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News Bat Boy Flies the London Skies Starting Aug. 18 Bay Boy, the Off-Broadway musical about a strange-looking half-human, half-bat who fascinates the people of Hope Falls, will have its London debut Aug. 18 at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre.
Bat Boy Deven May
Bat Boy Deven May Photo by Aubrey Reuben

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 confirmed 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 “Ugly Boy” has been superseded by “Hey Freak”, “Ugly Freak Two” by “What You Wanna Do” and “Inside Your Heart” by “Mine All Mine.”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 will open on Sept. 8. The initial booking period will run until October 30.


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