Danielle Steers has blown the West End away with her jaw-dropping vocals, sass and raw stage presence. Originating the role of Zahara, Danielle oozes with commanding confidence both on and off the stage.
Set in a dystopian world, Bat Out Of Hell is a production that takes musical theatre to new heights. Playing the role of Zahara, Danielle describes her as being “stuck between two worlds.” She said: “Zahara is part of the lost gang but also works for the bad guys as their household nurse. She is caught in the middle, and is the glue that holds everything together. She is sassy, feisty, ballsy and a really powerful woman.”
With lots of conversation at the moment about female roles and how women are portrayed on stage, Zahara is an excellent example of an incredible female part. “I think it is so important to have these kinds of roles on stage,” Danielle said. “You’ve got Sharon Sexton who plays Sloane, who is so strong-willed, and also Raven who in many ways is the same. You don’t see many powerful women on stage, so I feel really honoured to be playing this role. I get so many messages saying how inspirational it is and the feedback has been amazing.”
After opening the show in Manchester, bringing it to the London Coliseum, Toronto and now continuing the role back in West End at the Dominion Theatre, Danielle explained that she is always trying to evolve the character to keep it fresh. “I play opposite Jagwire and this is my third one, as all the actors playing the role do it a little differently, it enables me to play around with different things,” Danielle explained.
Bat Out Of Hell has quite the following and Danielle expressed how excited she is to be bringing the production back to London. “In our first preview we had all the Bat fans come back, who were waiting for it since we finished in London, so our first preview was just epic,” she said. “I’ve never done a show that has had this kind of following. It is pretty mental and there are so many fan groups and pages, but they’re so lovely and so supportive.”
“If I could give any other role in the show a go I’d definitely choose Falco, I think a female Falco would be so badass.”
Auditioning for the role back in 2016, Danielle had no idea what to expect from this brand new production. “When I got called up to say I got the role, I was over the moon. To originate a part has always been a dream for me,” she explained. “It was also my first actual role as I was a cover before. To be in the rehearsal room creating all these characters for the first time is amazing and it’s been such a whirlwind.”
Now known for her stellar voice, Danielle gets to sing some killer anthems. Asking what her favourite is to sing, she said: “Definitely Two Out Of Three, as you get to tell that story. It is a gorgeous song anyway but being able to tell the story through the song every night, I just love it.”
Bat Out Of Hell has blown people away with how different and exciting it is as a production. Paving the way for a new generation of musical theatre, it proves that there is an appetite for revolutionary productions. “I think there was a need for this, especially with We Will Rock You leaving us a few years ago there is nothing quite like this in the West End,” Danielle explained. “It has everything in it, it has the love, the spectacle of the show, the voices, the acting and the choreography. There are some amazing shows in the West End but absolutely nothing like Bat Out Of Hell.
“You laugh, you cry, you fall in love, you fall out of love, you literally get all the feels during the show and you’ll leave singing all the songs.”