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Bat Boy (2001 Original Off-Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Laurence O'Keefe , Jeanne LeBlanc , Jim Pugh , Jeffrey Lang , Sean McCourt , Kerry Butler , Brian Flemming , Keythe Farley Audio CD
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  • Performer: Laurence O'Keefe, Jeanne LeBlanc, Jim Pugh, Jeffrey Lang, Sean McCourt, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B00005JXS7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold Me, Bat Boy
2. Christian Charity
3. Ugly Boy
4. Whatcha Wanna Do?
5. A Home For You
6. Another Dead Cow
7. Dance With Me, Darling
8. Mrs. Taylor's Lullaby
9. Show You A Thing Or Two
10. Christian Charity (Reprise)
11. A Home For You (Reprise)
12. Comfort And Joy
13. A Joyful Noise
14. Let Me Walk Among You
15. A Joyful Noise (Reprise)
16. Three Bedroom House
17. Children, Children
18. Inside Your Heart
19. Apology To A Cow
20. Finale: I Imagine You're Upset
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

As far as we know, Bat Boy is the only musical to have been inspired by a headline in the Weekly World News tabloid. It tells the story of, well, a bat boy (complete with pointy ears) found in a West Virginia cave. Adopted by the family of the town's vet, Edgar--as he comes to be known--actually goes on to acquire an education and even falls in love with the vet's daughter, all the while struggling to keep his blood thirst under control. Things end tragically--unsurprisingly, interspecies romance is still battling considerable prejudice in this country. Composer-lyricist Laurence O'Keefe came up with catchy songs that owe a lot to late 1960s and early '70s rock musicals such as Godspell and even The Rocky Horror Show. Skillfully walking the thin line between over-the-top camp and actual emotion, O'Keefe has written a wonderful little musical that cleverly deals with issues of difference and community values. As weird as it sounds, we foresee quite a future for Bat Boy in amateur productions. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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22 songs from the musical.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I HAVE TO GET TO GOTHAM TO SEE THIS ONE! September 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When I originally heard about a musical named BATBOY opening, I imagined something about baseball or caped crusaders. (Hey, I'm from Missouri so it is easier to imagine that than a musical based on a supermarket tabloid headline. ) Imgine my surpirse when I listen to the album. I LOVED IT!
And after my terrible review of the new ROCKY HORROR SHOW, I find it amazing that I'm giving my highest rave reviews to BAT BOY. Especially, since BAT BOY is a direct decendant of ROCKY plus a little LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, HAIR and even some Lloyd Webber's original JOSEPH. Actually Laurence O'Keefe, the composer, has probably written the most varied musical score since JOSEPH. He doesn't miss a musical style and he uses them all well.
The entire cast is first rate and production of the CD is outstanding. And be it musical comedy, tragedy or drama I recommend it to you whole heartedly!
By the way, RCA (BMG) seems to be the only major recording company willing to take a chance on the musical theater these days, and they are to be commended for it. Now, if they'll only release a few more of the old shows whose masters they still have tucked away in their vaults.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold Me BAT BOY August 11, 2001
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I bought this CD on a dare, and I couldn't be more happier with it. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. (Well actually I was expecting a very badly written musical that had songs that... well in a word....) This CD FAR exceeded my expectations and then some. It is a very thought provoking story about the pressures of being different. First they hate you, then they grow to love you then someone who you thought was your friend frames you for the murder of two people and eveyone wants you dead. Sound tricky? It's not. Especially the way Laurence O'Keefe blends many different style of music into one heck of a show. There is a very nice eclectic mix of styles on this CD. There is your Broadway Standard (Show You A Thing or Two), Country (Another Dead Cow, one of my personal favorites), Gospel Number (A Joyful Noise) and even an "I'm Going Crazy and Listening to the Voices In My Head" Song intermixed with the Act 1 Finale (Comfort and Joy.) If this doesn't make you want to click your mouse button and buy this CD, then I don't know what will. Oh yeah and by the way, I really like this and I think you will too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mountain's No Place To Raise Cows... October 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to see "Bat Boy" live in Minneapolis, and just had to buy this delightful soundtrack featuring the New York company as a keepsake. The story, based on a character from the "Weekly World News," dramatizes the life of a bat-human hybrid in a story equal parts "My Fair Lady" and "Tommy." The musical numbers are universally well written, extremely witty, and the performers on the CD have excellent vocal range and intonation.

The plot of the play will reveal itself quickly by listening to the songs, several of which are real standouts. "Hold Me, Bat Boy" (and its reprise) is so catchy that you will not be able to get it out of your head for weeks. "Mrs. Taylor's Lullaby" is perhaps the most amusing song on the CD, while "A Home For You", "Comfort And Joy", and "Inside Your Heart" are great classical musical vehicles designed to show off vocal talent to excellent effect.

To my knowledge this is the only musical that is based on a recurring tabloid character (still featured in the "Weekly World News") and touches on themes of evil veterinarians and bovine plagues all the while maintaining a tongue-in-cheek ambience alongside excellent (yet austere) production values.

The music from "Bat Boy" is great, the cast is excellent, and the plot is a one of a kind. "Bat Boy" is a wonderful show to see live, and I recommend it and this CD to anyone, especially those with an offbeat sense of humor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What a fantastic musical! I have not seen it(yet!) but being a big fan of Kerry Butler, I bought the cd with the intention of listening to her first recording. Although I thought Kerry was fantastic, I couldn't get enough of the whole cd! It reminds me a little bit of "Rent" and "Rocky" and is so original and funny. The music is WONDERFUL-if you want to hear an impressive sample of rock, gospel, typical boradway showtunes, touching ballads and duets, and even a little rap, this is the cd for you. The songs I especially love are "Hold me bat boy," "Show you a thing or two," "Comfort and Joy," "Inside your heart," and "Three Bedroom House." THe leads are AMAZING!!!!!!! Buy this cd-you won't regret it!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant! October 2, 2004
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I love Bat Boy! To be honest, I'm quite obsessed. This is an amazing cast recording featuring amazing talents especially by Kerry Butler (Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors~revival) who can make anything funny. What I like most about Bat Boy though is that it knows it's totally insane and you'd never think it'd work but it does (and I must say, very successfully). With hilarious lyrics, fun, upbeat music, and an extraordinary cast, Bat boy is an intelligent show that's much better than most Broadway shows. It's just a shame it never made it to the Great White Way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Biting Satire . . . Really! March 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are some show albums that can be played as background dinner music. I'm not suggesting an uncomfortable, silently seething supper like the "American Beauty" household endured nightly. No, there are certain Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein melodies that would make a nice complement to a salad and a sorbet. (Yes, a spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down!)
"Bat Boy" is NOT one of these. The music is blaring, the singing is occasionally feverish, and the lyrics are way-out there. In other words, this is not your grandmother's musical-comedy.
I was one of the lucky people who got to see "Bat Boy" performed live onstage in NY's Off-Broadway circuit. The sad thing about any theatrical performance is that it's so ephemeral. It only exists for the moment between house lights dimming and stage lights fading out. A videotape of the event can't do it justice; if it's great, it will live on in memory for a time, but the nuances will fade.
"Bat Boy," the cast album, does a fabulous job of resurrecting the humor, the energy, and the outlandish plot line of this sci-fi/social commentary musical. Based on the tabloid sightings of a bat boy, this show is so much more than just an X-Files episode set to a dance beat. Composer/lyricist Laurence O'Keefe writes a score that doesn't just advance the storyline; his music and lyrics also parody (brilliantly) all the conventions that have come to trademark a Broadway musical.
The lovable underdog who is groomed for bigger and better things: that's the basis of "Gigi," "My Fair Lady," and even "Hairspray.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny musical.
My grandniece performed in a production of this in her university theatre program. I bought this and the script. A strange and funny show.
Published 21 months ago by Barnett Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
I purchased this CD mainly because I love musicals! I had no clue what "Bat Boy" was about, so I purchased the CD and listened to it. Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by Beaglelover181
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurence O'Keefe is a musical genius!
First of all, let me express my deep love for this musical and say that this cast album only begins to do it justice. Read more
Published on May 17, 2010 by Seth Roseman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and Original!!
I picked up this soundtrack because I will be in the musical this fall, and hadn't heard of it before a month ago. Read more
Published on June 30, 2008 by Amber
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...
Not particularly well-written music. The orchestration's not bad. Some of the voices are okay, some are pretty bad, and some are on a teeter-totter.
Published on October 17, 2007 by S. Crissman
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking But True: Bat Boy Musical Topnotch
Bat Boy is a musical tour de force, a gem of a show that transcends its unlikely source material, the perennial cover freak for the sub-tabloid Weekly World News. Read more
Published on June 27, 2007 by Michael Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MUSICAL
I first heard of this musical on researching the W.W.N.'s character, and thought the idea was a little silly; a musical based on a tabloid bat/human hybrid. Read more
Published on June 13, 2007 by Alikat
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold Me, Bat Boy!!!!!!
This is an AMAZING show...I have never seen it but the music is so well done I know I would love the show. The songs WILL get stuck in your head!!! Read more
Published on May 22, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have thought?
"Bat Boy" is perhaps the strangest musical I have ever seen. When I heard my University was doing a production, and the flyers started popping up all over campus, I questioned the... Read more
Published on November 13, 2006 by Mary K. Wilkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars BAT BOY - Really good!
This CD is great to listen to both musically and story-wise/lyrically, if you know what I mean. The play is very similar to Honk (the story about an ugly duckling named Ugly). Read more
Published on November 2, 2006 by Good Tunes
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