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
72
Quirky, Dance challenged, Disappointing, Great music, Great singing

See it if you love Meatloaf and especially the Bat Out of Hell album. That is all in here, with strong singing and a great band.

Don't see it if you've had enough post-apocalyptic shows with 80s shoulder pads and shiny clothes OR if you're distracted by bad choreography.

Also Parts of the show were absolutely great, especially the music. But the... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you like Meatball music and enjoy a story based on his songs

Don't see it if If you think meatloaf is something you serve for dinner

During previews
82
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if The staging is kinetic, all the supporting cast can sing and dance. 3/4 key roles all have fantastic voices, esp. Strat, he IS delicious!

Don't see it if This is totally Rock and Roll, with bright lights and booming sounds. I found the role of Raven is weak in acting skills.

During previews
70
Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You really love the music of Meatloaf which is very dramatic and over the top. Everyone is singing at the top of their lungs throughout!

Don't see it if You don't like the music of Meatloaf. Also stay away if you don't like super loud shows with a plot that isn't the easiest to follow.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if you're interested in theater that is trying new things, you love campy stuff, you wanna hear the actors belt their hearts out.

Don't see it if you prioritize plot at all (the plot was horrible), you're not comfortable with sex/implied-nudity/etc, you don't want to sit through 3 hrs

Also The audience when I was there was horrible. They kept talking and comm... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Disappointing, Epic, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a huge Meatloaf fan and know the words to all of his songs and you love stage pyrotechnics.

Don't see it if You don’t relish the idea of sitting through three hours of a contrived plot in service to getting out the Meatloaf repertoire

During previews
70
Strange, Good singing, Fun show, Good costuming, Weak storyline

See it if If you like Meat Loaf or if you are looking for light-hearted fun. Great singing and costumes. Fun show.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Meat Loaf or jukebox musicals. Or if you want a good storyline that makes sense. It is a bit odd.

During previews
75
Good singing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like the albums and want to see and hear energetic singers/dancers perform them

Don't see it if you are a stickler for an original, well-written plot

Also Good singing, energetic dancing, hackneyed plot - 2 out of 3 ain't bad... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if You love great classic rock. I loved it, it was the first album I bought for myself as a kid and it came alive on stage for me tonight.

Don't see it if You don't like Meatloaf. It's all about the two Bat out of Hell albums. Most people in audience were over 40 but my 19 year old liked it.

Also The singers were all phenomenal especially Strat, Raven, Sloane, Tink ... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Excellent singers, Good songs

See it if You like the first Bat Out of Hell album - it's really well performed, as are some of the best known songs from the follow-ups.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for really cliched "drama" that stops the non musical parts of the show dead and drags it out to 2:40.

Also I think the show would be far better if they very briefly introduced t... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Intense, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like meatloaf's music.

Don't see it if you want a great storyline

Also OMG - The voices were excellent, Especially loved "the nurse". She sou... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Great cast...christina bennington is amazing, Great staging, singing and choreography, Must see

See it if It's loud and dizzying...but it needs to be. So well staged, acted and danced. Don't miss it with this cast!!

Don't see it if you can't take loud hard rock music or just like drama or quiet musicals

During previews
69
Odd, Banal, Raunchy, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like Jim Steinman's bombastic style of music. All his hits are represented. Brilliant performances from Dean, Hall & Bennington.

Don't see it if Odd story of NY future life after some level of destruction. Lower class stops aging at 18 while the protected people survive in High Rises.

Also The set was impressive in the leveled NY look. The use of video camera... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love Jim Steinman’s music You have a good imagination You have a good sense of humor

Don't see it if You have hearing issues Demand great choreography

During previews
78
Rocking score, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if it's the music from Jim Steinman and the Bat Out of Hell album! The staging is clever mix of video screens with live performances.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with the Meat Loaf album of the same name or don't like sci fi dystopian tales.

During previews
68
Great staging, Quirky, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if If you like weird storylines and love Meatloaf you will enjoy it

Don't see it if You don't like Meatloaf music

During previews
76
Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You love meatloaf

Don't see it if You want a good story line

During previews
94
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you have to love the music of Meatloaf because the show makes a story out of his songs

Don't see it if if you do not like the music of Meatloaf, also it is loud and a rock musical and long,over 2 hours

During previews
90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Meatloaf songs and other songs written by Jim Steinhem, like "Making Love (out of nothing at all). You like energy.

Don't see it if You don't like soft rock music and want something slow moving.

During previews
68
Quirky, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy meatloaf/rock & roll music. Play was filled with strong vocals that were spot on.

Don't see it if If you're expecting a typical love story.

During previews
77
Quirky, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the music of Meat Loaf performed well here in a futuristic love story, with some well sung songs and nice on screen visuals.

Don't see it if you don't like music which at times was so loud that it overpowered the singing, Meat Loaf or jukebox musicals.

During previews
90
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a different type of Broadway rock musical and/or you like Meatloaf's songs

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional Broadway musical or want a serious plot

During previews
69
Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if If you want to hear great music

Don't see it if If you want to see great theater.

Also The vocalists were all incredible, however the story line was really u... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Confusing, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you're a big fan of the music and want to hear it performed by amazing singers, especially the 4 leads.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical with a plot that you remotely care about.

Also The choreography was so bad it was distracting. The run time is 2hrs 4... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You enjoy the music of Jim Steinman. The performers are great music is well presented.

Don't see it if You are not into pyrotechnics, strobes, or looking for an easy to follow story line.


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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