Bat Boy Development Continues; Jeremy Jordan, Kerry Butler Lead Recent Reading

News   Bat Boy Development Continues; Jeremy Jordan, Kerry Butler Lead Recent Reading A reading of the musical was held in May, but songwriter Laurence O’Keefe said that development continues.
Jeremy Jordan, Kerry Butler and James Monroe Iglehart
Jeremy Jordan, Kerry Butler and James Monroe Iglehart

Bat Boy, the cult 2001 Off-Broadway musical about a half-boy, half-bat trying to find his place in society, had a May reading starring Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, original star Kerry Butler and Tony winner James Monroe Igelhart.

As previously reported in October 2014, the musical was being revised by creators Laurence O'Keefe, Brian Flemming and Keythe Farley with goals for a life on Broadway.

“Hopefully we have another reading event coming up in the next couple of months,” O’Keefe told Playbill.com. “That’s really all I can say.”

The May reading, he added, was “a dream come true. … We did a Harvard production, and Harvard gave us the resources to meet and do rewrites and give the undergrads the option to try the rewrites. They liked it, they did try it, it went very well, and then we got a chance to do those same rewrites with Jeremy and Kerry and other wonderful people [like] James Monroe Igelhart, and it was very deeply gratifying.

“It was nice to have those guesses [made in rewrites] corroborated in New York.”

Click here to read about all the changes that were made for the Harvard production in 2014.

In 2014, O’Keefe told Playbill, “My goals are utterly predictable. You can tell exactly what our goals are. We would love Bat Boy to make it to Broadway. It had a close shave. It came close in New York. It was doing well before 9/11. We’d love it to finally make it there.”

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