A creature of the stage, who's career began on Broadway and
included appearing in shows like Hair and in The Rocky Horror Picture Show,
Meat Loaf then starred Off-Broadway in More Than You Deserve, by composer Jim
Steinman. That fortuitous pairing then led to the Steinman-penned first Bat Out
of Hell album. 30 years in Rock and Roll later, Meat Loaf returns to Broadway
on November 2nd in Bat Out of Hell on Broadway at the Palace
Theatre. Combined, the first two Bat
albums sold nearly 50 million copies worldwide, establishing Bat Out of Hell as
a one of rock's most successful musical franchises and launching Meat Loaf into
a career as a rock star. With the October 31 release of Bat Out of Hell III
Meat Loaf sat down with BroadwayWorld.com to reflect on the new CD, theatrical
ghosts, future stage possibilities and much more.
Given your history on
the stage, does that make your upcoming concert at Broadway's Palace Theater
more special to you?
The Palace is a haunted theatre so that's why we're going
there. I worked in the Belasco which was also haunted. That place really is haunted! Things got moved
around there all the time. They had a fire there one night…we were leaving the
theatre from a tech rehearsal and I think it was Tim Curry, myself and the
director and the choreographer and we walked out the back door, and we were
walking past the front door towards some restaurant and we looked and the
curtain was on fire! The ghost light was placed on the stage, I sat there and
watched them do it. From the time we walked out the back door, to the time we
had walked by the front, it had been moved, the ghost light had been moved!
Was that David
Belasco's way of expressing his opinion of the production?
Things were always being moved, all the time in the dressing
rooms. They always said that with David Belasco, these kinds of things happened
when he didn't like the productions in the theatre. But apparently, there's
over 100 ghosts in the Palace Theater, because that building was one of the
oldest vaudeville houses in New York.
There's a cellist in the pit that people have seen, there's
a little girl in the balcony and Judy Garland supposedly haunts the Palace
Theater. She goes in and out a door that was made for her.
The one up the little
staircase so she could look out at the audience?
Exactly! Now, the one ghost that you don't want to see is an
acrobat who fell and broke his neck, because the rumor is that if you see the
acrobat, you're going to die very soon yourself.
So, the Palace Theatre is cool and that's why we're going
Before you launched
into a career of Rock n' Roll, you made many appearances on stage. How do you look
back at your time in the theatre?
I love theatre, and I want to get back to it. There's a play
that was Off Broadway called The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, obviously based
on Shakespeare, and they've asked me to do the lead in that on Broadway. I
think that they wanted to put it up this year and I told them no way. The
soonest that I could get there would be late in 2007 or in 2008. I don't know
if they'll wait on me, I haven't heard from them. I would love to do that