Jim Steinman, the lyricist for Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming Broadway musical Whistle Down the Wind, has signed a multi-million dollar contract with PolyGram Music that will enable him to complete two more musicals on which he'll be both composer and lyricist, according to the Business Wire.
Steinman is best known to the public at large from songs he wrote for rocker Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, albums, including "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," plus "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "I'd Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That."
After Whistle Down the Wind, which is scheduled to open on Broadway during the 1996-97 season, Steinman is writing the score for the rock opera Dance of the Vampires, based on the 1960s Roman Polanski movie that starred Sharon Tate, and targeted for an opening in Vienna in September 1997.
Steinman also reportedly had intended Bat Out of Hell as a rock musical, and will go ahead with a further-adventures version titled Bat Out of Hell 2100, which will feature songs from both previous Bat albums, plus 10 original songs composed by him.
Steinman's spokesman, Paul Freundlich, told Playbill On-Line that Whistle Down the Wind is "on track" to open in November 1996. But Webber spokesman Peter Brown said that was overly optimistic, considering the musical goes into rehearsals only in October. No theatre has been announced.