The stage production featuring the songs Jim Steinman wrote for the classic 1977 release has opened at the Manchester Opera House and local theatre critic Dianne Bourne is a fan.

"It's a truly staggering piece of musical theatre, which breaks new boundaries in its staging, choreography and concept on an epic scale," she wrote. "It is not hard to see why more than 25,000 people have already booked to see this extravaganza - and why I suspect many thousands more will come to this musical in the months and years to come."

Her critique follows the rave reviews that surrounded preview performances at the London Coliseum.

Even Meat Loaf was moved to tears by the show.

"It’s been Jimmy’s (Steinman) dream for nearly 50 years, and for his dream to finally come true... there are no words to describe it," he said. "All I can do is cry, and that’s what happens. This human being has had a dream and I am here and alive to see it."

Bat Out of Hell - The Musical runs at the Manchester Opera House until 8 April (17), before moving to London.