched the online ROCK HALL OVERSIGHT PETITION at the show's website at
The list of overlooked candidates was compiled by Mason, Kolinsky, and callers over a period of weeks. "There were some obvious omissions like
Aerosmith and Queen," says Mason, "but there are also some personal favorites." Sue Kolinsky is a big fan of Steely Dan and Laura
Nyro, while Mason is a Harry Chapin aficionado and, having grown up in Toledo, has a soft spot for straight ahead rock like 38 Special, REO
Speedwagon, and Cheap Trick. Two of the candidates who have clearly earned a place in The Rock Hall, but might not garner support without a public push are Burt Bacharach
and Bernie Taupin. "Bacharach's career and influence spans the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's," Mason points out. "From his string of hits with Dionne
Warwick to his recent collaborations with Elvis Costello, he is a distinctive musical voice that deserves recognition. As for
Taupin, it is
his lyrics that created hit after hit for Elton John. The Rock Hall is for songwriters as much as it is for performers."
Visitors to the website at www.stevemason.com can vote for as many of the candidates
as they believe are deserving of Rock immortality. Mason &
Kolinsky will foreward all online petitions to Rock Hall voters, the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame, and to major music publications. Here is a list of all of
the candidates on THE MASON & KOLINSKY ROCK HALL OVERSIGHT PETITION.
38 Special, Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Harry Chapin, Cheap Trick, Don McLean,
Moody Blues, Rush, Laura Nyro, Queen, Stevie Nicks (solo), REO Speedwagon, Jim Steinman (writer/producer),
Bernie Taupin, Steely Dan
Jim recently interviewed for 20/20. The episode is scheduled to air Thursday October 28th 1999 on ABC Television.
The Classic Albums Special : Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell will be shown on ITV on October 23rd 1999. This show features extensive interview clips with Jim. See Rockman's Classic Albums preview section for samples. The show will also be released on VHS and DVD. Limited edition packages including the Bat Out Of Hell CD will also be issued.
The CD Pavarotti & Friends For Guatemala and Kosovo has been released on Decca Records (289466600-2). The album features a spectacular debut with Pavarotti and Boyzone performing No Matter What. There is also a video of the concert, directed by Spike Lee, available (440074220-3).
A new CD called "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Meat Loaf"
(MCCD403) has been released in the United Kingdom. The CD features orchestral
versions of 12 songs of which 8 are penned by Jim - those songs are:
Bat Out Of Hell / Dead Ringer / You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth /
Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through / I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do
That) / Read 'Em And Weep / Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad / Paradise By The Dashboard Light
The CD can be ordered on-line for HMV Direct, the telephone # (U.S. callers) is
011 44 990 334578
Whistle Down The Wind has extended it's booking period at the Aldwych Theater in London. You can now purchase tickets through September 2000.
"Boyzone will be performing No Matter What on General Hospital on August 4th."
Boyzone will be in Los Angeles July 1 & 2 taping an appearance on General Hospital. They'll be performing No Matter What. Exact air date is yet to be determined but it should be shortly after the taping.
To hear a bit of Luciano Pavarotti and Boyzone's duet of No Matter What click here.
Jim is featured in Entertainment Weekly's issue - The 100 Most Talented People.
It Broadway Rocker JIM STEINMAN
AGE 49 WHY HIM? The writer-producer behind Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell is the Great White Way's new lullabier. Steinman's Whistle Down the Wind, a collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber, comes to the U.S. next year; his Dance of the Vampires, directed by Roman Polanski, will debut on B'way by Halloween 2000; then he'll turn the Caped Crusader into a crooner for Batman: The Musical, in 2001. WORK HABITS "I'm nocturnal. My favorite thing is to go to sleep around noon, wake at 6 p.m., and work through the night." Creative crutch "I listen to Wagner and the Beach Boys. And I watch Hitchcock. I once got kicked out of an apartment for playing the score from Psycho too loud." WORST JOB "Playing in the opening act for Bette Midler at a bathhouse in New York. I was all dressed up and everyone else was in towels." NEXT Studying bat habits for Batman: "I'm starting to sleep upside down in a tree."
Also, ITV will soon be featuring Bat Out Of Hell as part of their "Classic Albums" series.