By Stanford Friedman
Just when you thought that the sanitary jukebox musical had supplanted the messy rock opera, along comes Bat Out of Hell to set things right. Exploding like a you-know-what out of you-know-where, the production is a showcase of Jim Steinman classics, like “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth” and “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” performed by a powerhouse cast featuring the incredible pipes of Andrew Polec and Bradley Dean and a breakout performance by British actor Danielle Steers.
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WITH: Andrew Polec (Strat), Christina Bennington (Raven), Lena Hall (Sloane), Bradley Dean (Falco), Avionce Hoyles (Tink), Danielle Steers (Zahara), Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Jagwire), Will Branner, Lincoln Clauss, Kayla Cyphers, Jessica Jaunich, Paulina Jurzec, Adam Kemmerer, Nick Martinez, Harper Miles, Erin Mosher, Aramie Payton, Andres Quintero, Tiernan Tunnicliffe, and Kaleb Wells.
Choreography adapted by Xena Gusthart, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Mr. Bausor & Meentje Nielson, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Finn Ross, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, and musical direction by Ryan Cantwell. New York City Center, 131 West 55th St., 212.581.1212, https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2019-2020/bat-out-of-hell/. Through September 8. Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.