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Bat Boy: The Musical
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Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Nov 08, 2003 7:28 am ]
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A parody with a bite

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Whatever did South Florida theater do for kicks before Rich Simone? The poobah of parody strikes again from his home base at the Shores Theatre, with a high camp yet surprisingly poignant Bat Boy: The Musical.

The science-fiction spoof rocked off-Broadway for a couple of months in 2001 with a story ripped from the bowels of the Weekly World News. Bat Boy even comes with a WWW license agreement; what it doesn't have (or need) is permission from other famous Broadway musicals, which come in for hellacious ribbing.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Sep 09, 2004 4:21 am ]
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Batboy the Musical

The Guardian

Even a self-consciously weird musical like this requires a certain internal logic: something lacking from Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming's book, Laurence O'Keefe's lyrics, or Mark Wing-Davey's production.

Having celebrated his graduation with a vigorous, table-top dance, why does the hero turn into a leaden-footed klutz?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Sep 10, 2004 12:25 am ]
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B-movie in a different vein
By Benedict Nightingale for The Times

IMAGINE some mad showbiz buff chucking Dracula, The Elephant Man, Phantom of the Opera and Pygmalion into the theatrical blender, adding bits of Frankenstein and The Lion King as afterthoughts. Then he turns on the juice, and, lo, the result is the weird mix of spoof B-movie and cherry-pie sentimentality its American creators have called Bat Boy. When I caught it off-Broadway in 2001, they hoped it would become a cult musical along the lines of The Rocky Horror Show; but that didn’t happen then and isn’t likely to happen here in Britain.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Sep 10, 2004 10:05 pm ]
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Rachel Lynes
Liz Thomas interviews Rachel Lynes for The Stage.

Rachel Lynes is starring in the acclaimed new musical Bat Boy, which opened in the West End last week.

The 22-year-old who only finished her musical theatre course at Chiswick Arts Educational last year, is overjoyed with her role in what has been billed as one of the freshest productions of the year.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Sep 11, 2004 1:56 am ]
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Bat Boy - the Musical Shaftesbury Theatre, London

The Financial Times

Deven May, reprising his Los Angeles and New York appearances in the title role, has bags of energy and even a goofy charm. Mark Wing-Davey's direction tries to reconcile the show's conflicting moods, by being as smart as its high points and papering over its stupidities, but to no avail.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:30 am ]
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Bat Boy
By Kate Kellaway for The Observer

Bat Boy is the worst show I have seen in the theatre for years. It is so bad it is almost good (there was disbelieving laughter from those able to see the funny side on the first night). Duty alone kept me in my seat beyond the interval. It is not the actors' fault - they sing gutsily.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Nov 26, 2004 12:01 am ]
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Bat Boy to hit the big screen
By Alistair Smith for The Stage

Landis, who directed the film version of The Blues Brothers, is working on a script for the film with the three writers behind the stage musical, Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming and Laurence O’Keefe. Alden hopes to have a finished script by March and expects to start filming in the UK by 2006. The film will be produced independently by Michael Alden Productions.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:01 am ]
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Bat Boy! The Musical
by SUSAN MANSFIELD for the Scotsman

Bat Boy may be derived from an improbable piece of tabloid sensationalism, but it is a timely show which speaks to themes which run through so much of this year's Fringe: how society demonises those who are different, the determination to deny one's self in order to fit in; how "Christian charity" quickly closes its doors to those it deems unsuitable. Moreover, it does all this within an evening of singing, dancing fun guaranteed to make you laugh.

published: August 24, 2006

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