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  • 'Evil Dead: The Musical' - Variety 11/2/06

    Evil Dead: The Musical

    (New World Stages; 499 seats; $66 top)

    Tom Walker, left, Jenna Coker, Brandon Wardell, Jennifer Byrne and Darryl Winslow camp it up in 'Evil Dead: The Musical.'

    NEW YORK A Jenkay, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment, Just for Laughs Live presentation of a musical in two acts with book and lyrics by George Reinblatt, music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt. Directed by Hinton Battle and Christopher Bond. Music direction, Daniel Feyer. Choreography, Battle.

    Ash - Ryan Ward
    Cheryl - Jenna Coker
    Linda - Jennifer Byrne

    Evil Dead: The Musical" should be a disaster. Many people have tried to turn Gen X cultural artifacts into campy theater, and most have produced smug fiascos pretending to be comedy. This tuner -- based on the trilogy of cult-fave, low-budget horror pics from "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi -- even apes the formula of those failures: It has self-aware jokes, ironically earnest songs and a tacit assertion that the creators think their entire project is a goof. And yet it works. The show's wit, gore and stage magic make it a ridiculous amount of fun.

    Adapting the tale of a noble teenager who must butcher his friends after they're possessed by demons, it's clear that producers and creatives want to manufacture a cult hit of their own. There are weekend perfs at 11 p.m., and the theater's first three rows are designated as a "splatter zone" where fake blood will hit the audience. While protective plastic ponchos are supplied, many splatter-zoners are deliberately wearing clothes that will show off the carnage.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'Evil Dead: The Musical' - Variety 11/2/06

    Evil Dead: The Musical to End
    Off-Broadway Run Feb. 17

    By Ernio Hernandez
    30 Jan 2007

    The Off-Broadway comedy Evil Dead: The Musical has announced its final performance will be Feb. 17. A tour and regional productions are in the works.

    By the end of its run, Evil Dead will have played 126 regular performances and 34 previews. The show will end its New York run at the 11 PM performance.

    Jenkay LLC, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment and Just For Laughs Live present the "killer musical," which began previews Oct. 2, 2006, and opened Off-Broadway Nov. 1. The show just reached its 100th performance Jan. 26.

    The cast went into the studio Dec. 17 to record the original cast album on the Time Life label. A release date is slated for this spring.

    "Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story," reveals a press release, "[where] boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive."
    Tickets to Evil Dead: The Musical at New World Stages' Stage 1, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or at the box office. For more information, visit
    Evil Dead.
    photo by Carol Rosegg
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Re: 'Evil Dead: The Musical' - Variety 11/2/06

      i cannot begin to tell you how much i want to see this!
      Will there be screams when the sun sets,
      -=Is It October Yet?=-

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