Friday, February 4, 2011

Evil Dead the Musical

Ash and I recently journeyed across state lines to see Evil Dead the Musical. Even though remakes are usually disappointing and neither of us care for musicals, we thought it would be fun to see. Overall, it was an enjoyable show and my complaints mostly have to do with that particular production. The play is a combination of Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness. There wasn’t too much taken from Army of Darkness except the jokes about S-Mart, so the bulk of the show was from the first two movies. If I was a 19-year-old college student who had only seen the Evil Dead movies once or twice, I probably would have enjoyed the show immensely.
The musical began with five college students heading to an abandoned cabin for spring break. The students are Ash, Ash’s sister Cheryl, Ash’s girlfriend Linda, Ash’s friend Scott, and Scott’s slutty girlfriend Shelly. After the kids settle into the cabin, Cheryl gets possessed and starts biting everyone. The first act features great songs, such as “Look Who’s Evil Now, and “What the **** was That?” Even though Ash ends up killing everyone in the cabin, this production was surprisingly un-bloody. It seems that their director was okay with all of the swearing and sex, but fake blood and sound effects crossed the line! This particular production chose to use glitter instead of fake blood, and it wasn’t very effective. I didn’t even notice the glitter until a few gun shots into the show because they didn’t use very much and it wasn’t easy to see.
The second act further developed the characters of the Professor’s daughter Annie, who had some new Necronomicon pages, her boyfriend Ed, and the hillbilly Jake. The audience learns more about Annie when she sings, “All the Men in my Life Keep getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” and Ed and Jake turn into Deadites. All of the zombies keep attacking Ash and Annie, whilst Annie’s clothes keep disappearing. Eventually, Ash saves the day. The show concludes with Ash telling his story in S-Mart, but no one believes him until a Deadite attacks and he saves the day one last time. The show concludes with the best song, “Blew that ***** away,” and they all lived happily ever after!

1 comment:

  1. The show played at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy fest a few years ago, and I quite liked it. Though, it was hugely bloody then. The first 4 rows were a "Splatter Zone" where if you were sitting there, you were getting sprayed with blood.