12.12.2012

George Turvey never got to play Batman as a kid. He was the third of four boys, and his older brothers stuck him with villains while they traded off the plum role, “driving my mother mad,” he recalls, “re-enacting all those fights, wrestling and breaking things.”

He’s making up for it now…

George Turvey never got to play Batman as a kid. He was the third of four boys, and his older brothers stuck him with villains while they traded off the plum role, “driving my mother mad,” he recalls, “re-enacting all those fights, wrestling and breaking things.”

He’s making up for it now.

Turvey, 30, is starring as Batman in Batman Live — World Arena Tour, which runs Dec. 13-16 at American Airlines Center. He takes on the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and the Penguin in the lavish, multimillion-dollar adventure…

Read More: Holy smokes, Batman! The Caped One fights villains at AAC

12.12.2012

“…You can now add Batman to that list, although in this case, it’s decidedly not a musical, but rather a theatrical spectacle designed for stadiums with an original score….”

“Superman and Spider-Man have transcended comics, television and film to add another entertainment format to their ranks: musical theater.

In Superman’s case, it was an ill-fated musical, It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman!, by Charles Strouse that was a flop on Broadway in the late ’60s and was revised in 2009 at Dallas Theater Center.

For Spidey, it was an expensive Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with music by U2. It suffered headline-making mishaps in previews, before it officially opened last year.

You can now add Batman to that list, although in this case, it’s decidedly not a musical, but rather a theatrical spectacle designed for stadiums with an original score.”

Read the entire Feature: Batman Returns In An Arena Show

12.12.2012

‘Batman Live’ transforms Memorial Coliseum into virtual comic book.

Whether you grew up with the “Batman” TV series or “Dark Knight” movies, you’ll enjoy the show.

‘Batman Live’ transforms Memorial Coliseum into virtual comic book.

Whether you grew up with the “Batman” TV series or “Dark Knight” movies, you’ll enjoy the show.

Read More: ‘Batman Live’ transforms Memorial Coliseum into virtual comic book

11.28.2012

“Batman Live,” which opened at the Tyson Events Center Friday night, is like a huge comic book come to life.

Bursting with special effects (and more acrobats than you’d find in most circuses), the show is one of those odd hybrids – a theatrical production that uses Cirque du Soleil artistry to tell its story…

“Batman Live,” which opened at the Tyson Events Center Friday night, is like a huge comic book come to life.

Bursting with special effects (and more acrobats than you’d find in most circuses), the show is one of those odd hybrids – a theatrical production that uses Cirque du Soleil artistry to tell its story.

Read More: ‘Batman Live’ lives up to ‘specatacular’

11.28.2012

Make no mistake, Batman gets top billing – although a 105-foot bat-shaped LED video wall nearly swoops in and steals the show – but for longtime followers of the DC Comics superhero, the chance to see so many bad guys (and girls) at one time is something to get geeked about.

Make no mistake, Batman gets top billing – although a 105-foot bat-shaped LED video wall nearly swoops in and steals the show – but for longtime followers of the DC Comics superhero, the chance to see so many bad guys (and girls) at one time is something to get geeked about.

Read More: Batman Live: The Dynamic Duo vs. everybody

11.28.2012

“Batman Live,” featuring Jack Walker as the Caped Crusader, pleased Friday’s crowd at the Sprint Center with 3-D video screens, fight scenes and acrobatics.

“Batman Live,” featuring Jack Walker as the Caped Crusader, pleased Friday’s crowd at the Sprint Center with 3-D video screens, fight scenes and acrobatics.

Read more here: ‘Batman Live’ delivers classic comics fun

11.28.2012

Batman’s long journey from pulp comics to graphic novels to TV to movies – and now the monster arena show.

Batman’s long journey from pulp comics to graphic novels to TV to movies – and now the monster arena show.

Read more here: Kansas City Star Featured Article

10.31.2012

Batman Live is currently touring the United States and to get you ready for your live experience, we’ve prepared a PDF full of fun facts about our show, the characters, production, and the new Batmobile.

Batman Live is currently touring the United States and to get you ready for your live experience, we’ve prepared a PDF full of fun facts about our show, the characters, production, and the new Batmobile.

Click here to open or download PDF.

10.25.2012

Batman Live continues to gain popularity and attracting new fans, this time while performing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The show, which is now making its way to Loveland’s Budweiser Evens Center, received a great review from the Denver Post.

Batman Live continues to gain popularity and attracting new fans, this time while performing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The show, which is now making its way to Loveland’s Budweiser Evens Center, received a great review from the Denver Post.

Read more: “Batman Live” highlights the many shades of the Dark Knight – The Denver Post

10.15.2012

The Batman Live tour was recently in Oklahoma City, where it stayed and wowed crowds at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for 4 nights and received glowing reviews. Click here to read Matthew Price’s review.

The Batman Live tour was recently in Oklahoma City, where it stayed and wowed crowds at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for 4 nights and received glowing reviews. Click here to read Matthew Price’s review.

10.15.2012

G4’s Kristin Adams gets a behind-the-scenes look of Batman Live with the help of cast members Sam Heughan, Emma Clifford, Mark Frost and Christopher D. Hunt. via G4.

G4’s Kristin Adams gets a behind-the-scenes look of Batman Live with the help of cast members Sam Heughan, Emma Clifford, Mark Frost and Christopher D. Hunt.

via G4.

10.15.2012

“Extra’s” Mario Lopez and Batman Live’s Sam Heughan spoke one-on-one in September about the North American tour and The Batmobile. Visit Extra’s website for the full article and video.

“Extra’s” Mario Lopez and Batman Live’s Sam Heughan spoke one-on-one in September about the North American tour and The Batmobile.

Visit Extra’s website for the full article and video.

10.15.2012

Watch as the Xcel Energy Center is transformed into Gotham City for Batman Live.

Watch as the Xcel Energy Center is transformed into Gotham City for Batman Live.

08.21.2012

Burbank, Calif., August 20, 2012 – The unique action-packed live arena show BATMAN LIVE, a creative collaboration between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment and Water Lane Productions, will debut in North America in September.  This North American tour follows the show’s popular and acclaimed arena tour throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and Latin America.  [...]

Burbank, Calif., August 20, 2012 – The unique action-packed live arena show BATMAN LIVE, a creative collaboration between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment and Water Lane Productions, will debut in North America in September.  This North American tour follows the show’s popular and acclaimed arena tour throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and Latin America.  Two and a half years in the making, BATMAN LIVE is a visually stunning, state-of-the-art production, which brings Batman, a host of iconic characters, and the settings from the famed world of DC Comics, live and on stage for the very first time in North America.

Tickets for a limited number of dates are onsale now and the remainder of the 2012 dates go on sale Friday, August 24.  To purchase tickets, visit www.batmanlive.com.

With a 42-member cast, BATMAN LIVE has a brand new, original storyline, and features Batman, his trusty counterpart Robin, tireless butler Alfred and a host of other favorite Batman characters. Additional favorites include villains such as The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and The Penguin.

“Fans of all ages from around the world have enjoyed Batman’s adventures for many years and we are excited to bring the stories to life for the first time ever on stage in BATMAN LIVE,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.  “Following a critically successful tour through Europe and Latin America, we know our Batman fans throughout North America – both young and old – are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Batman, Robin and Gotham City in their hometowns.”

Adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, BATMAN LIVE focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero – the mysterious vigilante known as Batman – much to the dismay of his protective guardian, billionaire Bruce Wayne, whom the audience knows is secretly Batman.  BATMAN LIVE is, at its heart, a poignant coming-of-age story. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson must learn to overcome their own fears and forge their own family – with the help of Police Commissioner James Gordon and Bruce’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth – if they’re going to survive the combined forces of Batman’s larger-than-life rogues’ gallery, some of the most famous and beloved villains of all time. 

BATMAN LIVE, produced by Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions, features impressive stunts, pyrotechnics, illusions and video screen sequences.  “BATMAN LIVE is a totally unique experience – a completely new way to experience the world of Batman, with an arena sized production and audience — and has become a must-see for fans everywhere,” said Grace.  “This is not a musical but a live show with a thrilling Batman story, filled with action that we found has appeal for adults, teenagers, kids and families.  We are proud to have this opportunity to bring to life the story of one of the most popular DC Super Heroes in the world today.”

The action of the show becomes a non-stop thrill ride across Gotham City that transforms Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into the legendary crime-fighters, Batman and Robin. The adventure transports the audience from the Big Top of Haly’s Circus to the depths of Arkham Asylum, and from the glittering peaks of the Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge to the subterranean wonders that await inside the Batcave.  Acrobats suspended in the air, The Joker’s henchmen in choreographed fight sequences, and stunning scenic elements are all part of the BATMAN LIVE experience.

“Batman is not only one of the most iconic super heroes ever created – he is one of the most iconic characters of all time, period,” said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.  “What’s cool about BATMAN LIVE is that you really enter the world of Gotham in a way you can’t experience anywhere else.  You are an active participant in the story and a real part of Batman’s world.”

As audiences enter the arena, they are greeted by a 3D Gotham City landscape complete with buildings, soundscape, and video animation, setting the scene for the story to come. The magnitude of the production becomes apparent from the first moment the full symphonic score is heard and the 105-foot bat-shaped LED video wall comes to life to enhance the action on a custom-built massive stage.  Another exciting element is the eye-catching all-new Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray, known for designing racing cars for some of the most successful teams in the world for Formula One racing as well as the famous McLaren F1 road car.

BATMAN LIVE is based on an original story created exclusively for the show. Creative Director is Anthony Van Laast and Co-Director James Powell. Production design by Es Devlin, music composed by James Seymour Brett, sound design by Simon Baker, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video production by Sam Pattinson, costume design by Jack Galloway. Circus sequences created, produced and managed in association with Circus Space with Bryan Donaldson and Juliette Hardy-Donaldson as circus consultants.

06.04.2012

“EXTRAVAGANZA” The Guardian (UK) **** (Four stars) “Live-­‐action drama & retina-­‐popping visuals” “POW! Batman saves theatre!” The Daily Telegraph (UK) “Dazzling Hi-­‐Tech Hit” The Daily Telegraph (UK) ***** (Five stars) “MESMERISING – Entertainment doesn’t come any better than this. Spectacular ACTION” Manchester Evening News (Manchester, UK) “A mind blowing SPECTACLE. THRILL ride” The Sun (UK) [...]

“EXTRAVAGANZA” The Guardian (UK)

**** (Four stars)
“Live-­‐action drama & retina-­‐popping visuals” “POW! Batman saves theatre!”

The Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Dazzling Hi-­‐Tech Hit” The Daily Telegraph (UK)

***** (Five stars)
“MESMERISING – Entertainment doesn’t come any better than this. Spectacular ACTION”

Manchester Evening News (Manchester, UK)

“A mind blowing SPECTACLE. THRILL ride” The Sun (UK)

“Exciting and festooned with spectacle” The Daily Express (UK)

Time Out Critics’ Choice (UK)

“Kids will go mad for it” The Times (UK)

“A caped Crusader to KA-­‐POW the Bat-­‐kids” The Daily Mail (UK)

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The Sun (UK)

“A magical mixture of theatre, show stopping circus tricks and Hollywood blockbuster-­‐style special effects”
“Mind blowing spectacle”
“Sleek, super-­‐quick and edge-­‐of-­‐your-­‐seat-­‐gripping, thrill ride”

“Impossible not to enjoy”
“(Batman and Robin) leave behind a new generation of awe-­‐struck children” On the Batmobile “A thing of beauty”

The Guardian (UK)

“Two-­‐hour extravaganza”
“Two-­‐hour extravaganza carefully crafted to delight small boys and raise frequent smiles and cheers from the grown-­‐ups.”
“Bat-­‐fans roared their approval”

The Daily Telegraph (UK)
**** (4 Stars)
“Family entertainment on a truly ambitious scale”
“Live-­‐action drama stuffed with dazzling special effects, retina-­‐popping visuals and improbable feats of highwire derring-­‐do, choreographed within a Catwoman’s whisker of perfection”
“Hyper-­‐real, hi-­‐tech pantomime”
“Batman Live delivers brilliantly”
“The fight scenes are genuinely breath-­‐catching”
On the Batmobile: “It’s a neat, sleek, flame-­‐spitting wonder of carbon-­‐fibre engineering”
“The superhero’s new hi-­‐tech stage show points to the future of live drama.”

The Observer (UK)

“Wholesome, family Batman”

The Sheffield Star (Sheffield, UK)

“BATMAN LIVE is the greatest family show on the planet.”

Manchester Evening News (Manchester UK)
***** (5 Stars)
“A mesmerising show full of surprises”
“ Family entertainment doesn’t come any better than this” “Spectacular action”

The Times (UK)

“Kids will go mad for it.”

The Stage (UK)

“Every comic book fan’s dream of a show.” “Dazzling set pieces – a feast for the eyes.”

Capital FM Radio, (Manchester UK)

“It was visually amazing to see a comic come to life on stage in such an original way. Take your kids they will love it!”