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 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!