Bat Boy—with Three New Songs—Opens in London Sept. 8

News   Bat Boy—with Three New Songs—Opens in London Sept. 8 After a successful New York debut, the Off-Broadway musical about a half human, half-bat in Hope Falls opens Sept. 8 at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre.

Deven May, who scored raves for his performance in the Off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Bat Boy, returns to that role for the London staging. Also starring is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Emma Williams as Shelley.

Three songs featured in the New York premiere will be replaced in the new production. “Ugly Boy” has been superseded by “Hey Freak,” “Ugly Freak Two” by “What You Wanna Do” and “Inside Your Heart” by “Mine All Mine.”

Composer Laurence O'Keefe is involved in the production, which features direction by Mark Wing-Davey and musical direction by Iain Vince-Gatt. A 2001 Outer Critics Circle winner for Best Musical, Bat Boy features music and lyrics by O'Keefe and a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming.

Deven May won the 1998 Ovation Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance in the L.A. debut of Bat Boy. For the Off-Broadway run of Bat Boy, he received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations as well as a 2001 Theatre World Award.

The show’s initial booking period will run until Oct. 30. A London cast recording has been made, with no release date yet announced.

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