Jim Steinman

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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James Richard Steinman was born on November 1st, 1948 in New York, New York. While attending Amherst College, Steinman wrote and performed a musical called "The Dream Engine." Present in the audience at the performance was theater legend, Joseph Papp, who was so exited that he bought the rights to it during intermission.

In 1975, Jim began touring with rock 'n roll singer Meat Loaf while working on a musical called "Neverland" in which he has characterized as a rock'n roll Peter Pan. Three of the songs from "Neverland" were to be included in a project with singer, Meat Loaf, called "Bat Out of Hell," a collection of 7 songs, in a style unlike anything else produced at that time. It was rock 'n roll, but with a Wagnerian and operatic twist to it. They eventually worked out a deal with Epic, with Todd Rundgren as a producer and "Bat Out of Hell" was released in 1977.

"Bat Out of Hell," with Meat Loaf, has become a milestone in rock music and is one of the best selling albums of all time, spending over 400 weeks in the British album charts. It has been officially declared the best selling disc of all time at well over 40 million, and the sequel, "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" topped the charts in 38 countries sixteen years later, in 1993.

In 1994, Jim was contacted by Andrew Lloyd Webber, to provide the lyrics to Lloyd Webber's score for the musical adaptation of the British movie, "Whistle down the Wind." The musical opened in Washington, D.C. in December, 1996 to mixed reviews, after which the team reworked the piece for opening in 1998 in London's West End.

Steinman is not only a formidable talent in the realms of musicals and rock 'n roll, but also versatile, winning a Grammy award as the producer for the 1996 Best Album of the Year, Celine Dion's "Falling Into You." He made one platinum album as a singer, "Bad For Good." His film credits include "Footloose," "Streets of Fire," "The Shadow," and "Mask of Zorro."

He is currently writing the music and lyrics for a new musical to be entitled "Batman," directed by film director Tim Burton. He is also executive producing and writing the songs and score for "Wuthering Heights California," a made for MTV movie.

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Arkansas Repertory Theatre Announces A VERY MOTOWN CHRISTMAS And 2024 Summerstage Season

Arkansas Repertory Theatre has announced a holiday special performance event, 'A Very Merry Motown Christmas,' and their 2024 SummerStage Season featuring productions like Pride & Prejudice, Footloose, Into the Side of a Hill, and Hello, Dolly!

Corn Exchange Newbury Reveals Spring 2024 Season

Berkshire is set for another incredible entertainment season this New Year, as Corn Exchange announce their Spring 2024 season. The January-April line up includes a diverse host of theatre, comedy, music, dance, and more, from returning classics to exciting new shows, all set to dazzle Newbury’s audiences.

Kevin Walsh Pays Tribute To Meat Loaf With Cover 'Not A Dry Eye In The House'

Discover Kevin Walsh's heartfelt tribute to Meat Loaf with his emotional cover of 'Not A Dry Eye In The House'. Experience the powerful vocals and dramatic production that bring new life to this beloved classic.

The Mountain Goats Release New Album 'JENNY FROM THEBES'

The Mountain Goats release their highly anticipated new album, 'Jenny From Thebes.' Don't miss out on this exciting musical experience.

Jeremy Stolle Joins YES! THE MUSICAL at IAMT

Jeremy Stolle will headline an educational workshop of Yes! The Musical at the Institute for American Musical Theatre, with performances from November 2-4, 2023. Get all the details about this exciting musical event.


Breaking the Curtain podcast interviews Tony Award winner Lena Hall about her role in the new musical 'In Dreams' at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

Hamburg Production of HAMILTON Will Be Replaced by TANZ DER VAMPIRE

The Hamburg production of Hamilton will close this Sunday after a year-long run and taking home the top musical prize at the German Musical Theater Awards.

Andrew Polec Will Perform in Concert in NYC Next Week

Andrew Polec, who is currently starring as Berger in the Two River production of Hair, will be performing a concert in NYC at Milliron Studios at 8pm on Monday October 9, 2023. Learn more about the upcoming performance and find out how to get tickets here!

Video: the Mountain Goats Release Video for New Single 'Murder at the 18th St. Garage'

A sequel to their beloved 2002 album All Hail West Texas, Jenny from Thebes is a lush collection of showtunes, pushing John Darnielle as a vocalist and the Mountain Goats as a band, broadening their sonic palette once again by leaning into influences like Godspell, Jim Steinman, and The Cars. Watch the new music video now!

The Mountain Goats Share New Single 'Fresh Tattoo' & Announce Winter Tour Dates

The Mountain Goats share “Fresh Tattoo,” the driving new single from their recently announced new album, Jenny from Thebes. The track features Alicia Bognanno from Bully on guitar, horns by Matt Douglas and Evan Ringel, and backing vocals from Matt Nathanson. A sequel to their beloved 2002 album All Hail West Texas.

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album 'Jenny From Thebes'

The album is a lush collection of showtunes, pushing John Darnielle as a vocalist and the Mountain Goats as a band, broadening their sonic palette once again by leaning into influences like Godspell, Jim Steinman, and The Cars. Jenny from Thebes is a widescreen musical in scope, a melodrama of richly detailed characters and sweeping emotions.

Wake Up With BWW 7/17: First Look at HERE LIES LOVE, WEST SIDE STORY at the Muny, and More!

Top stories: Get a first look at Here Lies Love on Broadway, The Muny's production of West Side Story, and more!

Video: Watch Andre De Shields Sing 'Who'd Do the Dirty?' from Jim Steinman and Barry Keating's RHINEGOLD

Watch Andre De Shields sing 'Who'd Do the Dirty?' from Jim Steinman and Barry Keating’s RHINEGOLD on Backstage Pass with Lia Chang!

Mac-Haydn Theatre Cuts Loose With FOOTLOOSE Next Month

The Mac-Haydn Theatre continues its summer season of hits with 'Footloose,' the Tony and Grammy winning musical based on the decade-defining film of the same name, running July 6 - 16.

West End Star Andrew Polec Releases First Single 'Freaking in the Mirror'

Andrew Polec is known for his award-winning-performance as Strat on the West End, at New York City Center, and on the Tour in Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell the Musical. He was also the First Prize Winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition through the Kurt Weill Foundation. Andrew has been San Diego’s resident Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Andre De Shields, Andrew Polec & Bradley Dean Will Take Part in RHINEGOLD Concert

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Andre De Shields is set to star in a concert presentation of Jim Steinman and Barry Keating's Rhinegold- a musical he first appeared in in 1973.

Travis Moser Releases New Version of 'Rainbow Connection' With Drew Wutke

Cabaret, concert and recording artist Travis Moser and musical director and pianist Drew Wutke have released a new recording of 'Rainbow Connection' by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.

Cast and Creatives Announced For FOOTLOOSE At Russell Hill Rogers Theater

This summer, Footloose will play in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater at The Public Theater of San Antonio, the longest-running theatre company in Texas.

Kiley Baxter Shares 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' Single

Recently signed to release her first single, singer-songwriter Kiley Baxter has been singing for as long as she can remember, with credits to many diverse influences ranging from Whitney Houston to Miley Cyrus. Incorporating elements of soul and a retro flare into the pop genre, Kiley creates music that is both timeless and limitless. 

Resorts Casino Hotel plays host to Remember Jones - Bat out of Hell Live

As part of the North to Shore Festival announced recently by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall, the popular Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman tribute band (Remember Jones – Bat of Hell Live) will perform inside the Superstar Theatre.


Jim Steinman has written 6 shows including Neverland (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), More Than You Deserve (Composer), Whistle Down The Wind (Lyricist), Footloose (Composer/Lyricist), Dance of the Vampires (Composer/Lyricist), Bat Out of Hell (Composer, Lyricist, & Bookwriter).

Jim Steinman has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for his work on the Broadway show "Footloose".

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