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Jsteinfan 05:34 am MST 03/28/17
In reply to: Was this review posted here? - Jacqueline 03:12 pm MST 03/27/17

No.... but it's a good one

> REVIEW: Bat Out of Hell at the Manchester Opera House
> In the late sixties the first rock musical Hair defined a
> genre in an innovative and compelling form that has seldom
> been surpassed. Perhaps only the staging of the Who’s rock
> opera Tommy has really combined successfully rock music
> with a strong story line and its influence is hinted at in
> the criss-cross pattern around the proscenium arch which
> echoes the Tommy album cover. 
> But here in Bat out of hell we have a potentially game
> changing rock musical that combines strong rock anthems,
> innovative staging and a large talented cast to produce a
> genuine modern rock musical for today. Jim Steinman has
> created a wonderful dynamic show around the music made
> famous by Meatloaf. There are strong allusions to Peter
> Pan in the story created to link his songs. We have Peter,
> here called Strat, leading the lost with his special
> confidant , Tink and falling in love with Raven (Wendy )
> while being pursed and at war with Falco (Hook) .But at
> its heart are the love stories between Strat and Raven and
> between Falco and Sloane (his wife and Raven’s mother).
> From the moment Strat, played by Andrew Polec, climbs on
> stage to polish his beloved Harley Davidson and delivers
> his menacing opening monologue the tone is set. He is a
> leader, a rock star and his lost tribe will follow him
> against the police state lead by Falco. Raven played with
> youthful innocence by Christina Bennington is locked away
> from him in her 1st floor bedroom but she breaks free to
> meet him. She is embarrassed by her own parents’
> passionate love making played with amazing stage presence
> and powerful voices by Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton. 
> The relationship between these two couples is supported by
> a wonderful cast of 26 (perhaps at times too many) with
> standout performances from Danielle Steers as Zahara and
> Dom Hartley Harris as Jagwire. Their duet of “Two out of
> three ain't bad” is exciting and, but they surpass this
> with a thrilling “Dead ringer to love”. Throughout the
> songs are backed with high energy modern tribal
> choreography which features an excellent Michael Naylor
> and Phoebe Hart.
> The staging is grandiose and multi layered with amazing
> automated scene changes, multiple projections and some
> stand out special effects to create the post-apocalyptic
> city of Obsidian. While this amazing staging keeps the
> show
> moving slickly forward it also creates a number of sight
> line problems for those in the front stalls which detract
> from the overall visual impact of the production.
> Of course at the heart of the show is the music with
> classic rock anthems such as “Objects in the Rear View
> Mirror”, “Dead ringer for love”, “Bat out of hell”, “I'd
> do anything for love”, and “All revved up with no place to
> go”, sung with great musicality and energy the show builds
> to an exciting finale which is certain to produce standing
> ovations night after night.
> Review by Nick Wayne
> Rating: ★★★★★
> http://www.pocketsizetheatre.com/2017/03/review-bat-out-of-hell-at-manchester.html

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