John Landis to Direct Bat Boy: The Musical The Movie

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The Weekly World News-inspired Bat Boy: The Musical is heading to the big screen with director John Landis at the helm.
Promotional art for Bat Boy: The Musical.
Promotional art for Bat Boy: The Musical.

Featuring a score by Laurence O'Keefe with a book co-written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, Bat Boy: The Musical originated in Los Angeles at The Actors' Gang Theatre then played Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre. Landis has directed such comedic films as "Animal House," "The Blues Brothers," "Trading Places," "Spies Like Us," "Three Amigos" and "Coming to America." Familiar with the macabre as well, he has helmed "An American Werewolf in London," "Twilight Zone: The Movie" and the Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.

Deven May originated the role as the pygmalion-like title orphan who is adopted by a family. May earned a Los Angeles Ovation Award for his turn in the original run and the musical was the Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award winner for Best Musical in New York. The work has played in London and numerous regional runs, gathering a cult following.

The cast album of the musical is available featuring the Off-Broadway cast which featured Kathy Brier, Kerry Butler, Daria Hardeman, Kaitlin Hopkins, Trent Armand Kendall, Deven May, Sean McCourt, Jim Price, Richard Pruitt and Doug Storm.

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