Stage Shows

With Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark turning folks away from any kind of superhero stage (If you’re the one guy/gal excited for this then please give us some of that crazy ass medication you’re on.) show I dunno why we would even acknowledge this ‘Batman Live’ shenanigans. Batman: Turn Off The Dark… Knight ‘Batman Live’ being a live stage show that will feature classic characters such as Alfred and even Batman’s trusty sidekick Robin, and villains like the Joker, Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. It is planned to premiere in Manchester this July, and which will then embark upon a tour of arenas in the UK and Europe before moving to US arenas in summer 2012.

Producer Nick Grace (Walking With Dinosaurs, Mamma Mia!) has been flapping his gums that they went all  huge scale and went with arenas because they can accommodate “pyrotechnics and large video screens and lots of action.”

Backing up his statement comes some set designs, which give us a better sense of what kind of direction this production is taking. Take a look after the jump to to check em’ out, as well as see more details on the show itself.

batman-live(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

Manchester, England is very lucky to be the first stop in the ‘Batman Live’ European tour in July of 2011. With this stage performance of the Dark Knight just over nine months away people have speculated just what the show will contain. The Batman history, so very rich and deep, has plenty of material to run with from it’s 71 years of existence. Recently, new details have emerged, thanks to the Manchester Evening News on just what the English population will be the first in the world to see live. While this will be a stage show it has been confirmed there will be no singing or dancing on stage. Any foul play like that and their could be a riot on Batman’s hand even he couldn’t stop.

Here the scoop on what’s in store:

  • The story will focus on Dick Grayson’s transformation from orphan to Batman’s acrobatic sidekick Robin
  • It will include a cast over over 90 performers protraying classic villians The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman. As well as recent additions Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Scarface & The Ventriloquist and allies Commissioner Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth.
  • The set will consist of 130-foot video screen, a full-scale Batmobile and pyrotechnic effects

“…We basically wanted to bring the excitement of a comic book to stage.” Executive producer Nick Grace, of Mamma Mia! and Walking With Dinosaurs fame, told Manchester Evening news. They want the show to feel like your watching a comic book unfold before your eyes. Short, snappy dialogue filled with more action, aerial acrobatics and martial arts then your eyes can handle. ‘Batman Live’ will still contain the darker elements that fans have come to expect thanks to the recent Dark Knight film while keeping it a family friendly show for the younger bat fans.

Sadly, fans in North America will have to wait till mid-2012 before we get to see any of this unless you bought a plane ticket ahead of schedule.

Via:  Super hero hype