Stars of Bat Out Of Hell Perform in Aid of Invictus
In April 2018, hit West End show, Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, announced a wide-ranging global partnership to support the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games, a global sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans.
Last Friday (29 June), the head of the Invictus Games Delegation, Air Vice-Marshall Garry Tunnicliffe, on behalf of the UK Invictus Games Partnership Board, invited the cast to the Dorchester Hotel, London to perform at their fundraising gala.
The next Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia 20-27 October, with 500 international competitors in a multi-sport extravaganza and the UK will sending a strong team.
Stars of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington, Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Danielle Steers and Wayne Robinson, performed Bat Out Of Hell, For Crying Out Loud, All Coming Back to Me and Dead Ringer for Love at the event.
The Duke of Sussex sent an uplifting video message to all in the room at the Dorchester, in which he mentioned his “Congratulations to the UK Team. Fantastic to be selected and I hope you are all looking forward to Sydney. I think its going to be an amazing journey and one hell of an experience. Thank you for everyone’s continued support of the team and the Invictus Games as a whole, as it simply wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiasm and passion that everybody shares.”
Andrew Polec, who plays Strat in the musical, said, "It was such an amazing honour to perform in support of Invictus. What a rocking night! Our whole cast is looking forward to further building this incredibly special relationship."
The Musical is also announcing new ways for fans to donate to Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Foundation, to assist as it delivers its transformational work.
In April, an initial donation of a six-figure number was gifted by Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical to the Invictus Games Foundation and an exclusive charity gala performance will be held in the not too distant future.
Hundreds of tickets are being made available for veterans and their families to experience the hit show. To support those who live outside of London, the show’s producers have also made funds available that will assist with travel costs for those outside of the Capital.
There will be private tours, family theatre workshops and the producers have agreed to run a special employment programme to help assist wounded, injured or sick serving or ex-service personnel interested in a career in the theatre.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical producer, Michael Cohl said, “We are so pleased to deepen our partnership with this wonderful charity and make our contribution towards the success of the Invictus Games 2018.”
The winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017, Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2017, and has been seen by nearly 500,000 people to date. It began previews at London’s Dominion Theatre on Monday 2 April and is currently booking to 27 October 2018.
Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian.
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor and Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod CDG, fight direction by Stuart Boother and musical direction by Robert Emery.
The German language premiere will be held at the Stage Metronom Theatre, Oberhasuen, Germany in November 2018.
Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox & Tony Smith.