So the bat is out of the bag! And it is no coincidence that yesterdays announcement was made to coincide with Halloween!!. Morphic Graffiti’s next show is the cult Off Broadway hit BAT BOY – a brilliant and bloody tale of a half human/half bat creature found in a cave in a small town in America.
This is a very exciting project for us at MG with a couple of new things for the company. Firstly, we are working with Paul Taylor Mills who is producing Bat Boy. Paul has recently produced Altar Boyz at Greenwich Theatre and was co-producer on this year’s monster hit In the Heights at Southwark Playhouse.
Talking of Southwark Playhouse, Bat Boy will be presented in The Large, the main stage at the venue. This is another first for Luke and Stewart and we cannot wait to get to the SP!
So what has been going on? Well if the truth be told we have been working on the project for nearly two months, and this blog entry finds us in the middle of finalising the casting for the project. Anyone who knows Bat Boy will know how brilliant and quirky the piece is and any one who has seen one of our productions before will know how much work goes on behind the scenes. This project is no exception!
Stewart has been fine tuning his designs for set and costumes and there is one significant design aspect that will be dominating the production. Everything is being created specifically for the production and will be like nothing seen before in any other production of Bat Boy! Typing that makes me feel both excited and nervous! Gulp!!
So who are the creative team joining us in creating this show? Well, we are thrilled to be joined with Joey McKneely as choreographer and Mark Crossland as MD. Joey is a Tony-nominated choreographer whose career includes choreographing Smokey Joe’s Café and The Boy From Oz on Broadway (wow!!) and Mark is currently Musical Director on Dance Til Dawn at the Aldwych Theatre and other credits include the Number 1 tours of 9 to 5, Sister Act, and Hairspray (wow again!!).
We feel genuinely blessed to be working with such a team and cannot wait to bring you more updates from the rehearsal room and more details of the full cast and creative team as the show begins to take shape.
However, we can, very excitingly, announce the first of our incredible cast. Tony Award nominee Lauren Ward will play Meredith Parker. Among her incredible credits, Lauren originated the role of Miss Honey in Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre and on Broadway.
Joining Lauren will be Matthew White will play Dr. Parker. Matthew has worked extensively as a performer in the West End (Ragtime, Les Mis, Chicago) and most recently has directed shows including Sweet Charity, Top Hat and Little Shop of Horrors.
We are so excited to finally be able to share what has been keeping us busy since finishing Carousel! Plenty more details are to come but don’t forget to book up for Bat Boy!! It’s going to be very different to what Morphic Graffiti have done before but equally as fang-tastic (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun!!)
Tickets are on sale and previews are just £12!! Get booking.