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UPDATED WITH VIDEO!! We've Got A Review Of EVIL DEAD... THE MUSICAL!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. If I was in New York, I'd see this in a heartbeat. The very idea that this exists - and that people seem to dig it so far - entertains me enormously.

Harry, You may have already run something on the Toronto production, but I thought I'd send you a capsule review of the new Off-Broadway soon-to-be-cult hit "Evil Dead: The Musical". (It opens on November 1 -- The Day of the Dead.) Minor spoilers follow to those who haven't seen the films... I caught a preview last night, and in short - "Evil Dead: The Musical" is Fan-freaking-tastic. The show is a combination of the original Evil Dead, and Evil Dead II (with a smattering thrown in from "Army of Darkness"). This is a very smart move on the part of the creators, as the first film's plot of 5 friends alone at a haunted cabin in the woods is far more accessible to theatregoers who have not seen the original films (not to mention allowing them to raise the body count...). But don't worry, essentially the whole plot of the second film is in there too, and the whole thing blazes along wickedly with a wonderful cast, all of whom have their tongues firmly planted in cheek. Yes, it is played as a splatter comedy, along the lines of "Evil Dead II". And it totally works - the piece is both bloody and funny as hell - not only is the onstage world very heightened to the point of hilarity, but the creators have made the piece very self aware (as to plot holes and contrivances) as well as peppering the show with tons of in-jokes to the Deadite faithful. And a note - this is not some low-rent sketch comedy knock-off. This musical has been endorsed by virtually everyone associated with the film. It is truly the "Official" version - with a killer set (literally), elaborate puppetry and as I alluded to...a virtuallly unending supply of blood (especially in Act II). Adventurous viewers should definitely buy tickets for the "Splatter Zone", the first three rows of the theatre, where you WILL get fake blood on you (possibly all over you, depending on the exact location of your seat - note, ushers do pass out complimentary ponchos to Splatter Zone patrons at intermission). There is not a weak link in the cast - a truly awesome ensemble all around (serious rock singing, athletic dancing, zany acting - all top notch), but special notice must be given to Ryan Ward, whose Ash is Dead-on (pun definitely intended). Although the entire show is played as a heightened comedy, Ryan manages to give us a taste of the original, tamer Evil Dead I Ash in Act I - slowly evolving until he finally becomes "ASH" as Act II begins. The man absolutely gets it (and he is obviously a HUGE fan of the original films). There is not a false note in his performance - a spectacular New York debut. The show is a hoot - in fact, there was a lot of hooting going on - the crowd absolutely ate it up, cheering the end of hilarious musical numbers (like "What the Fuck Was That", "Look Who's Evil Now" and "All The Men In My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons") and of course, often shouting the best lines right along with Ash (as the creators clearly intended). I think it's only scheduled to run through the end of December, but I can't imagine that it won't get extended. Seriously - this could be another "Little Shop". The placed was packed with a very young, very hip theatre crowd, many of whom I heard discussing coming again (myself included). So New York AICN'ers - get your tickets now! If you use this, call me Darth Soderbergh.


Merrick here... Firedie called this one to our attention: it's a scene from the musical!

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  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:43 a.m. CST

    first!

    by mattyholmes

    www.obsessedwithfilm.com

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Groovy!

    by Boba Fat

    Hope this makes it to London

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Fantastic

    by Samson_K

    In New York you get The Evil Dead musical in the UK we get a three hour long Dirty Dancing musical and Daddy Cool - a musical based on the hits of Boney M!!!! Damn it and damn your revolution! Sigh!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST

    rocky horror 2!

    by thegoldencalf

    this should take the mantle and play all over the world!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Samson -K

    by Boba Fat

    What we need is Daddy Cool Vs The Army Of Darkness.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:01 a.m. CST

    There's a Deadite in the Ring?

    by Samson_K

    It does have hatchet faced Michelle Collins in it and I am one hundred percent sure she is only one second away from jumping onto the ceiling and screeching at any given time!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Deady Cool?

    by Boba Fat

    and "Boney M" is fine as it is.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:23 a.m. CST

    By the Rivers of Blood and Bone!

    by Samson_K

    That's all I got!!!!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Plant!

    by DoodlyDingDongTickTock

    lol. faggots. thats what people would be shouting if this was a movie review. i've half a mind to fly 3000 miles just to see it.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Another disappointed UK geek

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    This is a brilliantly ludicrous idea and it would make for a pretty great Halloween night out, I think. For some reason, when I think of this Evil Dead musical it reminds me of the Wednesday and Pugsley Shakespeare scene from one of those Addams Family films. I would very much like to see this, so let's hope it comes to England at some point (and let's hope they don't hire any ex-boyband members to play Ash).

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:13 a.m. CST

    I can so see it...

    by Ridge

    If its as good as it sounds, it could be this generations Little Shop of Horrors, easily.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:34 a.m. CST

    I hope whoever makes this....

    by MattCG

    realizes the huge market for a DVD version of it for the rest of us who cannot fucking see it.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Now for Evil Dead 4...

    by FilmFanatik

    If it ever happens.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Why is the kid in the ad staring at Wil Smith's crotch?

    by rev_skarekroe

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Sounds awesome...

    by v for vienetta

    ...really hope someone's smart enough to do a UK production. Splatter Zone baby!!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Saw this last week

    by slone13

    Quite a good time. I highly recommend the "splatter zone" if you don't mind a little fake blood. The man himself, Bruce Campbell, will be doing a Q & A after the November 2nd show. They dropped the price of tickets to $25 for the rest of the run. Any Evil Dead fans in New York should defintely check it out.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Really really good!

    by Atomik Steve

    Saw this show on their very first preview night, October 2nd. The show was fantastic! I liked the show because it was fun and didn't take itself too seriously. The guy who plays Ash is fantastic. Splatter Zone is definitely the place to be! Also, as Slone13 mentioned above, Bruce will be there for 2 shows in early November. Wish I could go again!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Guess I'll havta say it...

    by Cold Winter Wind

    ...Gimme Some SUGAR, Baby

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Death, dismemberment and dance numbers!

    by RenoNevada2000

    The Broadway feel good hit of the season! <b> Anyway, I read another good, indepth review here- http://tinyurl.com/yj9jzu

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    This show was awful

    by HarrisTelemacher

    I hate to be the first to say this, but I saw this two weeks ago and was shocked at how terrible it was. Just amateurish and unfunny and a terrible wasted opportunity. I couldn't even conceive that I would leave the theater hatin this, as its a concept seemingly impossible to fuck up, but boy, did they ever. The actors mug and act "funny" the whole way through, the guy playing Ash is wretched, the whole thing stinks of pandering. It has a wildly low estimation of its target audience. Every quotation from the film (and there are way to many-like 30 or so) is delivered straight to the audience with a wink and a nod. The blood sequences are stupid-the actors just pull out a visible bladder and dump it on the front row. Save your money, do not see this. Certainly don't go come to New York just to see it. Need further proof? They actually rip off a joke from Billy Madison ("If bleeding to death is cool, consider me Miles Davis!")

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I'm not one fo those people, but...

    by DanielKurland

    Why is this a news item? This musical has been out for over a year? Why is it just being reported on now?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    plant!

    by Argentino

    naaa, I'm just jelous I live in the other side of the world and can't watch it for myself

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 6:27 a.m. CST

    So Is An Anti-Plant Considered A Weed?

    by tonagan

    Just thinking out loud...

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Sounds awesome!

    by hedetoft

    Truly! Would love to see it! Hell I would love to film this and turn it into a really nice DVD. So if you are reading this, just send me a mail and we work something out! André Hedetoft Geek Movie Director Join my Fan Club so that I get to make my next movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a plant to me, but I'm going next Sat...

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    Even if this review was a plant. So what. It still sounds like a cool idea. slone13 sounds like he's not a musical fan, which is fine. I think I would compare this to the Dad's Garage version of "Cannibal: The Musical!" Which was fucking brilliant. Then again, it was Trey Parker who wrote the songs. I don't know the backstory on the comedy writers of Evil Dead : The Musical. If you are a fan of this type of psychosis, try "Silence of the Lambs: The Musical" and sing along... Put the fucking lotion in the basket...

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Cannibal: The Musical

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    http://www.cannibalthemusical.net/

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Silence of the Lambs: The Musical

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    www.jonandal.com

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Se7en: The Musical

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    www.jonandal.com

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Fox News: The Musical

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    www.jonandal.com

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    RoboCop: The Musical

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    www.jonandal.com

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Whoops-sloan13 liked it. HarrisTelemacher hated it.

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    Sorry sloan13. My bad.

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Slap it on DVD and sell it!

    by ZeroCorpse

    Not everyone lives in New York! Cannibal the Musical has a special place on my DVD shelf, right by the Evil Dead films. . . Adding this would fill that gap between them!

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead: The Music Video

    by Owns Your Brain

    How about watching all three evil dead movies in 4 minutes? This was made out of NOTHING but the DVDs of the Evil Dead movies: http://tinyurl.com/zvl7g

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Actually, I'm kind of a musical geek

    by HarrisTelemacher

    Which may have had something to do with why I hated it. I was hoping for a show along the lines of Little Shop of Horrors or Batboy, but it doesn't even come close to Cannibal quality. Seriously, this show sucks all hell.