Go "Over the Top" with Steinman hits

     
 

Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and others made the songs famous, but the words are all Jim Steinman's.

The songwriter has crafted some of the most famous pop tunes with hits such as "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," "It's All Coming Back to Me Know," "Bat Out of Hell" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

"Each one is like a mini opera," Broadway star Rob Evan said during a recent phone interview. "The stories are amazing. Whatever you have going on in your life, whether it's with your girlfriend or life partner and the relationship is falling apart, you can look at Jim's lyrics and they somehow apply."

Evan stars in the show "Over the Top: Songs by Jim Steinman." The show comes to the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre for four performances starting at 7:30 tonight. It runs through Sunday.

Steve Rinkoff, who has worked with Steinman for 20 years, produces the show.

"We're not a tribute band," Rinkoff said. "We want to be an entity that performs Jim Steinman's music."

Steinman's tunes have included 11 No. 1 songs and have helped sell more than 100 million albums. The first album he wrote for was Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell," which is the second best selling album of all time.

Evan, who starred in "Jekyll & Hyde" and "Les Miserables," performs Steinman's work with other Broadway actors and actresses such as Elaine Caswell, Jeremy Kushnier and Nicki Richards. They will be presenting new takes on Steinman's classics and premiering a few new songs.

The show had its start at Joe's Pub in New York City. When Rinkoff and Steinman started developing the show, they thought about a grand performance in Radio City Music Hall.

They decided to scale it down to a cabaret show.

"We more than just cover these songs," Evan said. "You can't find many people who can sell these songs. You got to have the pacing. Jim pushes the limits. It's a rollercoaster ride where you're singing as high as you can ... It's amazing when you find people who sell these songs, really emotionally sell them."

 

 

 

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