Bat Boy York Little Theatre
"Bat Boy: The Musical" opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York. (York Little Theatre)

Half-bat. Half-boy.

It sounds like something you would find on the front pages of a grocery-aisle tabloid - and indeed, it was.

From the pages of the Weekly World News, to the theater stage comes "Bat Boy: The Musical," opening Friday at the York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York.

Musical comedy: The show is a B-movie themed musical comedy about a supernatural half-bat/half-boy creature that was discovered in a cave in West Virginia, and brought to the home of local veterinarian Dr. Parker. The Parker family decides to take the creature in, attempting to integrate him into a narrow-minded town. As Bat Boy tries to fit in, romatic sparks fly and he decides to run away with the doctor's daughter.

The character was created by former Weekly World News Editor Dick Kulpa, and debuted on the cover of the tabloid on June 23, 1992. The original front-page photo of Bat Boy was the second-best selling issue in the publication's history, and has since become a pop-culture icon.

Director: The show will be directed by Aaron Dalton with music direction by Nick Werner. Dalton was director of "Cabaret," winner of best musical in Central Pa. from BroadwayWorld.com, that ran last March at York Little Theatre.

The show contains mature themes not suitable for all audiences. According to a release, it touches on serious themes such as hypocrisy, forgiveness, racism, revenge and scapegoating, but can also cut the gravity of those moments with slapstick, surrealism, camp-horror and irony.

Discover "Bat Boy"

"Bat Boy: The Musical" runs in the York Little Theatre Studio, 27 S. Belmont St., York, March 21-23 and 27-30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $20-$25. Information: 717-854-5715 or www.ylt.org.