BAT OUT OF HELL | London, Coliseum

This multimedia arena spectacular is a monster hit: don’t be surprised if some people start giving a standing ovation halfway through the first act. With overwhelming visuals and slickness, a sensational cast and band bring to life iconic song after iconic song.

Jim Steinman, who wrote all the music and lyrics to Bat Out Of Hell (Parts I, II & III), has managed to tie it all together with his own “Peter Pan” book set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. Will “Wendy” (Christina Bennington) be able to escape her repressive parents (Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton), and escape with the boy at her window (Andrew Polec) to the land of the lost boys, frozen in time at the age of eighteen?

The question on everyone’s mind is, can this cast possibly compare with Meat Loaf? The answer is a resounding yes. The songs are reinvented as solos, duets, quartets, for men and women, old and young, and the relentlessly impressive reinterpretations make for a far more diverse experience. Polec and Bennington are phenomenal new talents, and this show is going to make them both stars.

More could be done with the lacklustre, unison ensemble choreography, which feels tacked-on and not from the world of the show. But there is more than enough visual interest from the sprawling, multi-level design, with stunning lighting, costumes, and coups de théâtre. Most importantly, get ready to raise the roof with high explosive glam rock, like you’ve never heard it before.

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