Music and Lyrics
by Jim Steinman
Book by David Ives
1986 - "The Phantom of the Opera", one of the most successful musicals of all time, opens in London's West End.
1989 - "Batman" directed by Tim Burton starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger is released to huge success.
1994 - "Beauty and the Beast" opens on Broadway, Disney Theatricals first production. "The Lion King" follows in 1997. "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" are now the seventh and eighth longest running musicals in Broadway history.
1998 - Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures is formed and "Batman: The Musical" is announced. Legendary songwriter and producer Jim Steinman is hired to write the music and lyrics and acclaimed New York playwright David Ives will write the book. A Gotham opening is set for 2001.
2005 - In a celebration of the works of Jim Steinman, music from the "Batman" musical is played live for the very first time. A young Australian hears a recording of this and is very moved. "It never should have been cancelled. This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard."
"Batman Begins" directed by Christopher Nolan is released and the Batman franchise is successfully rejuvenated onscreen.
2006 - "Lestat" opens on Broadway, Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures debut production. Robert Jess Roth directs with music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin and book by Linda Woolverton. It closes at the Palace Theater after 39 performances.
Demos from the "Batman" musical are released through Jim Steinman's blog and the Batman musical fan site goes live in September.
2011 - Ten years after the original projected opening in Gotham and thirteen years after the first announcement, the website celebrates 50,000 hits in June of this year.
2017 - Jim Steinman's "Bat out of Hell: The Musical" opens triumphantly in Manchester in March and London in June. Toronto will follow. The legend of the Batman musical lives on...
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