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SHOWSTOPPERBat Out of Rochester
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ALL REVVED UP: Andrew Polec ’12 is earning rave reviews as the lead of Bat Out of Hell, a musical production based on the songs from Meat Loaf’s late-1970s album. The only American in the British production, Polec plays Strat, the leader of a gang trying to survive in a post- apocalyptic world. (Christina Bennington plays Raven, his motorcycle- driving love interest.) The Times of London said Polec “plays Strat with such energy that he is like a bat out of hell,” going on to note that “he is sensational, exuding confidence.” Polec made a similar impression on faculty and classmates at Rochester, where he had regular starring roles in campus productions as a student in the Department of Music and the Department of English. After opening in Great Britain, Bat Out of Hell moves to Toronto this fall with sights on Broadway next spring.