Bat Out of Hell - The Musical
Bat Out of Hell - The Musical
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Bat Out of Hell - The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(271 Reviews)
Positive
69%
Mixed
20%
Negative
11%
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.

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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.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Variety
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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The Observer
August 12th, 2019

"'Is Bat Out of Hell fun?' Yes!-surprisingly often. Due to fearless and big-lunged performances by four talented leads. 'Is Bat Out of Hell' boring? Yes!-whenever the actors stop amassing vocal nodes and deliver Steinman's leaden book scenes, your heart sinks."
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Chicago Tribune
August 8th, 2019

"Meat Loaf-inspired musical ‘Bat Out of Hell’ arrives off-Broadway, and far from paradise."
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New York Post
August 8th, 2019

★★ "‘Bat Out of Hell: The Musical’ pummels the senses."
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AM New York
August 8th, 2019

2.5./4 stars. " Over-the-top Meat Loaf musical bewilders, in a good way"
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Theatermania
August 8th, 2019

"'Bat Out Of Hell' Is This Summer's Craziest Musical: Jim Steinman's dystopian rock musical finally makes it to New York."
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BroadwayWorld
August 10th, 2019

"Lena Hall and Bradley Dean Devour The Stage in Jim Steinman's Wildly Oddball 'BAT OUT OF HELL.' It's the old 'former cool rocker kid who is now a middle-aged sellout to capitalism vs. misunderstood, idealistic youth' routine."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 9th, 2019

"Are the fans of Jim Steinman's power ballads so eager to hear them performed live that they will tolerate the turgid storyline that showcases them here?... I began having visions of myself, twenty years hence, sitting in a New York theatre, seeing '7 Rings: The Selena Gomez Musical.' Don't think it can't happen."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 9th, 2019

"'Bat Out of Hell'...goes back and forth between the sublime and the ridiculous so often it will make your head spin. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of Jim Steinman's songs that are associated with performer Meat Loaf and the forty-year-old album...get ye hence."
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New York Stage Review
August 8th, 2019

★★ "'Driving Through the Jim Steinman Songbook.' Too bad the show looks cheesier than the state of Wisconsin"
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New York Stage Review
August 8th, 2019

★★ "'All Revved Up, Going Nowhere.' A bloated musical adaptation of the Meat Loaf opus wastes the album's charms, and the talents of cast members"
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Theater News Online
August 10th, 2019

"This head-scratcher of a rock spectacle quickly wears out its welcome."
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Theatre is Easy
August 17th, 2019

"'Bat Out Of Hell's' aggressive incoherence comes not from its paint-by-numbers forbidden love story, but from its shoehorned songbook…but there is Jay Scheib's boisterous staging-all confetti, explosions, live video feeds from around Jon Bausor's tiered set, and speed-chase projections."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 9th, 2019

"You can't deny the fabulous voices (Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington, Lena Hall, Bradley Dean) and wild creative projection choices but this musical is overwrought in decibel level...'Making Love Out of Nothing At All.'"
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CurtainUp
August 8th, 2019

"A rowdy reminder of the glories of 1970s rock. Best known for the Bonnie Tyler hit 'Total Eclipse of the Heart,' Steinman is adept at weaving memorable melodies (sometimes alluring, sometimes insidious) into the clatter and cacophony of hard or semi-hard rock...this is a rock concert for rock lovers repelled by rock concerts."
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Front Row Center
August 11th, 2019

89% "Just when you thought that the sanitary jukebox musical had supplanted the messy rock opera, along comes 'Bat Out of Hell' to set things right."
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 20th, 2019

"This rocking new musical roars its engines wildly, fueled solely by a superb vocal force...but the mess that surrounds it stalls the ride too often, making the motorcycle skid and slide, even with all that musical talent trying with all their heart and soul to keep the Bat journey on track."
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New York Theater
August 8th, 2019

"The performers are talented, charismatic…and, let's be frank, rock star sexy. They go a long way towards helping us get through all that is clunky and cheesy about the show, especially a confusing plot jerry-rigged out of a mix of B-movie genres."
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C
August 8th, 2019

"Indeed, I grew up on this music and was even hoping this show would yield enough pleasure that I might consider a second viewing. While I would do (almost) anything for a chance to revel in my own nostalgia and for my love of Steinman's classic catalogue, I won't do that."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 24th, 2019

"The muddy plot is further muddied by forcing the songs…to somehow fit the narrative, or vice versa…'Bat Out of Hell' clicks only when its famous songs take over from the pulpy book. To get to them, you have to endure the phony, bland, and unconvincing nonmusical material."
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