To say that I am eagerly anticipating Batman Live, the stage show in which Robin's origin is told through Cirque du Soleil-esque theatrics and horrifying moments where the Joker's teeth and eyes come to life, is a bit of an understatement. I've wanted front row tickets for this thing ever since it was announced, and now, at long last, it looks like I am several thousand steps closer to finally achieving my goal: Next week, Batman Live finally debuts in the United States, kicking off the American leg of their "World Arena Tour."

Unfortunately (for me, anyway), they're kicking things off out in California, and not the unofficial capital of Batmanology that is South Carolina. It's quite an oversight, but one hopes it'll be corrected soon. Check out the tour schedule after the cut!

Anaheim, CA Honda Center Sept. 5-9, 2012

St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center Sept. 13-16, 2012

San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose Sept. 20-23, 2012

Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Sept. 27-30, 2012

Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center Oct. 3-7, 2012

Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena Oct. 10-14, 2012

Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center Oct. 17-21, 2012

Colorado Springs, CO World Arena Oct. 23-24, 2012

Loveland, CO Budweiser Events Oct. 28-28 2012

Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena Nov 13-14, 2012

Sioux City, IA Tyson Event Center Nov 16-18, 2012

Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Nov 23-25, 2012

Green Bay, WI Resch Center Nov. 27-28, 2012

Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Col Dec. 4-5, 2012

St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena Dec. 7-9, 2012

Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Dec. 12-16, 2012

Tulsa, OK BOK Center Dec. 19-23, 2012

San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum Dec. 27-30, 2012

While that schedule takes the show through the end of the year, one assumes that more East coast tour dates will be announced as we get a little closer. If not, however, I may need to figure out where I'm going to fly, because there is no possible way that I am not going to see this show. Seriously: It has a sassy Alfred in it.

For now, though, nobody spoil it for me. I'm already mad that I know there's an army of villains and actually-pretty-creepy corpses hung by chains.

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