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Book by KEYTHE FARLEY & BRIAN FLEMMING. Music & Lyrics by LAURENCE O'KEEFE  

Presented by Bat Boy (UK) Ltd, Michael Alden Productions, West End International Ltd,
Kevin Schon and John Newman for Newpalm Productions in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Njng Productions, Plus Entertainment and Matthew Spain

Director Mark Wing-Davey
Decor Madeline Herbert
Costumes Simon Kenny
Lighting Tony Simpson
Sound Mike Walker
Choreography Lynne Page
Orchestrations Laurence O'Keefe, Alex Lacamoire
Musical Director lain Vince-Gatt
Fights Terry King
Projection Mark Logue

Union Square Theatre, New York - 21 March, 2001

U.K. Premiere - West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Shaftesbury Theatre, London - 8 September, 2004: Closed 15 January, 2005

Cast

Deven May - Bat Boy
Rebecca Vere - Meredith Parker
John Barr - Dr Thomas Parker
Emma Williams - Shelley Parker
Andrew Bolton - Sheriff Reynolds
Gareth Richards - Rick Taylor/Lorraine/Mr Dillon
Julie Jupp - Ron Taylor/Maggie/Clem
Robyn Isaac - Ruthie Taylor/Ned
Maurey Richards - Mrs Taylor/Roy/ Rev Billy Hightower/ Institute Man
David Beckford - Bud/Daisy/Doctor/Pan

Ensemble

Robert Arhibald, Tim Driesen, Thomas Goodridge, Rachel Lynes, Wyn Moss, Amanda Villamayor

Synopsis

Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, when a group of teenagers discover a pointy-eared, bright-eyed child in a cave in the West Virginia Hills and brought into the sleepy town of Hope Falls, which both intrigues and shocks the inhabitants …

Story:

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 veterinary surgeon'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 townsfolk 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.

Musical Numbers

REVIEW SCORECARD

rave

-

favourable

1

mixed

2

unfavourable

5

pan

8

ACT ONE

  1. Hold Me, Bat Boy - Full Company 
  2. Christian Charity - Sheriff, Meredith, Shelley
  3. Ugly Boy - Shelley
  4. Watcha Wanna Do? - Rick, Shelley
  5. A Home For You - Meredith, Bat Boy
  6. Another Dead Cow - Townsfolk
  7. Dance With Me, Darling - Parker
  8. Ruthie?s Lullaby - Mrs. Taylor
  9. Show You a Thing or Two - Full Company
  10. Christian Charity (Reprise) - Sheriff, Parker, Townsfolk
  11. A Home for You (Reprise) - Bat Boy
  12. Comfort and Joy - Full Company

ACT TWO

  1. A Joyful Noise - Rev. Hightower, The Congregation
  2. Let Me Walk Among You - Bat Boy
  3. Three Bedroom House - Meredith, Shelley
  4. Children, Children - King of the Forest, Company
  5. More Blood - Parker
  6. Inside Your Heart - Shelley, Bat Boy
  7. Apology to a Cow - Bat Boy
  8. Revelations - Meredith, Parker, Company
  9. I Imagine You're Upset - Full Company
  10. Hold Me, Bat Boy (Reprise) - Full Company

Instrumentation:

Keyboard 2 ; Guitar ; Bass Guitar : Drums