Meat Loaf musical in Germany

"Bat Out Of Hell" premieres at the Stage Metronom Theatre in the Ruhr region of western Germany.

Meat Loaf musical in Germany

Essen, Germany (dpa) - Will a musical featuring the music of Meat Loaf work in German? From Thursday there is the opportunity to find out as "Bat Out Of Hell" premieres in the city of Oberhausen.

Composer and lyricist Jim Steinman has woven a story inspired by many love stories around the bombastic rock ballads of the global star with the powerful voice to create the musical.

The story focuses on Strat, leader of a group of young rebels, and Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco; There are distinct echoes of Romeo and Juliet, or Tony and Maria from "West Side Story."

A seasoned theatre expert has turned his hand to the German version of the musical's text: Roland Schimmelpfennig, one of the most staged contemporary dramatists.

It's "a hell of a pleasure to bring the characters around the songs of hit legend Meat Loaf to life," Schimmelpfennig said.

But the makers of the musical highlighted what matters most in the elaborate production: "The music is the star."

The producers of the musical already put on in Manchester, Toronto and London have a lot of work to do to keep up with the original: Concerts by Marvin Lee Aday, as Meat Loaf is called by his real name, feature the roaring of motorcycles, opulent costumes, operatic drama and streams of sweat.

"Bat Out Of Hell" premieres at the Stage Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen in the Ruhr region of western Germany on Thursday and runs until the end of May.