Cult musical entertains Anchorage audiences

He’s huge. He’s fast. He hates Fritos. “Bat Boy” the musical is making its Alaska debut at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse Jan. 21. This off-Broadway success, written Keythe Farley, Brain Flemming and Laurence O’Keefe, is fast becoming a cult classic. Winner of the best musical off Broadway, this tragic comedy is about a teenage boy who is half human, half bat. Bat Boy is found in a cave in West Virginia and is seen as a freak to the community.

Jimmy Navarro plays Bat Boy and described his character as a wild boy.

“The whole show is about acceptance and being part of the community, the play works best when the actors are being truthful,” Navarro said.

The character, based off a recurring creature in the Weekly World News, is brought into a human community and subsequently learns to speak English from BBC tapes and watching television. A poignant moment is when Bat Boy realizes he is really a human because he has a navel. One of the musical numbers includes Bat Boy singing, “Look here, I have a navel.”

This musical is a must see, especially for any person who has a tattoo, piercing and is—or has been—a punk or goth.

Director Erin Dagon said this is a great show for college students.

“It’s funny, campy but still edgy,” Dagon said. This musical is full of quirky, insane characters and it now seems to have a cult following, he said. John Landis, the director of “Animal House,” is planning on turning this play into a movie.

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Leif Sawyer plays the parts of Rick Taylor and Roy.

“It’s better than ‘Rocky Horror,’” Sawyer said.

This play is about looking at the exterior of a person and feeling like you are the outsider. If you like “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” and “Cats,” then “Bat Boy” is the show for you.

To learn more about “Bat Boy,” visit www.batboy-themusical.com. To read about Bat Boy’s adventures,visit www.weeklyworldnews.com and search for “Bat Boy.”

Head over to Cyrano’s Jan. 20 for pay-what-you-can night. “Bat Boy” plays Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. until Feb. 27. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12.50 with a student ID.