"Hopefully hitting new heights as a fully staged show soon"
Walking into Bat Boy the Musical with no prior knowledge, except for its 'cult classic' reputation, I found myself drawn into the show's quirky charm. Despite its classification as a 'concert' musical, the production effortlessly captivates its audience with its deadpan humour that gradually draws you in with contagious laughter.
Initially, the dry humour left me uncertain about when to laugh, but as the storyline progressed, the absurd and comical moments gave genuine laugh out loud moments like the charm of watching vintage horror movies. Beneath the comedic façade, Bat Boy unfolds into a heart-warming tale that balances laughter with an unexpectedly endearing narrative.
First and foremost, Jordan Luke Gage truly shines in the role of the monstrous and howling Edgar (Bat Boy). Previously known for his roles as a pretty boy front man, Gage proves that he can sink his teeth into any role. Gage's portrayal embodies Edgar's character, effectively mastering both the physicality and the amusing eccentricities, including an increasingly refined English accent that adds an extra layer of entertainment for the audience.
Trevor Dion Nicholas, known for his upbeat characters, delivers an impressive rendition of the beleaguered yet intriguing Dr. Parker. His performance shines with a captivating energy, capturing the essence of the role with the flair that his fans have grown to anticipate. Producers Chris Steward and Shanay Holmes for West End Musical Productions amazing casting choices amplify the performance's depth, allowing each actor to explore uncharted depths.
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt's portrayal of Meredith is a comedic tour de force, leaving the audience in stitches. Her impeccable timing, dynamic and drawn out use of the stage, along with emotional depth create a performance that navigates between moments of uproarious laughter and heartfelt sincerity like no other.
Jodie Steele, as Shelley Meredith's daughter, adeptly navigates her character's transformation from a stereotypical, superficial teen to a compassionate and supportive individual, mirroring the protagonist's journey in a compelling parallel.
Book and Music by Laurence O'Keefe, leans towards the rock genre, as you would expect with the show's vampire-theme. Its infectious melodies linger long after the curtains close, leaving a lasting impression that many contemporary productions often lack.
Bat Boy the Musical is an easy five stars from me, hopefully hitting new heights as a fully staged show soon.
This show was reviewed on the 31st October 2023 at the London Palladium.
Review written by Valentine Gale-Sides