Composer, lyricist, producer, and playwright Jim Steinman has passed away. He was 73 years old. The news was announced by TMZ.
Born in New York in 1947, Steinman would later attend Amherst College. The composer, somewhat surprisingly, began his work in musical theater before moving into songwriting where he penned some of the most memorable songs on the last century.
Steinman famously collaborated with singer Meat Loaf throughout his career including Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back in Hell, where he composed and produced memorable hits like “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” and the title song, “Bat Out of Hell.”
At the same time, Steinman was working with other artists. He famously composed and produced “Total Eclipse of the Heart” for Bonnie Tyler, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” for Air Supply, and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” which was originally recorded by Pandora’s Box, and would later be covered by Celine Dion and eventually Meat Loaf.
Moving into the later 90s, Steinman began to work more in theater again, this time collaborating with Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera) on an adaptation of Whistle Down the Wind, and later, on a musical adaptation of Dance of the Vampires which repurposed some of Steinman’s older tunes along with new compositions.
Vampires was wildly popular in Germany and Austria, but ran into numerous issues when trying to bring it to the US, not the least of which was the fallout on Broadway from the 9/11 attacks. Producers began to meddle with the show, and its high-profile star Michael Crawford proved temperamental. Sadly, the show closed after an astonishing 61 preview shows and only 56 performances in a regular run.
Despite all of this, however, Steinman’s epic, near operatic rock music is some of the most recognizable on the planet, and in 2017, he brought all of those elements together once more in Bat Out of Hell: The Musical.
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