Xena Gusthart choreographs monster of a musical ‘Bat Out of Hell’

Meat Loaf: the musical?! Yes, you read that right.  All of those iconic, head-banging rock n’ roll hits are coming to the prestigious theater stage of New York City Center beginning August 1st.  The musical doesn’t chronicle the life and times of the band a la “Beautiful” or “The Cher Show,” but rather weaves together an imaginative narrative with Meat Loaf’s canon of legendary anthems (think “Head over Heels” or “Mamma Mia”). In “Bat Out of Hell,” we’re in a post-apocalyptic world called Obsidian and the leader of the rebellious gang falls in love with the daughter of Obsidian’s tyrannical ruler…#conflict.

“Bat Out of Hell” has been in the works since its first workshop in 2015 and on-stage premiere in Manchester in 2017.  From the trailers and advertisements for the show, we see motorcycles, strobe lights, fog machines, athletic choreography, and, of course, so many songs that we can’t help but sing along to.  Still, we really have no idea what exactly to expect in this rock n’ roll, dystopian, musical theater romance.  Dance Informa got the chance to interview “Bat Out of Hell” choreographer, Xena Gusthart, who is making her NYC debut with this monster of a musical…READ MORE

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