Rock and Roll and the stage is adding another chapter to its saga later this year thanks to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s landmark ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album, and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. If there was an album tailor-made for Broadway, it’s this one. And good luck trying to find a singer to match Meat Loaf’s intensity!
This is just the latest in a long line of rock and roll albums that have been given the stage treatment. Some are no-brainers that turn into classics like The Who’s pioneering album “Tommy”, which vaulted the rock opera to the mainstream and won a boat-load of Tony Awards during its short but highly successful run.
And I love this version of David Bowie’s “Lazarus” as sung by the wonderful Michael C. Hall. I really hope this show returns to the great White Way for a proper run once it’s finished up in London.
As for rock artists overdue for some Broadway love, I still say Dream Theater’s music is primed and ready. That said, I’d opt for their outstanding 1999 album ‘Scenes from a Memory’. I think these selections would be standouts with a full Broadway orchestra.
How about you? What rock bands do you think are ready for some Broadway love?
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