Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits in a musical? What’s it gonna be boy? Yes or YES!?!!
Bat out of Hell The Musical
The jukebox musical, based around Meat Loaf’s debut best-selling album Bat out of Hell and the story of Peter Pan.
Meat Loaf Pan? Oook!
There’s a fair number of jukebox musicals in existence. I mean, they’ve boomed out since the 90s, in such abundance, that you’d probably be out of money before you’re out of jukebox shows to see.
And I reckon most of us could walk past billboard or a show poster on the tube and easily shout out pop quiz style which artist or band’s music the musical is based on. Take Bat out of Hell, you KNOW its Meat Loaf, yes, you do, even if you’re not a fan.
And whilst music is visionary, and story telling and is a space to close your eyes and drift away to the artists world (note: not whilst driving please!) I would challenge, that it doesn’t always mean you have a clue about a jukebox musical’s storyline.
I know I didn’t have a clue about tons.
Bat out of Hell – The Musical? With Paradise by the Dashboard Light? And Two out of Three ain’t Bad? Nope, nope. My imagination just flies off into a dreamworld.
Well, with Bat out of Hell which I saw last night at the press night at Milton Keynes Theatre mmmmaybe that dreamworld wasn’t so wrong after all.
Bat out of Hell is set in the most fascinating gritty dystopian world. We don’t get to know too much, like what on earth (if it even is earth!?) occurred to make the world the way it is, but what we do know is there’s divide. There’s different people. There’s fear, there’s aggression and then there’s love and people who want to be able to express themselves and love themselves and to be able to love whoever the hell they want to love, on their own terms. Mmm diff world, same problems, huh?
Rockers, metal heads, punks, goths, anyone who identifies themselves in an alt group understands that battle. The tug between what the world is implying you need to do, be, say and believe vs. yourself. Your beautiful, emotional filled, real and soulful, fullofdreams, you.
So, that’s your plot. That with a whole lotta humour sprinkled on top too.
Plot aside, I really wish I could learn more about the world its set in. It’s Fifth Element, it’s Bladerunner, its Mass Effect, it’s alllll the weird and fascinating sci-fi worlds and I want more.
The staging of Bat out of Hell is utter fab and the life that it brings to the world, story and songs is something you have to witness.
There’s confetti, explosions, bikes, motorbikes, dancing, blood, streamers and FIRE! REAL FIRE! 🔥
Some of the cast are in character and on stage from when you arrive at the theatre and during the interval. It’s cool.
Maybe most impressively is also the use of live video cameras as part of the staging. They filmed and displayed realtime onto the stage to give a real close up, diff angled view of a musical you’d never be able to see from your seat in the auditorium.
The cast is something else. Where did this talent come from and how lucky are we to have it on stage in Milton Keynes? Go see it before its confined to a sellout show with a year long waitlist.
Milton Keynes Theatre and Bat out of Hell is proper helping us fill the gap between now and Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. 2 gets released on July 1. So start running up that road or make like a bat out of hell and get to the theatre.
Bat Out Of Hell is at Milton Keynes Theatre Monday 14 – 25 June 2022
Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support.