Holy Musical B@man! is the fifth original online musical from Team StarKid. The show is a retelling of the story of Batman, a comic book character created by DC Comics. The musical was performed March 22–25, 2012, at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
The recorded show premiered on YouTube on April 13th, 2012. A two-track album was released the same day for free download on Bandcamp, while the rest of the show's songs were released on the "That's What I Call StarKid! Volume 2" album on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.com.
Holy musical, Batman! It's time for crime-fighting shenanigans with everyone's second favorite superhero (right after Spider-Man). After witnessing the murder of his parents, a young billionaire makes a solemn vow to dress up like a bat and wage a one-man war on the rouges of Gotham. So get ready to see the Dark Knight the way you always dreamed of... singing and dancing!
The show opens with young billionaire Bruce Wayne witnessing his parents get mugged and shot by a nameless villain. As he grows up, Bruce vows to seek out and destroy evil so that what happened to him will never happen again, deciding to dress up as a giant bat and fight crime as the masked vigilante "Batman" ("Holy Musical B@man!"). Batman is universally loved by the citizens of Gotham City for being a dark and angsty anti-hero. This is despite the fact that Batman irrationally hates them all, holding the people of Gotham responsible for letting his parents die and considering them all (potential) criminals. After a final battle with his arch-nemesis, The Joker, in which the villain falls to his death, Batman partakes in a ceremony to receive the Key To The City from Commissioner Gordon, but clashes with Superman, a smug and all-powerful superhero from Metropolis who constantly upstages Batman (but is secretly jealous of his popularity). After leaving the ceremony in a huff and arriving home, Batman comes to the realization that he doesn't have any real friends, and fires his loyal butler Alfred after he discovers that he was pretending to be Lucius Fox. Alfred immediately returns disguised as "O'Malley, the Irish butler" and both he and Batman lament ("Dark, Sad, Lonely, Knight"). Superman, also feeling lonely due to his lack of popularity, calls Batman and leaves an apologetic voicemail, inviting him to an upcoming battle with Solomon Grundy that he's trying to organize with other heroes.
The Council of Rogues, a group of Gotham's most famous super-villains - The Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze and the Riddler - meet to discuss how Batman is foiling all of their crimes ("Rogues Are We"). After a brief interruption from Two-Face, who is promptly refused membership on the council by the other annoyed villains, Sweet Tooth, the newest villain in town, arrives and swiftly seizes control of the Rogues. He then hatches a plan to rouse every villain in Gotham, no matter how lame or derivative, and kill Batman by overwhelming him with sheer numbers ("Rogues Are We (Reprise)"). Batman is crying in his room when Alfred introduces him to a visitor: the orphaned acrobat Dick Grayson. Batman and Dick realize they have a lot in common and quickly strike up a friendship. Bruce reveals his secret identity as Batman, to which Dick reveals that he wishes to become his sidekick, Robin. Together they set out and take on the hordes of lame new villains plaguing Gotham, both happier than they have ever been. ("Dynamic Duet").
The citizens of Gotham react badly to Robin, feeling that his wisecracking and light-hearted antics detract from Batman's image as a lone, dark anti-hero ("Robin Sucks"). Meanwhile, Superman grows even more jealous of Batman and his new friendship after no-one showed up to his Solomon Grundy battle. "O'Malley" tells Batman he agrees with Gotham's opinion on Robin and Batman fires him; he returns yet again as "Quon Li, the Chinese butler". While rescuing Rachel Dawes, Robin is captured by Sweet Tooth and his new accomplice and lover, Candy, who also take three thousand people hostage in Gotham Square. Sweet Tooth then sets up a Facebook poll, letting the people of Gotham decide whether he kills Robin or poisons the water supply with a lethally-sour Warhead. Seeing Batman torn between saving Gotham or Robin, Alfred "returns" and comforts him. Batman, believing that Gotham will choose to sacrifice Robin to save themselves, decides to rescue Robin and let Gotham City suffer the consequences. In response to this, President Barack Obama enlists Superman to defeat Batman before he can rescue Robin and doom the citizens of Gotham ("The American Way").
Batman breaks through Sweet Tooth's barricade around Gotham Square and confronts the supervillain, who flees with Robin. Batman's pursuit is interrupted by Superman, and the two heroes fight each other ("To Be A Man"). Superman dominates the fight until Batman brings out a chunk of Kryptonite, weakening Superman and leaving him lying powerless in the street. Batman corners Sweet Tooth, but the villain attempts to throw Robin into a vat of boiling hot chocolate. Batman saves Robin and lets Sweet Tooth fall into the vat instead, but not before Sweet Tooth activates the Warhead launch and successfully poisons the water supply. Robin is appalled that Batman would leave Gotham City to die, and after checking the Facebook poll, it is revealed that the people of Gotham chose to sacrifice themselves instead of killing Robin.
Realizing that he can believe in the people of Gotham City after all, Batman puts aside his pride and calls on Superman to save the day, mending the rift between them. Superman travels back in time by flying around the world until he reverses the rotation of the Earth, which allows him to intercept the Warhead before it can be deployed and throw it into the Sun. With their new friendship established, Superman and Batman form the Super Friendswith various other superheroes ("Super Friends"), including Spider-Man (who is really Alfred in another disguise).
|Nico Ager||Sluggers \ Sherlock Holmes \ Citizen|
|Julia Albain||Vicki Vale \ Evil Mother Goose|
|Chris Allen||Alfred \ Two-face|
|Jaime Lyn Beatty||Candy \ Poison Ivy|
|Jeff Blim||Sweet Tooth|
|Denise Donovan||Catwoman \ Pizza Guy|
|Nick Lang||Robin \ Obama \ Mobster|
|Lauren Lopez||Commissioner Gordon \ Calendar Man \ Evil King Arthur/ Green Arrow|
|Jim Povolo||Matches \ Mr Freeze \ Hawkman|
|Dylan Saunders||Scarecrow \ The Green Lantern \ Mobster \ Egghead|
|Meredith Stepien||The Riddler \ TGI Fridays Worker \ Rachel Dawes \ Dr. Meridian|
|Nicholas Joseph Strauss-Matathia||Penguin \ Cop|
|Joe Walker||Batman \ Chilly Willy|
(*) Bold names denote the actor's onstage Starkid debut
|Act 1||Holy Musical B@man! (song)||Ensemble||3:04|
|Dark, Sad, Lonely Knight||Alfred, Batman, Ensemble||5:32|
|Rogues Are We||Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Mr Freeze, The Riddler, Catwoman||2:15|
|Rogues Are We (Reprise)||Sweet Tooth, Rogues||2:12|
|The Dynamic Duet||Batman, Robin||3:35|
|Act 2||Robin Sucks!||Ensemble||1:31|
|The American Way||Superman, Batman, Sweet Tooth, Ensemble||4:01|
|To Be a Man||Superman, Batman||3:03|
|Nick Gage||Synth 1|
|Scott Lamps||Synth 2|
|Max Evarard||Synth 3|
|Nick Lang||Director, Book|
|Matt Lang||Director, Book|
|Nick Gage||Music, Music Director|
|Scott Lamps||Music Director|
|Corey Lubowich||Set Design|
|Sarah Petty||Light Designer|
|Mark Swiderski||Sound Design|
|Angele Kiessel||Stage Manager|
|Lana McKinnon||Hair and Makeup|
- On Cinema Blend, it was praised for "wacky wordplay, catchy tunes, and good-natured ribbing".
- On Hypable, Goodfinder praised the performances of Jeff Blim, Joe Walker, Brian Holden and Lauren Lopez, but said "Holy Musical B@man just didn't have that StarKid spark." and that "the music stood out too much on its own instead of being a part of the whole show, it was a bit nonsensical and seems aimless at times."
- At ComicsAlliance, Chris Sims praised the show, calling it "surprisingly catchy" and that "the love that the creators have for the character is evident."
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