Thursday, 21 August 2008

Bat Boy The Musical, Aug 20, 2008 **

Bat Boy The Musical
Music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, story & book by Keythe (OK) Farley & Brian Flemming by Octave Theatre
Chapel off Chapel, Aug 20 to 24, 2008
Reviewer: Kate Herbert

When a tabloid rag broke the insane story and photo of a half-boy, half-bat found living in a cave, three writers leapt at the idea to turn it into a musical. In 1997, Bat Boy The Musical was born and subsequently won myriad awards.

Bat Boy became a cult hit. It combines the schlock horror notion of a cross- breed bat-boy with cartoon humour and witty lyrics in a rock musical. This production is by Octave Theatre, a non-professional musical theatre company of young performers.

Scott Mackenzie works hard as the Bat Boy who is found scuttling and grunting in a cave near an isolated American town that is populated by redneck cattle farmers. Laura Marcucci gives a strong performance as the woman who teaches Bat Boy and is, we discover hilariously, his birth mother.

 Although the quality of acting and singing is limited in this production directed by Rebecca Holcdorf (OK), this gang of young’ns has a great time belting out tunes with titles such as Hold Me Bat Boy, Ugly Boy and Another Dead Cow.

Kate Herbert

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