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
Avg Score

75
Confusing, Great singing

See it if you love Meatloaf. The music was great and the singing was just terrific.

Don't see it if you like a story that makes sense. The dystopian-future mutation frozen-teenager Romeo/Juliet plot was confusing and rather silly

Also Overall, my show score is a solid C. 75/100. The music was great and t... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if The Singing, acting and dancing was great

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like Meatloaf

7
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

95
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to have fun at the theatre.

Don't see it if you want something serious.

77
Entertaining, Intense, Edgy, Epic

See it if You're a fan of Meatloaf. You're a fan of unconventional shows. You like big rock productions. You don't mind a bit of over the top cheese.

Don't see it if You're looking for something traditional . You don't like epic rock productions. You are looking for something serious.

92
Quirky, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you are a Meat Loaf fan, this is a most see.

Don't see it if If you hate Meat Loaf or hard rock music.

79
Multimedia clever set design, High-energy, Evocative, Thundering

See it if you want to be immersed in Meatloaf music and energy, to see a stage interpretation of some of your favorite lyrics.

Don't see it if you seek perfect re-creation of studio recorded music. Lead singers are strong but chorus responses lack precision.

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

82
Great singing

See it if Powerful love ballads - great singing - loved the Paradise By The Dashboard Light scene

Don't see it if Horrible acting - Horrible premise

100
Delightful, Hilarious, Great singing, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You love Jim Steinman's music (as made famous by Meatloaf) and love campiness like Rocky Horror

Don't see it if You're looking for a thought provoking plot or story line

90
Good use of video, Great sets., Refreshing, Great staging, Clever

See it if You are of a certain age and LOVED Meatloaf's music. You like rock n' roll.

Don't see it if You are opposed to LOUD music. You need crystal clear story line. You didn't like Meatloaf's greatest hits

75
Epic, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Meat Loaf and his songs, plus you enjoy dance numbers.

Don't see it if You aren’t familiar with Meat Loaf and his album. Also if you are sensitive to flashing lights.

90
Dizzying, Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You loved the Meatloaf albumn as a kid. Here's your chance to learn the story behind the epic songs. Be prepared to be Blown away and rocked

Don't see it if You don't like frenetic lights, gyrating dancers and high energy performances! The show is a whirlwind of action, a bit of fantasy & dark.

96
Riveting, Must see, Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love music and love the sound of Mestloaf!!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of music!!

90
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Very energetic show. The cast gives 110% Great singing. Nice rendition of classic rock songs from a mostly young cast.

Don't see it if You don't like classic rock and some violence.

90
Delightful, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Fans of Meatloaf will love this show. Paradise by the Dashboard Light was especially good. Musical performances are powerful. It is loud!

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

100
Delightful, Edgy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Jim Steinman's songs, most famously performed by Meatloaf, you are gonna enjoy this ride of a show.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate the campy, over the top, and very loud sound of rock n roll.

Also I loved every moment of this show. I went to opening night in NY and W... Read more Read less

100
Hilarious, Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see what is basically the world's longest 1980s music video, pure hilarity played straight, with epic songs & fantastic singers.

Don't see it if You need likeable characters, a plot that's explained, or if you feel like laughing at something because it's mad is a problem with a show.

85
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if The performances were amazing and worth seeing, the set is gorgeous, the time flies, and for what it is- a jukebox musical- it is splendid!

Don't see it if If you expect more than what it is or don't like Meatloaf

Also Not sure what the negative reviewers were expecting, but I was pleasan... Read more Read less

During previews
20
Entertaining, Campy, Laughable, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You like to see shows that are so bad they’re good. (Think “Mommie Dearest”.) Some clever staging, moments of great singing and very sexy.

Don't see it if Unless you can laugh at this campy dystopian millennial hot mess and just have a good time.

Also This show was AWFUL...but I loved it. It was so much fun to look at bu... Read more Read less

During previews
86
A lot of fun, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Meat Loaf & his music, enjoy loud rock music & energetic singing, you like brash production values & constant movement

Don't see it if you don't like loud rock music, simplistic plots, screeching singing, these anthems from the 80's, bright chaotic lighting, basic dances

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
79
Caffeinated, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Nerve-jangling caffeinated Jim Steinman rock 'n' roll concert where fantasy is just a high note away. Choreography adds to the "experience."

Don't see it if Mind the bombast! Every overwrought, heightened song is delivered as if time were running out to be rescued from the edge of the precipice.

Also Just wanted to get the hell outta there."(But I Won't Do That)."

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
70
Slow, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like Meatloaf songs and amazing special effects and you’re ok with a so so Story

Don't see it if If you like musicals with tight story telling and structure. The 2nd act needs some work.


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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