Bat Boy: A History Abridged

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June 27, 2023 | By Eli Cunningham

Bat Boy: A History Abridged

With tabloid journalism, where truth often takes a backseat to the outrageous, there exists no creature more fascinating, more endearing, than Bat Boy. Discovered in 1992, chilling in a cave somewhere in West Virginia (presumably enjoying some echolocation-based meditation), Bat Boy was thrust into the spotlight by the Weekly World News. If we are to believe the highly trustworthy tabloid – and why wouldn’t we? – Bat Boy is a half-bat, half-boy creature.

Bat Boy, with his wide-eyed charm and propensity for dramatic escapades, soon captured the hearts of readers, proving that we, as a society, have an insatiable appetite for the peculiar. The list of his exploits reads like a who’s who of absurdity – he’s hobnobbed with Bigfoot, vied for political office, and even had a brush with matrimony. But such is life when you’re the tabloids’ favorite hybrid mammal.

But the influence didn’t stop at the grocery store checkout aisle. Like any superstar, Bat Boy has permeated all aspects of popular culture. He’s adorned T-shirts, starred in his own video game, and even been caught up in a few alien encounters. And in a turn of events that surprised absolutely nobody, it was announced that Bat Boy’s saga would be adapted into a musical. Because, of course, what better way to commemorate such a unique life than through song and dance?

The transformation of Bat Boy’s tale from tabloid sensation to musical masterpiece is nothing short of astonishing. Packed with equal parts wit, heart, and rock ā€˜nā€™ roll, Bat Boy: The Musical has taken the stage by storm. Critics and audiences alike, likely expecting a half-baked spectacle, were instead treated to a clever, touching, and downright catchy exploration of humanity.

Bat Boy swoops into the spotlight July 21-August 6, 2023 on the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage.

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Read more about our production of Bat Boy: The Musical HERE.


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