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Bat Boy: The Musical

Bat Boy: The Musical
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music by: Laurence O'Keefe
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 94
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0822218348
ISBN-13: 9780822218340
Cast Size: 4 female, 6 male (doubling, flexible casting)

About the Play:

Bat Boy: The Musical is a full-length comedy musical with story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. Regarded as one of the funniest and most imaginative musicals in years, Bat Boy: The Musical is an offbeat, daring and deceptively funny musical. It's about love! It's about hope! Its My Fair Lady meets Rocky Horror.

Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.

Bat Boy: The Musical premiered at Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang Theatre in 1997 and has since been produced Off-Broadway, in London’s West End, at the Edinburgh Festival and around the world. The musical was awarded best Off-Broadway musical by both the Lucille Lortel Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2001.

Cast: 4 female, 6 male (doubling, flexible casting)

What people say:

"Big laughs…It's remarkable what intelligent wit can accomplish – a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee." — The New York Times

"Smart, playful and funny…a giggling cult hit" — New York Magazine

"Outrageously silly and totally charming." — The New York Daily News

"At the end of the show, you've been gleefully, outlandishly entertained." — New York Newsday

"Composed with smarts, staged with savvy and performed with gusto, Bat Boy: The Musical is a winner. You'd be batty to miss it." — Star Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)

About the Playwright:

Keythe Farley is an American voice actor, casting director, and voice director. He is a graduate of UCLA and is an active member of the Actors' Gang and Evidence Room theatre companies. He directed the original production of Bat Boy: The Musical.

Brian Flemming is an American film director and playwright whose work has been called "jaggedly imaginative" by the New York Times, "a parallel universe" by the BBC and "immensely satisfying" by USA Today.

Laurence O'Keefe is an American composer and lyricist for Broadway musicals, film and television.