West End review: Bat Out of Hell – The Musical
- Published on Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:53
- Last Updated on 21 December 2018
- Monica Costa
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Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. It gets the full 5 out of 5 stars from me. I personally loved everything about this musical: the compelling dystopian story, the rock music by Meat Loaf, the performances, the choreography and the special effects. It’s a shame it ends in January 2019 because I would have happily gone back to see it again. Read my full verdict here.
Meat Loaf’s 43m-selling album Bat Out of Hell is full on both in the songs and in the involvement of motorbikes that reminds us to the cover art of the first Bat Out of Hell album.
One of the coolest characteristics of Steinman’s songwriting is to choose a phrase from everyday slang such as Bat Out of Hell, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth that turns out to be so creative in the contest of this musical. Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.
This musical is a great example of how rock music can be visually showcased with the aid of a compelling storyline, thrilling effects and effective use of technology on a stage.
The cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical at the Dominion Theatre is led by Jordan Luke Gage as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane. Also starring are Alex Thomas-Smith as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Wayne Robinson as Jagwire, Giovanni Spanó as Ledoux and Ryan Andersonas Blake.
Bat Out of Hell is still on for a few weeks. I would not miss it for the world. The Dominion production is currently booking until 5 January, 2019.
Just a final warning for parents of young children: this show is not suitable for children younger than 15 due to sexual references.
268-269 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7AQ
Performances: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: from £15.00
Box Office: 0845 200 7982
Booking until 5 January 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
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