Bat Boy: The Musical Halloween concert to play London Palladium

Get ready for a spooktacular Halloween concert as the cult classic Bat Boy: The Musical makes its way to the London Palladium.

The one-night-only show will take place on 31 October 2023 with tickets on sale now here.

Jordan Luke Gage, known for his roles in Bonnie and Clyde and Heathers, will take on the transformational title role of Edgar, a half-boy, half-bat creature discovered in a cave in a rural American town.

Joining Gage in the star-studded cast are Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, a two-time Olivier Award nominee, Trevor Dion Nicholas from Hamilton and Next To Normal and Jodie Steele, known for her performances in Bonnie and Clyde and Heathers.

Completing the cast are Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Ain’t Too Proud, The Drifters Girl), Glenn Adamson (We Will Rock You), Kyle Birch (A Strange Loop), Gillian Kirkpatrick (The Bridges of Madison County), Shane O’Riordan (Miss Saigon), Jenny O’Leary (We Will Rock You), Rumi Sutton (Miss Saigon, Hex), Thomas Vernal (The Book Of Morman) and Edward Flynn Haddon (13).

The rock horror musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe (Heathers, Legally Blonde), first premiered on Halloween in 1997 and has since gained a devoted following with award-winning off-Broadway and West End runs.

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In the story, Edgar is taken in by the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker and eventually becomes accepted as a member of the family by Dr. Parker’s wife, Meredith and their teenage daughter, Shelley. However, secrets about his shocking origins threaten to turn the town against him.

Set against a backdrop of a small town plagued by prejudice, the dark comedy delves into themes of fear, acceptance and the consequences of othering, challenging the notion of what it means to be “normal.”

The producers, Chris Steward and Shanay Holmes, along with director Dean Johnson (Once, BKLYN), promise a dark and truthful reimagining of the musical, with more cast and creatives to be announced. This new rendition of Bat Boy: The Musical is bound to become a thrilling obsession for musical fans and a bloody brilliant way to celebrate Halloween.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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