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

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.

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

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
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

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

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.

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

85
Unique, Great singing, Intense, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a loud, crazy rock opera with some absolutely incredible vocal performances! This cast is impressive! The show blew me away!

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear some rock music really loud. This show is very, very loud. Some language and adult humor/situations.

Also I’m kinda obsessed with this show now! Hoping the national tour gets b... Read more Read less

85
Frenetic, Cool staging / projection / lighting effects, Entertaining, Funky choreography & punked-out costuming, Great singing

See it if you have a thing for Meatloaf / love Steinman’s music. You’ll be in raptures with this show.

Don't see it if you can’t take loud sound effects (explosions, gunshots, the music itself), smoke, strobes, confetti-ish stuff flying at you (front orch)

Also With the exception of the storyline, which was dopey, each thing on it... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Raunchy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are drawn to rock concerts, loud music, leather jackets and motorcycles. Though silly and inane, it is entertaining., especially

Don't see it if You hate loud music and muffled lyrics with mediocre acting. Meatloaf songs are the major draw and if you are turned off don’t see it

Also Meatloaf songs that dominate throughout. Great singing and staging.

78
Fun to see/hear music acted out, Good staging, Great singing

See it if you love Meat Loaf songs, love fabulous voices on all the actors, and like surprises during the performance.

Don't see it if you are bothered by loud music, strobe lighting and those who don't always have their clothes on.

70
Campy, Too long, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if You love the songs of Meatloaf and don't care that the story is ridiculous

Don't see it if You don't like meatloaf. Hate loud music. Want something serious

Also I wish I could give this 2 scores. It would be 95 if I just based it o... Read more Read less

70
Juvenile, Great singing, Raunchy, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you love meatloaf's music, like loud and high action, musicals, don't need much in the way of plot or likable characters

Don't see it if you don't like loud overblown musicals with little (and not very clear or compelling) plot

Also could have and should have been better, esp with the talent in the cas... Read more Read less

84
Kinetic, Entertaining, Energetic, Creative, Great singing

See it if you like the songs of Meat Loaf and want to hear them sung with the amazing voices of Lena Hall and cast. The singing makes the show.

Don't see it if you do not like the rock and Meat Loaf and are looking for a conventional musical. This is edgy, energetic, and pure rock and roll.

Also I listened to the soundtrack after the show, and the lyrics made me cl... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing

See it if You live meatloaf music. If you live high energy shows. If you love great singing

Don't see it if You don’t like loud music

80
I cannot tell a lie: a guilty pleasure

See it if you are a Jim Steinman fan. I am not, really. But friends wanted to go and I reluctantly agreed.

Don't see it if you loathe most jukebox musicals, as I do, and have never been a Meat Loaf fan.

Also I was the only one in our group who had a good time. It is loud, rauco... Read more Read less

93
Raunchy, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy amazing singing, great acting and you do not mind cliche plots about falling in love

Don't see it if You don't like strobing lights, sexual content and don't like cliche plots

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like a rousing musical with great songs, dancing and staging.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a rock musical part Peter Pan/ part Romeo and Juliet.

75
Great music, Edgy, Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing

See it if If you live Meatloaf music. The singing and dancing is great.

Don't see it if If you don't like the music or are looking for a bit of a less confusing storyline.

75
Loud, Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You are in the mood for a rock opera, heavy metal, nostalgia, and Meatloaf (the singer, not dinner). If you want a loud, fun theatre night.

Don't see it if You want a meaningful, thoughtful, calm night at the theatre. This is not your father's musical ... Also, the words are often unclean....

80
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Meatloaf music. If you love Lena Hall. If you are up for anything.

Don't see it if You want a straight up traditional broadway show. This is definitely something else.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Jim Steinmen's music, this is a must. The actors sing the hell out of his songbook. You'll enjoy it more as a concert.

Don't see it if you don't like Meatloaf's music. The best thing about the show is the music. The story that ties all the songs together is weak.

80
Entertaining, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if must see if you like rock of ages or Jim Steinman

Don't see it if Steinman is an acquired taste - if not familiar do not go -


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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