Deven May to Re-create Bat Boy Role for U.K. Premiere

News   Deven May to Re-create Bat Boy Role for U.K. Premiere Deven May, who scored raves for his performance in the Off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Bat Boy, will return to that role for the U.K. premiere of the musical this month.
The popular promotional art from the Off-Broadway run of Bat Boy
The popular promotional art from the Off-Broadway run of Bat Boy

The production will play the West Yorkshire Playhouse June 21-July 17. The cast, according to the theatre's official website, will also include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Emma Williams as Shelley, Ragtime's John Barr as Dr. Parker, Starlight Express' Maurey Richards as Mrs. Taylor and South Pacific's Rebecca Vere as Meredith. The company also features Andrew Bolton, Gareth Richards, Julie Jupp, Robyn Isaac, Maurey Richards, David Beckford, Thomas Goodridge, Rachel Lynes and Wyn Moss. Composer Laurence O'Keefe is also involved in the production, which features direction by Mark Wing-Davey and musical direction by Iain Vince-Gatt. In an interview for the theatre's website, O'Keefe says, "We’re working on some of the arrangements . . . it’s a real opportunity to look at what we have and make it right for the British audience."

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. The comic musical concerns a teenager who is half-human, half-bat.

Deven May, who recently took part in the all-star Snoopy benefit concert, 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.

For more information about the West Yorkshire Playhouse, visit www.wyplayhouse.com.