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Don’t miss the spectacle of Batman Live!

Batman & Catwoman

Batman & Catwoman

photography courtesy of Batman live!

The spectacle, mounted in the United Kingdom more than a year ago, toured Europe last year and recently made the rounds of major cities in South America before heading to the United States. One of its first stops will be the Colorado Springs World Arena.

“I’ve been to the World Arena before,” says George Reeves (no relation to the “Superman” actor), production manager for this show. He also mounted “Walking with Dinosaurs” here in 2008.

“It’s a great venue,” recalls Reeves, who’s also produced touring shows for U-2 and Madonna.

As for Batman Live! he says, “everyone wants to know if it’s funny like the old TV show or dark like the recent movies. I have to say, it’s a little bit of both, showing the evolution of the Batman character. We’ve tried to stay true to the story. You get to see the evolution of the character.”

The show also features familiar figures (Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman), as well as characters familiar only to die-hard comic book fans (Harlequin and Two-Face).

Reeves says it should appeal to kids, “who will love the lights, costumes and color,” and to adults “who will appreciate the dialogue and story line. And maybe a few inside jokes.” Audiences are enthusiastic, he says, “with some people even showing up in costume.”

He describes the show as “exhilarating,” for its energy, and “immense,” filling the ice sheet of the Olympic-sized arena. “This isn’t some show where the audience sits way back from the stage.”

Immense also describes the scope of the show, which travels in nineteen 53-foot semi-truck trailers (one dedicated to costumes alone), with a cast and crew of about 100 people. The cast is comprised mostly of circus performers, not actors.

“There are acrobatics involved, and tumbling and climbing,” and the grueling schedule, all of which are more easily managed by circus performers.
The show is extremely physically demanding, he says. All the cast “works out” every day with a rehearsal that requires them to hone split-second timing and routines.

And–Pow!–there are pyrotechnics.

“You can’t have a Batmobile without pyrotechnics,” he says. “And there’s a scene with a bazooka. But I don’t want to give away all the good stuff!”
He promises: “You’ll walk away wanting more.”