The night started with fellow Bat fans meeting out side the home of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical; The Dominion at Tottenham Court Road in London.
Kyra (The administrator for @RobFowlerFans) and I then headed over to the theater to join in on a bit of pre Bat celebrations; with a sing song of classic Jim/Meat Loaf hits;
This video is the follow Bat Fan's who joined in the celebrations of the opening preview night and it was a special atmosphere amongst bat fans; Kyra and I are in the video somewhere! (10 points if you spot us!).
As we took our seats inside the theater, everyone was pumped ready for the start! - As the cast members took to stage the audience went crazy; then Andrew took to the stage and the audience stood up and cheered the leading man a warm welcome back to London! It was official Bat was back! - The good news for the cast it was a full house! - The Theatre completely sold out and there was no more room! The Bat Fans had turned out in their thousands!
Boom! Andrew started the show with a sensation opening (some changed content). During the performance, there was some very minor technical glitches, one including the house lights going up and down; I thought it was part of the performance with like a heartbeat...
Zahara played by the incredibly talented Danielle Steers took to the stage to sing "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad". A Personal favorite of mine in the first half, if I have to be honest with you as she delivers a performance that will have you saying "Oh.. My...God... That was awesome! Welcome home Bat".
It wasn't just a few new cast members making their debut on Monday night; an original returnee, who is Patrick's Sullivan's character Blake's understudy made his debut; Jonathan Cordin, took on the role as Blake, in fact it was his 270th Show, but 1st as playing Blake and he was awesome! Jonathan's performance was outstanding, on several times during the show he delivered justice; and has a strong voice; this is particularly clear when he performs "Objects In The Rear View Mirrors".
At the end of the first half; The whole auditorium was standing up and cheering after Andrew and the rest of the cast delivered an outstanding end to a first half of a West End Performance.
Second half, and this time it saw a very few minor changes but allowing Sharon Sexton's Character to really develop;
Whilst another new cast member had his moment to shine; this time in the second half was the turn of Alex Thomas-Smith who took over the role as Tink in this musical -
As you may remember TInk is one of my favourite characters in the show; A lot of people were overheard before the return of the musical saying he's got very big boots to fill and he did Tink's role justice; it was so lovely to see how he had made TInk his own character and how well developed Tink's character was; I felt that he had a bit more to say this time than in the London 2017 run. "Not Allowed To Love" is one of Leah's (a regular listener) and mine favorite song; and we were very impressed; I thought personally Alex's voice was very strong. So well done!
What Part Of My Body Hurt's The Most - One of the most powerful songs of the second half! Rob Fowler (Falco) and Sharon Sexton (Sloane) they were outstanding; Sharon's performance and Rob impressed me so much! - Some of you know, its the song I belt my heart out in the radio station studio's most weeks! (Call it warm up!)
Oh - and the bit that always makes me cry, Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through, On Monday night; made me tear up; you could tell the song was very heartfelt and the emotion was spot on. (Nasty Falco, for hurting Strat's Sole mate)
What an ending! - Minus the Bat's!
Oh OK, being the first night everyone was expecting a few hiccups, even the Bat's went on strike at the end of the night, but don't let that put you off the ending; As the cast took to the stage the audience went wild for the cast who poured their heart and soles into this show and did everyone very proud!
Being a review of the night; I didn't want to spoil it for those wanting to see; however wanted to share the outstanding moments that I thought were worth mentioning! - Hope those who attended and read this agree! - Now, time for stage door...
On arrival to the stage door; there was a lovely large queue waiting for the stars of the show; Firstly (I believe) Danielle Steers came out to a big applause, sadly due to the sheer volume of people Ms Steers was in undated with requests! - Perhaps next time!