There's always gonna be some light

This post chronicles my trip to England in February 2017. The main purpose of my trip was to attend the opening of Jim Steinman's Bat out of Hell musical, although as you'll see I had a few other adventures as well.

All photos by Ben Miller unless otherwise noted.

I took an overnight flight from home (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) and landed at London's Heathrow Airport around 7:00AM local time on Thursday, February 16. After going through customs and passport control, I boarded the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, where I bought an all-day London Underground pass. My first ride on the Tube was on the Bakerloo line to Baker Street, where I found the Sherlock Holmes Museum fittingly at address 221B.

I then checked into my hotel, the Ibis at Euston Station, to drop off my luggage and then ventured on to the British Library around the corner. My favorite part was the Treasure Room, which houses original manuscripts ranging from Michelangelo and da Vinci to Mozart and Bee…

We're on the edge of forever

I don't want to let another minute get by
They're slipping through our fingers, but we're ready to fly
The night'll be our cover and we'll huddle below
We got the music in our bodies and the radio  -Jim Steinman, "Faster Than the Speed of Night"

On November 21st 2015, I experienced a fantastic performance of Jim Steinman songs entitled Paradise Found: The Lost Songs of Jim Steinman directed by Pat Cerasaro at 54 Below in New York City. I had previously been to the same venue for Total Eclipse: The Music of Jim Steinman, also directed by Pat in May; you can read my blog about that show here.

I arrived in New York around 5:00 that evening and met up with my parents. We took a side trip to the World Trade Center observatory. Being 100 floors up is quite a thrilling feeling, to be up so high that even skyscrapers like the Empire State Building look small.

After returning to the ground, we adjourned to the Three Monkeys bar to meet up with fellow Jim Steinman fan…

Forever's gonna start tonight

On May 5th 2015, I had the great fortune to attend a show at 54 Below in New York City called Total Eclipse: The Music of Jim Steinman, directed by Pat Cerasaro, with a setlist picked out by Jim himself. A few days before the show, Pat asked me to "PLEASE consider doing a blog" about it. Well... I'm happy to oblige!

Before the show started I had the opportunity to interact with many Steinmaniacs including Jim's college friend and Dream Engine co-star Barry Keating, Jim's webmaster Jacqueline Dillon, and Jim's long-time co-producer Steven Rinkoff -- all of whom I'd previously met at Jim's commencement speech at Amherst College in 2013. Barry signed my copy of the program from his musical Starmites and informed me that he and Pat would be putting on a new Starmites show at 54 Below in July. Jacqueline told me how much she loved the photo I'd recently dug up of Jim as a student in college.

I was also excited to meet Kim Friedman. You may know her as t…