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Bat Out of Hell - The Musical

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing

About the show

"Bat Out of Hell" brings to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, in a production that combines the magic of a musical, with the immense energy of rock 'n' roll. More…

Join Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang ‘The Lost’, as he falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian. Featuring Meat Loaf’s iconic hits including "I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)," "It’s All Coming Back To Me Now," and "Paradise By The Dashboard Light."


Member Reviews (262)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing
72
Avg Score

74
Fun, Fluffy, Great singing, Great music

See it if You like Meatloaf's music well sung. You are up for lighthearted fun.

Don't see it if The plot concept is eye-rollingly silly. But the music and talent make up for it. Especially Lena Hall who practically steals the show.

74
Great music, Great singing, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You are a fan of the music. The music and the singing were amazing, especially Lena Hall.

Don't see it if You dislike the music. Also, many scenes and songs seemed to go on for too long. The show could definitely benefit from some editing.

10
Horrible, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if Left after 3 songs. Really disliked. Amateur. Flat. Middle schoolish. The critics agree.

Don't see it if Don’t waste your time.

75
Quirky, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Great singing and staging. The music of meatloaf is a fun show with a weak storym

Don't see it if If you want a play or a musical with a better plotline to it. Plot is weak at best.

40
Confusing, Unnecessary, Ridiculous, Insipid, Great singing

See it if you're nostalgic for Steinman's catchy, bombastic, epic songs & want to hear them well-sung by a hell-bent, indefatigable, beleaguered cast.

Don't see it if a deafening, gyrating, bloated, fustian, dystopian, Peter Pan-meets-Rocky Horror-meets-Mad Max rock-n-roll melodrama does not appeal to you.

Also You'll go for the classic soundtrack, of course. But what you'll get i... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Raunchy, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Powerful singing from OUR TIME. Innovative staging.Meatloaf is real again Great idea to keep some of the UK talent too..

Don't see it if Not sure if the videos work. Divided opinion in our group. Rock n Roll has to be in your head City Center is huge..

Also The six leads alone can carry a production. ... Read more Read less

74
Slow, Indulgent, Edgy, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if Raucous, over-the-top evening fueled by energetic ensemble, imaginative visuals & a Steinman/Meatloaf score Evening's stars are Dean & Hall

Don't see it if A hot mess of a show Book (of sorts) references Shakespeare, Peter Pan, Greek mythology & a dystopian teenage wasteland 2nd act too lengthy

63
Insipid, Dizzying, Intense, Banal, Great singing

See it if You’d love a dystopian acid trip of a musical that doesn’t make much sense, but which is a campy spectacle.

Don't see it if You loathed Dance of the Vampires.

63
Disappointing, Great singing, Cliched, Weak plot, Dramatic staging

See it if you love Meat Loaf's music. There's a lot great singing and interesting use of the huge City Center stage.

Don't see it if you are interested in a realistic story with a logical plot line. The dialog is stilted and the characters tend toward stock cliches.

75
Great staging, Too long, Great singing, Funny

See it if like the songs from the album. The singing and dancing is very good. Enjoyable show.

Don't see it if If you want serious show. Long show close to three hours.

Also The album "Bat Out Of Hell" has alot of great music but for the show t... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Love high energy musicals with superb cast and great singing. Not one weak link in the cast.

Don't see it if You prefer documentary theater instead.

83
For meat loaf lovers, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a Meat Loaf fan who loves loud rock music sung by incredible actors, including the incomparable Lena Hall. Plot is pointless.

Don't see it if You never heard of Meat Loaf, want a coherent plot, a tightly edited musical, comforting melodies, and non-raunchy behavior.

Also Much more fun when surrounded by Meat Loaf fans who don’t care about t... Read more Read less

72
Dated, Ambitious, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You’re a Meatloaf fan. Visually Interesting from grand tier seats

Don't see it if You’re looking for a great story. If you’re not a fan of the music this probably isn’t for you.

69
Good music. story eh.

See it if You like Jim Steinmen's music.

Don't see it if You don't like Jim Steinmen's music.

65
Easy to understand

See it if Want a simple and easy to follow plot

Don't see it if You don’t like the music of meatloaf

Also I always start by saying don’t ever trust me on musicals! The only tim... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You like rock music and enjoy unusual story lines based on family values.

Don't see it if You are not into tock and roll or prefer traditional storylines.

72
Hot mess, Fitfully amusing, Great singing, High energy (& decibels), Chaotic

See it if a fan of Jim Steinman's music &/or Meat Loaf, performed by a cast of terrific singers. Some funny moments.

Don't see it if you want a story that makes sense; music that is not deafening; subtlety; better staging & choreography.

Also In spite of the negatives, I was entertained. I particularly enjoyed B... Read more Read less

40
Childish, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like loud and over the top rock music with glaring light show effects then this is for you,

Don't see it if you have any respect and love for the American musical stay away. The audience was laughing in all the wrong places. Just a mess.

84
Pointless narrative, Fun, Rocking, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to enjoy an evening of well-sung pop/rock hits from a talented cast.

Don't see it if you need a compelling or at least coherent protagonist/storyline. In the lead, Andrew Polec does the most w/the least comprehensible role.

Also The plot is nonsensical, but no one’s here for the plot. It’s sll abou... Read more Read less

94
Epic, Not to be missed, Masterful, Great singing, Fabulous

See it if You enjoy great music with amazing effects and incredibly talented cast. Story was weird but with music like this who cares?

Don't see it if You hate rock music.

80
Semi-raunchy, Darkly-twisted humor, Disjointed and messy writing, Great music/singing, Energetic

See it if you want to see a different type of jukebox musical that's a bit more imaginative, strange, & edgy than the typical fare, though imperfect.

Don't see it if uncomfortable / offended by some sexuality--in good fun here, mostly; you dislike the use of video screens ; not a fan of Meat Loaf’s music.

Also A post-apocalyptic setting offers C.H.U.D.-like vibes, with 1970s-‘90s... Read more Read less

77
Rock concert, A mix of styles, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Meatloaf or rock music of the 80's. It felt like we were at a rock concert a lot of the time. Good choreography.

Don't see it if You want a "theatre" production. This is a rock concert with dialogue. It's all over the place.

65
Slow, Insipid, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of Meat Loaf and enjoy his songs. The singing is very good and the performances are entertaining but absolutely no plot.

Don't see it if You want a show that has some direction and makes sense.

Also Even though the show was slow and confusing, the singing and dancing w... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Banal, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if enjoy Meatloaf music in a loud over-the-top show. love 80s music.

Don't see it if need a better/coherent story line, need better staging and choreography. not into big hair and cheesy then skip this.

10
D r e a d f u l

See it if You are satisfied with totally boring, ridiculous, book, another Mad Max wanna be. If you arfe happy hearing songs you know and love ruined

Don't see it if You love, like, care at all about the original music, still remember Meatloaf's voice. Saw it Friday night, the mezzanine was 25% occupied!


August 8th, 2019
"In ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Paradise by the LED Light: A post-apocalyptic Peter Pan story with book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman is a masterpiece of overstatement. But try not to sing along."
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August 8th, 2019
★★ "'If you don't go over the top, how are you going to see what's on the other side?' So says a character in Jim Steinman's ludicrous new musical...This postapocalyptic rock & roll parable throws off its helmet, revs its engines and rides full-throttle straight off a cliff.'"
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August 8th, 2019
"Jim Steinman's show based on his mega-selling albums with Meat Loaf finally arrives in New York City after its national tour was abruptly cancelled."
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August 8th, 2019
"Composer Jim Steinman turns his platinum-plated albums for Meat Loaf into a torrid tale of gangly gang romance, immortality and baffling choreography."
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