After hitting the highway on its UK tour, the electrifying musical Bat Out of Hell arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre this June. We caught up with leading cast members Martha Kirby and Glenn Adamson, who grew up not far from MK, for the lowdown.
Bringing to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell combines the magic of a musical with the immense energy of rock ‘n’ roll.
“It is just a great night out; high octane, high energy and like a party,” says Glenn, who plays Strat in the show.
“It’s nostalgia for people who grew up with the album, but it is also a really great story that resonates with younger audiences.”
Martha, who plays Raven, nods in agreement, “The music was what initially drew me to the show. I’d never heard it, but I listened to it before I auditioned and just loved it.”
The album of the same name remains one of the most successful of all time, selling more than 50 million
“Great music is timeless and ageless,” agrees Glenn. “Queen, Bon Jovi, Tina Turner – this album is in the same bracket as those by these classic artists.
“New audiences are coming to older music all the time. And nobody wrote rock anthems that are essentially musical theatre numbers like Jim.”
Martha adds, “You can hear the theatricality of the songs; you really feel the fact that they were written as musical numbers.”
Now, in the wake of Steinman and Meat Loaf’s recent deaths, it certainly feels like a fitting time for their theatrical legacy to be embarking on a national tour.
Martha says, “The show has always paid tribute to both Meat and Jim’s work. It is now our place to continue sharing their legacy and greatness.”
As for Milton Keynes, Glenn has a particular reason for being happy that the show is scheduled to stop here.
“I’m a local boy, so all my family will be coming along,” he explains. “It’s going to be so good to be at home and to see everyone.”
Bat Out of Hell arrives in Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 June. Tickets are available at ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes