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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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

86
Exciting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Bat Out Of Hell with a story to boot;critics are wrong,the book is there and compliments the music well.Incredible talent and fantastic set.

Don't see it if Loud and brash. It’s Meatloaf!

86
Dizzying, Epic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love Meatloaf and want to hear his best hits on stage. The performances are fantastic all around and the show is very entertaining.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical. It is more concert than musical and the book is very weak and sometimes doesn't make sense.

76
Epic, Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Fans of the peerless lead cast and Jim Steinman will not be disappointed with the belted classic songs; many moments of tenderness as well

Don't see it if Will need to abandon any hope of a coherent plot and countless WTF moments from start to finish

76
Indulgent, Great singing, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like loud, elaborate, flashy shows and can excuse a book that makes little sense. Several songs were well sung. Actors were energetic.

Don't see it if You have sensitive ears; I actually put in earplugs. It is raucous and weird and silly and melodramatic. And loud. Did I mention loud?

74
Peter pan meets romeo and juliet at the rocky horror picture show

See it if You like the songs.of Meatloaf, that is to say composer Jim Steinman, well sung.

Don't see it if You don't like: long operatic songs of teen-aged angst, silly futuristic plots that make little sense and rock concert choreography..

Also Went into this as an innocent to the slaughter. Most everything about ... Read more Read less

83
Overrated, Indulgent, Confusing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see remarkable singing. Everyone in the cast worked so hard in singing these rock tunes. They all were just great!

Don't see it if If you don't like Jim Steinman's or Meatloaf's music. The plot and play structure was very poorly done - not really interesting at all.

73
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Meatloaf and/or his music, or like fun quirky musical.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Meatloaf or his music.

70
Entertaining

See it if this show is fast and energetic in a wild,unpredictable way. The music is exhilarating,but the story is illogical and absurd.

Don't see it if you are expecting a masterpiece.It is not.

70
Loud, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if Really like the songs and don’t mind excessively loud singing, stupid story, surprisingly weak dancing and repetitive special effects

Don't see it if Would like to understand the words, continuous loud noise bothers you. Some of the leads deserve better.

70
Intense, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You love the songs - they ARE great. If you HAVE to see how they worked all that music into a musical. You love Lena Hall/Bradley Dean.

Don't see it if You want a story that makes any sense [it doesn't]. It's a little bit Peter Pan, a little bit Rocky Horror, a little bit Star Trek.

Also The BEST scenes are Lena Hall and Bradley Dean - they are truly fabulo... 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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