Watch the Bat out of hell the cast pays homage to Meat Loaf
The cast of the musical based on Meatloaf iconic Bat out of hell the album graced him during the show’s curtain call over the weekend.
On Friday, the actors vowed to “keep the flame of rock and roll burning” for the rocker, who died on January 20 at the age of 74.
The show, which took place to a sold-out audience at the New Wimbledon Theatre, was performed in his memory.
In a joint speech after the performance, lead actors Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton, who play the characters Falco and Sloane respectively, told the audience, “He was a man with a bigger heart, bigger personality and voice. emblematic who made [composer] Jim Steinman’s music flies.
“He’s been a huge inspiration to Jim, a huge inspiration to this show, and a huge inspiration to all of you and all of us.
“We dedicated this in his honor and we promise you, Meat, wherever you are, we will keep the flame of rock and roll alive.”
They ended the speech to thunderous applause, shouting, “Meat Loaf, we love you, and may the beat be yours forever.”
The musical, which is currently touring the UK, is inspired by Peter Pan, but set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. It contains many of Meat Loaf’s most beloved songs.
The Sexton actress told the PA news agency ahead of the show: “I think the music will never be the same… And so I think as soon as the musical chords start tonight it’s going to be incredibly moving.”
She added that the American rocker was “warm, open and supportive” of the cast when they met, adding that she felt “shocked and very sad” after his death.
A statement from the production said: “The company of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell The Musical here in the UK are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of their great friend and producer, Meat Loaf.
“He was with us when the show first launched in London at the Coliseum and in Manchester at the Opera in 2016, then came to the show at the Dominion Theater in London on July 25, 2018.”
The music legend’s death has prompted tributes from fans and other musicians around the world. From Cher to Boy George and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, many also shared their shock at his passing at just 74.
TMZ reported that the rock veteran, born Michael Lee Aday, died of Covid-19 after falling ill earlier in the same week. He enjoyed a successful six-decade career and was one of the best-selling musicians of all time with millions of albums sold.
the Bat out of hell The musical will play at the New Wimbledon Theater until January 29, then continue to tour the UK and Ireland.