Bruce Wayne famously chose the bat as his superhero persona because it struck fear into the hearts of criminals and the costume design proved easier than Commitment-Man. Witness his exploits firsthand with this GrouponLive deal to see Batman Live at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose from the following options:
- For $36, you get one ticket for seating in orange sections 101–105, 116–120, 206–208, or 223–225 on Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. (up to a $59.25 value, including all fees).
- For $39, you get one ticket for seating in orange sections 101–105, 116–120, 206–208, or 223–225 (up to a $69.95 value, including all fees). For this option, choose from the following shows:
- Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, October 12, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Batman Live weaves a coming-of-age tale with appearances from the caped crusader's most famous friends and foes. After an opening that recounts the iconic hero's tragic origins, the show jumps forward to the tale of Dick Grayson, who becomes Bruce Wayne's ward and crime-fighting partner, Robin. Moving through Gotham City's underworld, the two tangle with such iconic villains as the Penguin, Poison Ivy, and Two Face before a climactic showdown with the Joker.
Fabulous set pieces include the dark, twisting Batcave, the Penguin's lurid, pink-and-purple-tinted Iceberg Lounge, and the decaying Gothic labyrinth of Arkham Asylum, acrobats and high-wire artists swirl around the martial-arts theatrics of the lead actors. Dazzling, custom-built technology adds extra dazzle to the show, including a Batmobile conceived by legendary racecar designer Gordon Murray and a 100-foot, bat-shaped LED screen praised by the Guardian as "the real star of the show" for its action-complementing hi-def images and gracious post-performance autograph signing.
Batman Live's stunning fights and gravity-defying stunts were conceived by British choreographer Anthony Van Laast, whose credits include worldwide tours of Mamma Mia! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; US tours of Jesus Christ Superstar and My Fair Lady; and staging for Siegfried and Roy's Las Vegas show. Technical director Jake Berry brings the engineering know-how of his eponymous production house, which created the mind-melting spectacles of U2's 360 Tour and Walking With Dinosaurs – The Live Arena Show.
Originally opening in England before its US tour, the show garnered positive reactions from the London press, including the Telegraph, which lauded it as a "live-action drama stuffed with dazzling special effects, retina-popping visuals and improbable feats of derring-do, all choreographed within a Catwoman's whisker of perfection."