Bat Boy Star Is a Warrior in NYMF Musical About Jim Thorpe | Playbill

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Deven May, who originated the title role in the musical Bat Boy, will star as American-Indian athlete Jim Thorpe in Warrior at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sept. 12-23 at the Theatre at St. Clement's.

Also in the cast are Erich Bergen, Cole Burden, Aaron Capps, Duane Foster, Deven May, Brian Charles Rooney, Marla Schaffel, Nancy Slusser and Louis Tucci.

The creative team includes Marcus Hummon (composer, lyricist, writer), Michael Bush (director), Janet Watson (choreographer), Jared Debacker (technical director), Brian Sidney Bembridge (set designer), Karen Ledger (costume designer) and Traci Klainer (lighting designer).

Born in the Indian territories before the massacre at Wounded Knee, before the emasculation of the full-blown reservation system, Jim Thorpe was the last of a generation of Native Americans to know an America that is gone forever, according to production notes. With a score by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, Warrior "is the story of America's tragic inability to come to grips with the inclusion of its native population."

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.

Marla Schaffel was a 2001 Tony nominee for Jayne Eyre. She was most recently seen on the New York stage in A Broadway Diva Christmas and replaced Emily Skinner in the musical Fanny Hill.

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For more information and to buy tickets, visit the
2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival website

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