If you occasionally put down your weekly issue of CityBeat to read The Weekly World News, then you’ve no doubt heard of the mysterious Bat Boy. His “legend” inspired this wacky musical that became a cult hit after its 1997 premiere. Sometimes it’s been called “a classic love story with a bite,” but audiences love the campy tale of a half-bat, half-human boy who is discovered in a cave in West Virginia. He’s adopted by a family where he learns to speak and yearns to be accepted, but he’s rejected and tormented by the fearful townspeople.
Bat Boy is a great opportunity to see performers in the musical theater program at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and they’ll be offering four performances this weekend in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. The best news is that tickets are free but necessary; the bad news is that the studio only seats 150 people, so they go really fast. If the box office tells you they’re sold out, ask to be put on the waiting list.
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