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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 (270)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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

68
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if A post apocalyptic vision of a Peter Pan themed musical with songs by Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf. The cast performs with high energy.

Don't see it if Loud volume. Sometimes, the lyrics were inaudible as the songs appeared to be sung as if in an echo chamber.

69
Campy, Doesn't know what it wants to be, Some great singing, Too long, A hot mess but fun

See it if you like Meat Loaf and don't mind seeing a story that doesn't make sense. This would have been better as a 90 minute sung through show.

Don't see it if you want to know what you are seeing. Is it an earnest teen dystopian drama? A campy show that winks at the audience? Or just a hot mess?

50
Laughable, Entertaining, Indulgent, Nonsensical gibberish, Great music

See it if The music of Jim Steinman performed by a lot of capable singers. Although the songs are too long and could be done as snippets.

Don't see it if You're expecting a comprehensible story. Read the Wikipedia entry before going in so you have a clue what's going on.

Also I gave this a 50 because the first act was 100 but the second was a 0.... Read more Read less

65
Didn't know jim steinman and meatloaf. sorry we met

See it if If you like loud music and long shows.

Don't see it if You are old and aren't hard of hearing.

51
Quirky, Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you don't mind very loud ear pounding rock music. There were some fun parts, and meTloaf's music is awesome

Don't see it if There was a lot of motor cycles and overly loud music, that took away from the show. I wanted to like it more.

69
Disappointing, Weird, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you love Meat Loaf and great renditions of his music. If you love dystopian zombie teenage angst.

Don't see it if you need creative non-cliche story line. (SPOILER) It's bad rich dad's fault: if that irritates you, avoid.

64
Lightweight, Fun, Silly plot, Poor staging, Great singing

See it if You’re obsessed with Meatloaf’s music and just want to hear some great voices belting it out. The cast is so talented, kind of wasted here

Don't see it if You want a plot, great staging, anything serious, or good choreography. We did have fun though! Get cheap tickets & go for the music

68
Messy, Grandiose, Fun, Great music, Cheesy

See it if you're a big fan of Jim Steinman songs-- like myself! His music has always been bombastic & theatrical so it's fun to see them come to life.

Don't see it if you want a coherent storyline with fleshed out characters. The book, not surprisingly, is a mess. It's a DUMB show, but I still had fun!

Also It's all about the music! Jim Steinman is the true star of this show. ... Read more Read less

65
Quirky, Fluffy, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like Meatloaf and know his catalogue. The cast was so talented!

Don't see it if you want a story that makes sense... I still have so many questions! Or if you don't know a lot of Meatloaf's songs.

65
Nonsensical blend of meatloaf, lost boys, and rocky horror

See it if you like Meatloaf's classics, long song titles, camp performances and strong singing, cast works hard

Don't see it if You expect it to make sense - punk, Rocky Horror, Peter Pan references but the book is nonsensical and tone inconsistent

Also Was shocked that people in the audience were vaping, holding cell phon... Read more Read less

63
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like Meatloaf's music

Don't see it if you like a coherent book and don't like over amplification

68
Banal, Indulgent, Confusing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love Meat Loaf or you want to a musical with amazing singing (Zahara was a stand out!) and high production value.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with Meat Loaf. You prefer a coherent plot that doesn't drag. You're not a fan of loud, abrupt noises.

68
Great songs, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Great singing

See it if You love the songs of Meatloaf well sung well played, high energy performances. Smoke strobes explosions.

Don't see it if You're not familiar w/the albums, like to be engaged by a story and characters. Choreography = aerobics class. Embarassed for all

60
Kinetic, loud, artificial amplification

See it if Lots of action. Good staging. Good choreography.

Don't see it if Too loud to understand during many songs. Over amplification with sound effects made it sound like lip syncing Weak dialogue

Also Uneven production numbers. Some were too loud to understand and enjoy.... Read more Read less

65
Music and dance 90. story 20

See it if You like the music and you can wait patiently in between a weird plot for the next number.

Don't see it if You’re not in the above category.

Also Singing, musicians and dancing were great. The rest was meh.

69
Hot mess, Insipid, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like the Meat Loaf/Steinman classics with a Peter Pan/Mad Max twist. And Lena Hall... Then its a delightful mess.

Don't see it if you want a book. Its a disaster. God help the hard working cast. Oh, and choreography, What was that? Again, pity the cast for it.

Also This show could have used the canceled pre New York tour to rework, ed... Read more Read less

56
Banal, Disappointing

See it if YOu really love Meat Loaf songs but have to deal with a ridiculous story line and not great singing

Don't see it if You don't like loud rock and roll where lots of the lyrics are lost with the music

67
Entertaining, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if you're looking for a show best described as "of course!" It's 1980s dystopian camp incarnate.

Don't see it if you'd like to avoid a GenX fever dream about how bad boomers are that GenX couldn't produce until they became the boomers themselves.

68
Dated, Cliched, Banal, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of this album of Meatloaf, or you are a fan of 1970s rock &roll music and you want to sing along.

Don't see it if you expect there to be a storyline (there is basically not) or some serious acting (there is not either).


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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