Bat Boy: The Musical

Colton Berry, artistic director for Bayou City Theatrics, has been waiting to perform Bat Boy: The Musical for more than a decade. Berry first learned about a boy who was reportedly half-­bat, half-­boy from a series of absurd news stories in tabloids. “I remember seeing photos of the bat boy while waiting in the checkout line with my mother at the grocery store,” Berry tells us. Something about his face always stuck with me…I’m being totally serious.” A few years later, Berry heard about a musical based on the bat boy’s adventures. It played off­-Broadway and took the theater world by storm. “As soon as I was able, I grabbed a copy of the script and soundtrack. The show proved to be one of the most witty librettos and addicting musical scores I have [ever] encountered. I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Berry, who plays Edgar (the name the bat boy is given when he’s captured), has undergone some significant physical changes in getting ready for the character. “When Edgar is discovered, he is frail and fragile, hairless and nearly blind. His teeth have all adapted into razor ­sharp fangs and his ears are extended to allow for his sonic ­hearing capabilities. I have lost around 20 pounds — through a healthy diet and exercise, I promise! I’ve steered clear of UV rays and shaved my head bald.” Prosthetic ears, contact lenses, a set of pointed fangs and body makeup complete the look.

While the story is over-­the-­top outrageous, Berry says the Bayou City Theatrics production is playing it straight. “Many productions of the show play heavy into farce and plead for cheap laughs. A note in the script from the playwright specifically points out that the best delivery of the material [comes] from a real, honest place. I knew we could do that.”

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 7. The Kaleidoscope, 705 Main. For information, visit bayoucitytheatrics.com. $30.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 29. Continues through June 7, 2014

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