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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)


Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

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

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.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if and only if you enjoy having LOUD, QUIRKY, and WEIRD theatrics bombarding you for two and a half hours. If so, this is the show for you!!!!!

Don't see it if you never heard of any of Meatloaf or any of his music, not a fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and don't enjoy loud rock music.

Also I was TOTALLY curious to see this show, but it turned out NOT to be my... Read more Read less

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!

Great singing, Epic, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a Meatloaf/Jim Steinman fan and want to see their music performed in all its glory.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cohesive piece of theatre with any amount of craft.

Also "Young people aren't helpless. They've got the youth and youth is powe... Read more Read less

Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You love Meatloaf’s and/or don’t care about a coherent or good plot.

Don't see it if You are looking for the spectacle seen in London or if you want something remotely meaningful.

Dizzying, Disappointing, Banal, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you want to hear some Meat Loaf songs that, for the most part, are fairly well sung.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a coherent plot, subtlety, or nuance. This is a loud mess.

Boring, Great singing, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Go if you must see every show that Lena Hall is in or you are a humongous Jim Steinman fan.

Don't see it if I was praying for the end of the show to hurry up and arrive. I was hoping for campy, nostalgic, and fun but it was just 3 out of 3 BAD.

Quaint, Impassioned, Awkward, Expensive, Immature

See it if you're deliberating about the Atkins Diet. A number of men in the show make a persuasive case for no carbs during shirtless musical numbers.

Don't see it if you can't reconcile vogue-ing with Meat Loaf; you're under 45; you're over 65; the book is an important part of a jukebox musical.

Also Memorable line: "I even miss the orphanage."

A jukebox celebration of meat loaf that is getting around to finishing the book any day now

See it if your love of Meat Loaf outweighs coherent storytelling and narrative sense.

Don't see it if you want to walk out of this show understanding what happened and why.

Also Admittedly, I am not a big fan of jukebox musicals, but I had hopes fo... Read more Read less

Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love the music of Jim Steinman, want to hear killer vocalists absolutely slay (Lena Hall!), and are ready for a wild hot mess of a ride.

Don't see it if you are looking for a great book. I literally had to pull up a plot summary on Wikipedia after because nothing made sense.

Raunchy, Indulgent, Edgy, Excruciating, Dizzying

See it if You love Meatloaf.

Don't see it if You don't love Meatloaf and don't love extremely loud and overly lit shows.

Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if A little PeterPan, a little Grease, a little Les Miz, a little West Side Story. This is not meant as a compliment.

Don't see it if Don't blame the actors for this one. It will make your eardrums pop (also not a compliment). Lena Hall is channeling Kathy Griffin, but

Also she manages to keep her head above water. Lots of empty seats, and eve... Read more Read less

Boring, Loud, Raunchy, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you can handle loud productions (but ear plugs are still highly recommended), Meat Loaf fan, Lena Hall fan.

Don't see it if You're looking for intelligent theater. You don't care for raw/amateur productions. Tend to avoid overly loud musicals with poor audio.

Ridiculous, Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are a HUGE fan of Meatloaf's music. But you MUST really love his music, because the use of his material is absolutely horrid.

Don't see it if you have a life. This is the worst show of the year in NYC. Even with a multi-million dollar production budget, it's a waste of space.

Confusing, Raunchy, Great singing, Excruciating

See it if You're obsessed with Meatloaf

Don't see it if I left at intermission because it was not my cup of tea. Insane plot.

Banal, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Not sure. The set was interesting for a technical point of view.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that have a confusing ridiculous story, extremely exaggerated singing and staging. Not enjoyable at all.

Overrated, Slow, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if U just want to hear classic Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman music

Don't see it if U expect good staging, a sensible plot, or want to emerge with your eardrums intact.

Also Why didn't Steinman just envision this as a concert instead of this me... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if If you are Meatloaf fan or loved the album ( those are the only reasons to attend).

Don't see it if you enjoy well written Broadway musicals with understandable plots, appealing scenery and engaging acting.

Also I have NEVER walked out of a Broadway production before it was over un... Read more Read less

Ridiculous, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if you want to hear mediocre versions of good songs with a terrible script, bring ear plugs and have a drink or 5 before

Don't see it if you are expecting something serious. If you want a good laugh and get the joke you might find it entertaining but not how they planned

Cliched, Entertaining, Unimportant, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to herar some of the music of meatloaf

Don't see it if you want to leave after first act

Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if See this if you’re someone who just to hear MeatLoafs music performed very well by a great group of singers and musicians.

Don't see it if Don’t bother to see it if you expect a story that makes any sense, and you have limited patience for slow songs that are done way too long

Slow, Great singing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like Meatloaf and you want to hear great singers see it.

Don't see it if If you like any kind of interesting story that strings the songs together. You know, like a musical is supposed to do. Also, lots of strobes

Also This is the stupidest show I think I've ever seen on this scale. The p... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Quirky, Hilarious, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You like Meat Loaf's music and have time to waste.

Don't see it if want to see a show with any substance. Its a mess.

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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