It's like a warped and sadomasochistic cross between the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Mamma Mia: Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell: The Musical roars thunderously on to the stage with a vaguely ridiculous plot.
It was perhaps a mistake to let Meatloaf’s lyricist write the script for the show. The story plays out like something from a tween drama, a Twilight-esque script with oodles of wistful longing for whirlwind romance and freedom from the constraints of an oppressively protective family.
Despite the burgeoning romance between our star-crossed lovers, it’s the relationship between Falco (Rob Fowler) and his unsatisfied wife Sloane (Sharon Sexton) which drives much of the humour and brings an inescapable joie de vivre to the show. It’s the ailing couple's numbers which, tiny pink hot pants and blue cadillac careering into the audience aside, steal the show.
The young troupe deserves credit for standing out among the set alone. Fusing live-action with on-stage camera work plastered on to various surfaces of the set as the actors move around stage, the eye often finds it hard to sit still. A split-level stage allows for an over and underground view which works surprisingly well, whilst the destruction of a silver-black phantom bike provides a showstopping end to the first half. Obsidian might be inexplicable in theory, but it looks the part in practice.
If you aren’t a Meatloaf fan, chances are you will most likely not enjoy this musical. There’s no denying that this is a poorly written, oddly choreographed absurdist fantasy of a spectacle. But a spectacle it is, and what more could one expect from a stage show based on Meatloaf songs? For fans of the albums on the other hand, this is a musical that brings riotous joy and has you toe-tapping all the way through the 10-minute renditions of Steinman’s knockout tunes, all the way to the end. There’s a method to the madness, and Meatloaf: the Musical is as mad as they come.
|What||Bat Out of Hell review:|
|Where||Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 7AQ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Tottenham Court Road (underground)|
02 Apr 18 – 27 Oct 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Check here for updates on ticket releases|