Ends Sep 08 | Midtown W

Bat Out of Hell - The Musical

From 140 member reviews
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 (140)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing

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
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.

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?

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.

69
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 acted out.

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

69
It's great that lena hall was in the cast, but leaves u wanting more lena!!, Great singing, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Better dig out those old Meatloaf LP's cause the acoustics in City Center diminishes the heavy metal vocals. Game cast pours out the energy!

Don't see it if Don't see if U dislike inept direction, poor choreography, & a set design that requires a Video screen to make sure the audience can see??

Also Yes folks, the songs you loved as teen (if you're old enuf) are brough... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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

65
Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You like the music of Meatball

Don't see it if You want to see a show that makes sense

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).

59
Indulgent, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You don’t care if there’s a plot, you just like the music.

Don't see it if Don’t waste your time or money. Terrible story, bad choreography, pointless.

65
Too long, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love the music of Meat Loaf and don't mind a musical that's about 4 songs longer than it should be.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Meat Loaf. I like ML, and this show gave me an appreciation for songs I didn't know, but these songs went on forever.

Also This show should be at least a half hour shorter, with certain - if no... Read more Read less

During previews
56
Very lame plot, Great staging, Great singing

See it if if you like the songs of Meat Loaf. The songs are very well sung and there are some very good duets. Staging and lighting are exciting.

Don't see it if you want a musical with a decent plot. The very lame story supports the songs but that's it.

Also There were many young people in the audience and they seemed to like t... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Loud and flashy but boring, Makes rock ‘n roll dated and cheesy, Nostalgic, Great singing

See it if you’re in on the joke, know all the lyrics, & can sing along. It’s gratifying if you’re a diehard fan. You’re pumped.

Don't see it if This really doesn’t work if it’s your first time hearing most of the songs. The few I knew were saved for the 2nd half, but I didn’t stay.

Also I left at intermission because I was hungry. I had almost no emotional... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You love music by Jim Steinman, want to see a wild and crazy show that is more of a showcase for the songs than a traditional musical.

Don't see it if You need a show with a believable plot, or are more interested in content than spectacle.

Also So just saw Bat Out of Hell last night...wow....that was....interestin... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Cliché romeo and juliet story, Good singing, Loud, Energetic

See it if you like Meat Loaf songs. Better if you already know the lyrics.

Don't see it if you have a problem with loudness. Or if you want a story with some depth.

During previews
56
Weak plot, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you know and love the music. There are stunning vocal performances, but no coherent plot. The empty seats after intermission told the story.

Don't see it if plot, staging, and acting are important to you. This show is a rock concert, not more. The dancing is athletic but adds little to the tale..

Also The many Meat Loaf fans in the audience had a great time, and this sho... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You love the songs of Jim Steinman and/or Meat Loaf and hearing great singers perform them. You can tolerate a weak, confusing plot.

Don't see it if You are looking for character development, dramatic tension or a plot that makes sense.

During previews
69
Odd, Banal, Raunchy, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like Jim Steinman's bombastic style of music. All his hits are represented. Brilliant performances from Dean, Hall & Bennington.

Don't see it if Odd story of NY future life after some level of destruction. Lower class stops aging at 18 while the protected people survive in High Rises.

Also The set was impressive in the leveled NY look. The use of video camera... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Great staging, Quirky, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if If you like weird storylines and love Meatloaf you will enjoy it

Don't see it if You don't like Meatloaf music

During previews
68
Quirky, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy meatloaf/rock & roll music. Play was filled with strong vocals that were spot on.

Don't see it if If you're expecting a typical love story.

During previews
69
Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if If you want to hear great music

Don't see it if If you want to see great theater.

Also The vocalists were all incredible, however the story line was really u... Read more Read less


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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