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The Reviews Are In: ‘Bat Out of Hell’ at New York City Center

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|by ShowTickets Editors |

What did critics make of the dystopian jukebox musical?

On August 8th, Bat Out of Hell roared into New York City Center with plenty of motorcycles, pyrotechnics and Meatloaf anthems to spare. The new musical, written by songwriter Jim Steinman and inspired by his album trilogy of the same name – made famous by Meatloaf – takes a rock-and-roll tour through a dystopian, 2030-set tale of love and loss in which Raven, the daughter of a dictatorial business owner, falls for Strat, the leader of a street gang of non-aging 18-year-olds known as “the Lost.” What did critics make of the newest show to hit this storied Off-Broadway venue? Read on for highlights from 5 critics’ reviews of Bat Out of Hell, which runs through September 8, 2019.

Andrew Polec (as Strat) and the ensemble of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ (Photo: ‘Bat Out of Hell’)

Andrew Polec (as Strat) and the ensemble of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ (Photo: ‘Bat Out of Hell’)

The New York Times
“Tony winner Ms. (Lena) Hall, as Raven’s disaffected mother, approaches the material with a wink and a uvula-rattling belt. Her voice – rough and richly textured – feels like a sandpaper kiss. Danielle Steers, as Strat’s sidekick Zahara, crushes ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ with a seat-shaking, onyx-dark alto.”

“The show’s true showstoppers, however, are Hall (a Tony Award winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Bradley Dean (The Last Ship)…Meant to represent the lost passion of youth and the detritus of a crumbling love affair, the pair inventively tackle the sensualist ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ and the forlorn ‘What Part of My Body Hurts the Most’ with genuine gusto.”

New York Post
“Polec, the Meat Loaf stand-in, has a rich, booming voice for someone so skinny. The biggest headbanging musical moment comes late in the show, when Raven’s parents (a very funny Lena Hall and Bradley Dean) belt ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.’”

New York Stage Review
“Romantic leads imported from the London company, Andrew Polec sheds his shirts as often as he bares his heart as the ardent Strat, while Christina Bennington projects equal parts petulant and pensive as Raven. Another original London cast member, Danielle Steers, is a dynamic presence and a soulful singer whose ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ duet shared with a juiced Tyrick Wiltez Jones is a highlight of the show.” 

The Daily Beast
“…It has all the furious energy of a true passion project, inspired by the story of Peter Pan and a desire to rock out as shamelessly as possible. The Ryan Cantwell-led band attacks the score with all the volume and extravagant pranging and percussion it demands.”

For more of the best of New York theater this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in August 2019

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