Artist : Various
Album : Batman: The Musical (Demos)
Source : CD?
Year : 2000
Genre : Pop/Soundtrack
Encoder : Unknown
Codec : LAME 3.96
Bitrate : 192K/s 44100Hz Joint Stereo
ID3-Tag : ID3v2.3
Ripped By : NMR
1. The Graveyard Shift (12:44)
2. In The Land Of The Pig, The Butcher Is King ( 4:37)
3. Not Allowed To Love ( 4:26)
4. Not Allowed (Pop Mix) ( 4:24)
5. Not Allowed (Dance Mix) ( 4:44)
6. The Joker's Song (Wonderful Toys) ( 5:46)
7. The Catwoman's Song (I Need All The Love I Can Get) ( 9:16)
8. We're Still The Children We Once Were ( 4:55)
9. Cry To Heaven ( 2:22)
Total Playing Time: 53:19 (min:sec)
Total Size : 73.3 MB (76,868,388 bytes)
MUSIC & LYRICS BY JIM STEINMAN
Not many people are aware Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, a new wing of one of the most powerful entertainment forces in the world, announced BATMAN: THE MUSICAL in 1998. Believe it or not, this is true.
JIM STEINMAN was tapped to compose, alongside DAVID IVES who would write the book ("script and dialogue"). The World Premiere was announced for Broadway 2001 but did not materialize.
In 2002, in the lead-up to the Broadway premiere of Jim Steinman's "Dance Of The Vampires" (Minskoff Theatre) a breakthrough was made. TIM BURTON, the director of the original "Batman" and "Batman Returns", would direct the musical for a 2004 out-of-town tryout and a 2005 Broadway production.
Warner Bros. possibly explored the idea because of Disney's success with "The Lion King", "Beauty And The Beast" and "Aida", produced by Disney Theatricals. In the light of this, perhaps they felt they could top the fill with a stage show based on one of the most successful franchises ever. In this instance, who better to select than composer Jim Steinman who produced rock's own franchise with "Bat Out Of Hell", meanwhile collaborating with Andrew Lloyd Webber on "Whistle Down The Wind", spawning the greatest selling single from a musical ever, and "Tanz Der Vampire", directed by Roman Polanski, a European phenomenon.
Actually, if one is aware of Steinman's output it's almost exciting to picture his work here. Steinman has composed some of the darkest melodramatic hits of rock. "Bat Out Of Hell" and "Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell", sung by Meat Loaf, are some of the greatest classic albums, followed by hits "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and "Holding Out For A Hero", immortalized by Bonnie Tyler, and "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" with Celine Dion. Jim's work is so vivid and brilliantly suitable to equally thrilling matters as a vengeful crusader, a clown prince of crime and pop culture's feline goddess.
Unfortunately, the Broadway premiere of "Dance Of The Vampires", starring Michael Crawford, ended on a lesser note. It is, to date, the most expensive failure in Broadway history. Subsequent to these events, Warner Bros. canceled "Batman" and began work on "Lestat", a new musical by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
"Lestat" premiered at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco, 2005. It was to be Warner Bros. dazzling foray into theatre (an honour intended for BATMAN). Unfortunately, critics didn't see eye-to-eye. Following harsh out-of-town reviews, the Broadway engagement folded faster than "Vampires". As Penguin would say, "Tragic irony or poetic justice?"
Composer Jim Steinman continues to write, although financially he probably doesn't need to, working on his latest "Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical" bound for London 2010. This show is predicted to be a blazing spectacular featuring startling special effects that have never been witnessed in a conventional musical. Recently, Steinman (famously) shared many of the BATMAN demos with his fans. Almost instantly, the media imagined BATMAN was still happening. This is not the case (as far as we know).
Of the numbers that are presented; "Gotham City / The Graveyard Shift", "In The Land Of The Pig, The Butcher Is King", "Not Allowed To Love", "Wonderful Toys", "I Need All The Love I Can Get" and "We're Still The Children We Once Were", it remains to be seen whether THE MUSICAL will be produced.