Full casting is announced today for Bat Boy: The Musical, in a new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse, London from Friday 9th January to Saturday 31st January 2015.
Rob Compton will play the title role of Bat Boy, alongside Georgina Hagen as Shelley Parker, Russell Wilcox as Sheriff, Nolan Frederick as Bud, Simon Bailey as Reverend Hightower, Andy Rees as Rick, Pepper Harrison as Ruthie and Lindsay Scigliano as Maggie. They join the previously announced Lauren Ward as Meredith Parker and Matthew White as Dr Parker.
A strange bat-child is discovered in a dank cave in deepest, darkest West Virginia. For the small community of Hope Falls, the discovery threatens to shake its moral core and the residents turn to the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, in the hope that he will know what to do with the strange creature. Taken under the wing of Dr Parker’s wife, the boy is taught in the ways of the world and adjusts to life in this seemingly normal American family. However, ‘normal’ is merely the cycle on Mrs Parker’s washing machine. Secrets, lies and a mysterious case of dead cows leave our Bat Boy at the mercy of his God-fearing community and the shocking truth that reveals the hidden beast in all of us.
An unconventional story with a serious bite, Bat Boy is a delightful twist on the modern day musical comedy. The story was inspired by an article run by American tabloid The Weekly World News; a paper of fictional stories that many unsuspecting readers believed to be real. The creation of Bat Boy became an overnight sensation and made him a pop-culture icon.
Bat Boy: The Musical won New York’s Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 2001. It received its UK premiere in 2004 at West Yorkshire Playhouse prior to a West End run at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Bat Boy: The Musical is directed by Luke Fredericks with choreography by Joey McKneely and set and costume design by Stewart Charlesworth. Casting is by Will Burton CDG.
Luke Fredericks and Stewart Charlesworth are behind the company Morphic Graffiti, who have created critically acclaimed productions of Carousel at Arcola Theatre and Jekyll and Hyde at the Union Theatre.
Joey McKneely is best known for directing and choreographing the 50th anniversary production of West Side Story based on the original choreography of Jerome Robbins, which debuted at Sadler’s Wells in 2008 and has since played all over the world. Broadway credits include The Boy from Oz, Smokey Joe’s Café (Tony Award nomination), Cy Coleman’s The Life (Tony Award nomination), and The Wild Party.
Bat Boy: The Musical is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd, and marks their return to Southwark Playhouse following the acclaimed production of In The Heights earlier this year. Paul Taylor-Mills is delighted to be working with Equity on a special agreement between both parties which will ensure everyone on the production will receive at least the National Minimum wage.
Rob Compton | Bat Boy
Recent theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (The Lowry), A Chorus of Disapproval directed by Trevor Nunn (Harold Pinter Theatre), All the Fun of the Fair (UK Tour) and Great Expectations (English Touring Theatre).
Matthew White | Dr Parker
Acting credits include Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre, Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Les Misérables (Palace Theatre). As a director, Matthew’s work includes Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal, Haymarket) and the forthcoming UK Tour of The Producers.
Lauren Ward | Meredith Parker
Lauren originated the role of Miss Honey in the RSC’s Matilda in the West End and on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination for her performance. Other recent credits include The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Philadelphia Story (Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park), and Follies and Carousel on Broadway.
Georgina Hagen | Shelley Parker
Theatre includes Evita (Ljubljana Festival), Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany) and We Will Rock You (UK Tour). Television includes: Britannia High and Tracy Beaker
Russell Wilcox | Sherriff
Theatre includes One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre), The Sound of Music
(Kilworth House), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Billy Elliott (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Ace of Clubs (New Wimbledon Studio). Television includes Doctors and Waking the Dead
Nolan Frederick | Bud
Theatre includes The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), Sister Act (UK Tour), Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible), La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory), Gone With the Wind (New London Theatre) and Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre).
Simon Bailey | Reverend Hightower
Recent credits include Marry Me a Little (St. James Studio), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium) Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour and Her Majesty’s Theatre), Passion (Donmar Warehouse), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). Simon is also a founder member of ‘Theatreland’s First Supergroup’ Teatro.
Andy Rees | Rick
Theatre includes Tonight’s the Night (UK Tour), A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Legally Blonde (UK Tour), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour) and Chicago (Cambridge Theatre).
Pepper Harrison | Ruthie
Credits whilst training include Legally Blonde (Arts Ed) and Babes in Arms (Arts Ed). Television includes EastEnders.
Lindsay Scigliano | Maggie
Theatre includes Grease (Llubljana Festival), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Corn Exchange) and Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre).
FRIDAY 9 JANUARY – SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2015
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, The Large
77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD
Press Night: Wednesday 14 January, 7.30pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturdays, 3.00pm (additional matinee Thursday 29 January, 2.30pm)
Tickets: £18-22 (£12 previews)
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