BWW Reviews: Rocktellz & Cocktails: Now It's A Meat Loaf Retrospective
The concept is simple: Take a well-known singer and let that singer tell the story of his or her music. That, in very basic terms, is the concept Las Vegas producer Adam Steck has realized beautifully in Rocktellz and Cocktails, his new show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Steck says he envisions the show running a long time with many stars at the center of the piece. First up - through November 5 - is Meat Loaf.
Showcasing his biggest hits, Meat takes through his catalogue and tells us about himself and his music. He talks about an performs "Red Light, Life Is A Lemon, Dead Ringer, Hot Patootie, Took the Words, Frying Pan
I Woud Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That), Paradise by the Dashboard Light, All Revved Up" and "Bat Out of Hell."
Born Marvin Aday in Texas, he tell the audience that he always hated his name and, after a Levi's commercial told the tale of "Poor fat Marvin [who] can't wear Levi's," he - who as a kid was too big to wear Levi's - changed his first name to Michael. He also talked about acquiring the name Meat Loaf. Seems his father called him "Meat" and, in eighth grade, when he stepped on the coach's foot, the latter said, "Get off my foot, you hunk of Meat Loaf!" and, as all the bystande4rs were in eighth grade, the name stuck.
His first love is Broadway and he "considers himself an actor first." He worked with Joe Papp in the New York Shakespeare Festival and was in the original cast of Hair. He says that, in that show, he was paid $12.75 a show "not to get nekked." And so it went for the evening. Punctuating his biggest hits were questions from the audience.