THEATRE + COMEDY
Bat Boy The Musical
July 8 - July 18, 2010
Generations, A Theatre Company rocks the summer with Bat Boy The Musical, performing July 8 through 18, Thursdays through Sundays, in Hamman Hall on the campus of Rice University.
Generations, A Theatre Company is pleased to announce it’s second production, BAT BOY The Musical, Story and Book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming; Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. The production is Designed & Directed by Founding Artistic Director George Brock with Music Direction by Adam Stout and Choreography by Kristin Warren. The production features Houston favorites Philip Lehl, Kristin Warren and Michael Tapley and introduces Josh Tobin as The Bat Boy.
Part Melodrama, part Rock Opera and all satire BAT BOY The Musical is based on a 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat found living in a cave. It received its world premiere on Halloween in 1997 and it’s Houston Premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre in December of 2003.
The story takes place in the mythical town of Hope Falls, West Virginia and centers on the Parker family who take in the strange creature and teach it to speak, dress, think and worship just like us. Like any good melodrama, there are several different twists and turns that result in a shocking (and hilarious) revelation at the end of the show. The music is all 80’s glam filled with extremely crafty lyrics and memorable melodies.
The satire revolves around our societal obsession with the sensational. The result is an hilarious and thought provoking two hours in the theatre that was described by John Lahr of The New Yorker as "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.”
Generations, A Theatre Company was founded in 2008 by Artistic Director George Brock. A sixteen year veteran of Houston theatre, Brock (along with partners Kate Revnell-Smith and Brandon Smith) helmed Actors Theatre of Houston (founded by Houston theatre legends Chris Wilson and Jim Jeter) for seven years before becoming the Artistic Director and an instructor at Episcopal High School where his productions of Urinetown The Musical (2008) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2010) both received Best Musical honors at the Tommy Tune Awards. Brock became intrigued with the idea of bringing together students and seasoned professionals creating and learning from each other. The result was the company’s inaugural production of Ruthless! The Musical in August of 2008.
After a year off from producing to organize as a non-profit theatre/educational company, Generations is excited to be taking the next step in our development by bringing together talent from Actors Equity, non-equity and the cream of Houston’s immensely talented pool of student performers to transcend traditional teaching methods resulting in a top-notch production.
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Pictured above: Josh Tobin (Bat Boy) and Stephanie Styles (Shelly Parker).
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