When I heard that the new Bat Out Of Hell musical was coming to town, I jumped to book tickets. I knew I didn’t want to miss this one. How could I resist Jim Steinman/Meatloaf’s greatest hits packaged into a dystopian musical!
I was absolutely not wrong! From the startling, sudden start through to the very last note, this show is highly enjoyable!
Set in a dystopian future, the plot pays homage to Peter Pan and his Lost Boys; a bright spectacle about rebellion and love, it gets lost in cliches at times, but the power and dedication of the cast absolutely makes up for that.
Unfortunately, the night we visited, Andrew Polec was not playing Strat, the male lead, but was replaced by alternate Strat Benjamin Purkiss; while Purkiss was giving it his all and is most definitely a great actor, his voice simply didn’t possess the depth and power needed for the songs, this is Meatloaf we’re talking about after all! This was especially clear whenever his male co-stars chimed in on songs, as every single one of them had a stronger voice that carried the songs extremely well. I was especially impressed with Rob Fowler (as Falco) and Sharon Sexton (as Sloane) performing brilliant duets, as well as Dom Hartley-Harris (Jagwire) and Giovanni Spanó (Ledoux) who both have incredibly beautiful voices. And of course the stunning Danielle Steers, whose voice is just completely out of this world. All these amazingly strong, and powerful voices made the alternate Strat stand out as just not quite on the same level.
That, however, is my one and only complaint with this show. Other than that it’s just stunningly amazing and exciting and a wild ride of emotions and an overall sensational experience. From the gorgeous set and the perfect lighting to the solid choreography and fun special effects, Bat Out Of Hell is a delight for the senses! Half way through the first half I already knew I’d definitely return to see it again, it is just so irresistibly good!
This is absolutely spectacle not to be missed! An assembly of absolutely stunning voices, a fresh and energetic choreography, fantastic stage design, and a dramatic love story make this an absolute hit. I can’t wait to go see it again. And again. And again…
Six out of six rainbow sloths from me!