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

During previews
84
Quirky, Intense, Indulgent, Great singing, Epic

See it if you like the songs made famous by Meat Loaf. The over-the-top treatment of them in this show make for some unforgettable, powerful moments.

Don't see it if you don't like Meat Loaf, rock music, or want a coherent and plausible storyline. Plot-wise, this is more of a jukebox musical.

Also Lena Hall and the woman who sings "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" both ar... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Ambitious, Epic, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Meatloaf and the Bat out of hell album. The staging and singing were great. The show is a futuristic Peter Pan! More Below:

Don't see it if not a fan of the album. The story and lyrics could be confusing. The show is also very long so not for everyone. Read below for more.

Also Growing up with this album I was really looking forward to seeing the ... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Masterful, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You love the album and the songs. I knew more of the songs than I thought.

Don't see it if Make no mistake, this show is LOUD. If you are not at least familiar with the album, you probably won't like the show.

Also The performers were intense. Lena Hall as Raven's mother was amazing. ... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to live again Meat Loaf's best songs.

Don't see it if you don't like Meatloaf don't even think about it.

Also The best actors and singers were the mother, the father and the girl o... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Hell yes

See it if Hanker for good music and nostalgia overkill.

Don't see it if Surrounded by geezers going down memory lane. Do not sit above row B mezzanine or attention wanes.

Also This is neither a memorable musical nor a flop. It fills the need for ... 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
15
Intense, Hilarious, Insipid, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You love Meat Loaf and want to hear his songs live badly enough to sit through this dreadful excuse for a musical.

Don't see it if You value coherence or character development. You don’t want cliches shouted in your face for 2.5 hours. It’s laughably bad but also so LONG

During previews
92
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You enjoy Meatloaf's music with a great story about an underworld where you remain 18 foreverDancing, cast super Staging stupendous

Don't see it if If you don't like Meatloaf or netherworld stories

Also The orchestra, choreography, staging & special effects are riveting. F... 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
72
Indulgent, Great singing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see what would happen if Hadestown and Peter Pan had a baby while on meth

Don't see it if you are there for anything other than the music...the plot is trite, the dialogue laughable

During previews
25
Banal, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you know and love all the music and wouldn't mind paying for a ticket just to hear things with your eyes closed

Don't see it if you care at all about plot or presentation. some of the worst choreography I've ever seen and nothing made sense.

Also I LOVE We Will Rock You, so this isn't just about me wanting 'good the... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great staging, Great acting, Loud, Meatloaf's music, High-octane performances

See it if you're a Meatloaf fan; you enjoy "first love" stories about characters from different sides of the track; loud music is your thing

Don't see it if you hate Meatloaf's music; you're dead-set against the jukebox musical; you want a plot about characters who really should be together

Also Meatloaf meets "Tuck Everlasting" (i.e., where "Lost" characters don't... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Meat loaf!, Rock and roll!, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love Rock and Roll. Well sung and acted and solid staging. If you love Meat Loaf, run like a bat out of hell to see this.

Don't see it if You don’t like Meat Loaf or musicals

During previews
78
Confusing, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love Meat Loaf music and great singing. Lena Hall and all the actors are amazing singers!

Don't see it if You want to see a good story with a strong story line. The story is very odd and nonsensical at times.

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
81
Delightful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you enjoy the music of Jim Steinman cleverly made into a wonderful musical.

Don't see it if you are bothered by musicals where the singing is loud at times which distorts the words.

During previews
79
Great staging, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a fan of Meatloaf and the songs of Jim Steinman.

Don't see it if you do not like loud music - it was a bit overwhelming at times and some of the lyrics were distorted.

During previews
93
Entertaining, Epic, Great singing

See it if you like rock musicals, Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman’s music, and want to see a totally committed and talented cast

Don't see it if if you’d prefer to see a non-jukebox musical and or aren’t the biggest rock music fan

Also I can’t remember the last time I saw a matinee that had so much dedica... 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
85
Great staging, Raunchy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if love dancing, and amazing voices. Add points for Meatloaf fans. Andrew Pollec is a superstar! What a voice!!!!!

Don't see it if LOUD music , strobes and flashing lights bother you, you don't like Meatloaf's music.

During previews
92
A rock 'n roll concert, Great staging, Great singing, Dizzying

See it if you want to see all featured actors sing amazingly-best cast of singers I have seen. Andrew Polec is a show-stopper. This is a rock concert

Don't see it if you don't like the music; and the hand-held camera is annoying-ditch it. The story is lame; but the music-glorious; the singing incredible.

Also I would recommend it just for the singing and Polec's performance, Hal... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Fluffy, Great singing, Fun special effects, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You like MeatLoaf and are looking to be visually entertained by big stage numbers

Don't see it if If your looking for something with substance

During previews
70
Banal, Great singing, Singing10/script2/staging 1

See it if you love Meat Loaf's songs, don't mind a script that lazily rips off Peter Pan and horrible staging and can get cheap tix

Don't see it if you mind the view from the right side being obstructed

During previews
80
Great music, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you want to hear Meatloaf hits/epic Steinman songs sung beautifully by talented performers, gorgeous voices, you don't need a strong plot.

Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals w/ songs strung thru weak plot, this is more a series of music videos than musical, not a Steinman/Meatloaf fan

Also This show was fun and entertaining, the leads had fantastic, powerful ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Great singing, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if Like the albums

Don't see it if Don’t like the albums

Also Special effects can be dizzying ... 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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