This Week on Broadway for August 11, 2019: Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, Two’s A Crowd @ 59e59, Michael Feinstein (with Marilyn Maye): I Happen to Like New York @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, Hannah Senesh @ National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), and Bob Ullman, Veteran Broadway Press Agent passed away.




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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at MTIMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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PF + MP: Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, through September 8, 2019
Under the direction of Jay Scheib, the New York engagement for Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will star Andrew Polec who thrilled London and Toronto critics with his powerhouse performance as Strat. Joining him will be Christina Bennington who originated the role of Raven in London, Tony Award Winner Lena Hall as Sloane, Bradley Dean as Falco, Avionce Hoyles as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, and Tyrick Wiltez Jones as Jagwire. The ensemble for Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical includes Will Branner, Lincoln Clauss, Kayla Cyphers, Jessica Jaunich, Paulina Jurzec, Adam Kemmerer, Nick Martinez, Harper Miles, Erin Mosher, Aramie Payton, Andres Quintero, Tiernan Tunnicliffe, and Kaleb Wells.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by Michael Cohl, Tony Smith, Bob Broderick, Lorne Gertner, David Sonenberg, features book, music, and lyrics by Mr. Steinman, direction by Mr. Scheib, choreography adapted by Xena Gusthart, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Mr. Bausor & Meentje Nielson, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Finn Ross, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, and musical direction by Ryan Cantwell.

Today on Broadway: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and Lena Hall

PF: Two’s A Crowd @ 59e59, through August 25, 2019
Book by Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman
Music and Lyrics by Jason Feddy
Directed by Martin Bergman
With Rita Rudner, Robert Yacko, Brian Lohmann, and Kelly Holden Bashar

— Is the premise similar to Planes, Trains & Automobiles movie ( Steve Martin, John Candy)?

MP: Michael Feinstein (with Marilyn Maye): I Happen to Like New York @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, through August 23, 2019
Special guest Marilyn Maye will join Michael for his performances from August 6 – 13.
Special guest Melissa Manchester will join Michael for his performances from August 15 – 20.
Special guest Jackie Evancho will join Michael for his performances on August 21, 22, and 23.

New York, New York (the song)

The New York Yankees

Y.M.C.A. (song)

Sinatra vs Ebb (Sinatra changed the lyrics)

Barbra back at MSG last week

PF: Hannah Senesh @ National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, through August 18, 2019

HANNAH SENESH (a play with music and song)
An award-winning play.
Written and Directed by David Schechter.
Developed in collaboration with Lori Wilner.
Based upon the diaries and poems of Hannah Senesh, translated from the Hungarian by Marta Cohn and Peter Hay
Music composed and arranged by Steven Lutvak.

Peter remarked that an actor coming through the audience with a weapon to attack another actor on stage, given today’s headlines, the staging should be changed.

Future Fest in Dayton, Ohio



Bob Ullman Dies: Veteran Broadway Press Agent Was 97 by Greg Evans

D. A. Pennebaker (correction from last week)





Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


New York, New York · Liza Minnelli


For Crying Out Loud (Meat Loaf) Bat Out of Hell (1977)

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