Bat Boy: The Musical is a contemporary musical that swings between wacky and silly to grotesque and tragic. According to the director, Associate Professor Ilona Pierce, it tells a story of prejudice and acceptance, love and taboos, and the animal inside all of us. Featuring music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, Bat Boy: The Musical is presented by Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, October 17-26, 2014.
After Bat Boy – a half boy/half bat creature – is discovered in a cave, he’s taken in by a local family and named Edgar. But he soon finds it’s difficult to be a Bat Boy in Hope Falls, West Virginia, where not everyone is as loving as the Parker family.
In 2001 the Off-Broadway musical was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
John Lahr of The New Yorker called it “a giggling cult hit” and “the only play in the history of the theatre whose hero ends Act I with a rabbit in his mouth, and who moves on in Act II to an entire cow’s head.”
Show times for Bat Boy: The Musical are Friday, October 17 and 24, at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 18 and 25, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 19 and 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a HofstraCard.
Tickets may be purchased at the John Cranford Adams Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., as well as at the John Cranford Adams Box Office starting 90 minutes before show time.
Hofstra student Lyndsay Crescenti contributed to this new story