Oct. 09--From the pages of a supermarket tabloid to a cult classic stage show, "Bat Boy: The Musical" is coming to La Crosse this month for a special Halloween run at The Muse Theater.
"Bat Boy" opens Friday, Oct. 11, with performances every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 2 and a special Thursday night show Oct. 31.
The sanguineous story of the chiropteran child found in a West Virginia cave debuted Oct. 31, 1997, at the Actors' Gang Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.
Inspired by a Weekly World News story from 1992, the rock opera musical is part cheesy horror, part slapstick comedy that toys with biblical allusions and delivers a healthy dose of irony.
"It's a great show," said Vicki Elwood, the theater's artistic director and co-owner. "It's based on this crazy tabloid, and it's really kind of silly, but people like to follow that mythical creature."
And what's a rock opera without live music? A four-piece band will accompany singers on guitar, bass, drums and keyboard under the direction of Matthew Scott Lucas. With musical styles ranging from rock to rap to opera, Elwood said it will be "a real tour de force performance."
"This is something you might see in Minneapolis or Chicago," Elwood said.
The title character, played by Jake Stephens, is a misunderstood anti-hero with a heart of gold and an unfortunate taste for blood. Adopted by the family of Dr. Parker, a rural veterinarian, Bat Boy adapts to civilized life and seeks to win the approval of the closed-minded townspeople.
"Ultimately, it's about love and acceptance," said Elwood, who plays Meredith, the veterinarian's kind-hearted wife.
But the interspecies interloper is doomed to become a pariah, after he's blamed for mysterious livestock deaths. Dr. Parker, who secretly hates Bat Boy, whips the townspeople into a roiling fury and sends a mob to kill the creature that has run off with his daughter, Shelly.
The Muse, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year, is known for its campy, off-beat productions that favor a more risque, alternative subject matter, Elwood said, and the Halloween season is the perfect time to tap into the spooky spirit.
In years past, the theater has produced "Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Jekyll and Hyde the Musical" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show.
"It's become sort of a tradition," she said.
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