BWW Reviews: Equinox Theatre Presents Campy, Melodramatic Fun with BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
Equinox Theatre Company opens their 2013 season with the dark musical comedy BAT BOY: The Musical playing now until March 16th at the Bug Theatre.Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.
Colin Roybal was pulling triple duty as Director, Music Director, and Set Designer. He was quite thoughtful about the comedy that encompassed this fabulous script and kept things campy and light instead of cheesy and too much. I loved his set that showcased a massive cave and simple house. I only wished that they had used those fabulous levels in the cave more (especially in Act One). I must also mention the choreography, that was so much fun in the opening number, I just wish there had been more of that throughout the show. I also loved the ominous soundtrack before the show started that really built the energy and anticipation for this B-musical. I can tell that this musical could easily go way over the top, but Colin kept the reins on his energetic actors and truly pulled the funny out of every line while reflecting the tender and heartfelt side of this wonderful production. Job very well done.
Come experience this fun and campy cult classic that is an audience favorite and honor a great talent. There is still time to see Equinox Theatre Company's BAT BOY: The Musical delighting audiences now until March 16th. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street in Denver. Tickets are available online at www.EquinoxTheatreDenver.com or by calling 720-984-0781.
This show is recommended for mature audiences.
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