Licensing Company: Broadway Licensing
Based upon a supposedly factual article in the tabloid The Weekly World News, the musical focuses upon a half-boy, half-bat creature who is discovered in a cave near the fictional town of Hope Falls, West Virginia by three spelunkers.
This licensed orchestration is based on the 2001 Off-Broadway production at Union Square Theatre.
This show is orchestrated to be player-conducted from the Keyboard 1 book. This show has a total of 2 keyboards in the show and both are heavily programmed.
As mentioned, Keyboard 1 is the conductor book and is the primary piano book. Along with various acoustic piano patches such as “spooky” piano, the programming contains strings, brass, clavinet, EP’s, B3 organ, and celeste to name a few. This book does require an advanced player who can navigate the part and programming while leading the band.
Keyboard 2 has more of the orchestral padding in the programming but is also the primary B3 Organ book. According to the NOTES TO THE MUSIC DIRECTOR found in the part, it states, “In the NYC Production of Bat Boy, the KEYBOARD II player used two synths: one 88-key sampling keyboard (weighted), and above it, a 61-key :MIDI Controller connected to the 88-key synth via MIDI. This “”secondary”” or “”upper”” keyboard did not contain any internal sounds-it used the internal sounds of the “”primary”” keyboard to which it.was connected. The second keyboard came in handy for a number of reasons:
a) There are times when the Key II part is split into many “”zones,”” and 88 keys aren’t enough. Therefore, certain passages are intended to be played on the “”secondary”” or “”upper”” keyboard, as specified in the Key II part:
© = Upper Keyboard
@ = Lower Keyboard
b) Since the Key II part contains a lot of Hammond Organ parts, it just feels better to play these passages on a plastic un-weightedkeyboard.
KeyboardTEK has recreated the original programming for this show in both a single keyboard configuration for theaters who do not have access to an unweighted second keyboard for this chair, but we also have the programming in the original double stack configuration for those productions that do have that at their disposal. Please notate which version you would prefer in the comments at checkout. Additional sounds and patches in this part include strings, clav, Fender Rhodes, analog pads, harp, piano, celeste, and music box along with many more.
ORIGINAL KEYBOARD PROGRAMMER
Synth Programming: Bruce Samuels
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Original 2001 Off-Broadway Band
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.