"James Richard Steinman" (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) (more commonly known as "Jim Steinman") is an American rock and musical theater composer. He is notable for having written most of Meat Loaf's hit songs and hits for many other musical artists. His biggest musical successes are an album ''Bat Out of Hell'' (1977), sung by Meat Loaf, the Billboard number one singles "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" (1983), sung by Bonnie Tyler and "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" (1993) sung by Meat Loaf, and a German musical ''Tanz der Vampire'' (1998).
While he was a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Jim wrote the book, music, and lyrics for ''The Dream Engine'' (1969), a musical about revolution. The story, set in the distant future, is about a young boy named Baal who, along with his rebel fellows, doesn't accept the restraints and limits of their society. Baal is the leader of a group of wild boys called The Tribe, whose mortal enemies are Max and Emily, the parents of the Girl, a young woman with whom Baal has fallen in love. Steinman himself played Baal in the original production, which was staged in the Spring of 1969. Critic...
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