I remember a few years ago, i was online reading movie news as usual, when i saw a post on a musical adaptation of The Evil Dead! As being a huge Evil Dead fan aswell as a fan of musicals(RHPS ftw!) i was geeked up. I always planned on seeing it someday on the coast or what have you, but about a month ago i noticed something on the bulletin board at work. Evil Dead the Musical, one town over, a community college production. Ran for 6 days, i finally got around to seeing it on one of the last presentations, and indeed it was worth it.
Got to campus about 45 minutes before showtime, but it was SOLD OUT, i needed two tickets, we were told if we waited, we could get some from people who may have reserved seats but didn't show, or if they miscounted the seats. Luckily a few fools passed on the chance to see a very fun horror musical. We were seated in the front row, square center, a nice fog machine was going setting ambience along with a red light that would make hookers proud. The show started and as expected with a college production, the props & sets were cheap, but in had a certain unique charm(plus some muscle). Some props included a fisher price radio as the tape recorder, an orange & purple shotgun, and some far out wigs made out of what appeared to be construction paper.
Ash was black and Cheryl was white so they kept reffering to themselves as half siblings, they along with the other actors all did a pretty good job. Ash was cocky in his monolouge moments of reflection, Cheryl was fantastic all night with her puns, Scott was so over the top awesome, Shelly who is a dimbo in the musical version was a very fun change. Linda was rather shy it felt but still good, and the actors who played Annie, Ed & Good Ol' Reliable Jake was awesome, especialy Jake, who ran with the role, and was possibly the best part.
Changes were made from the film a tad bit, BObbie Jo was taken out, as explained by Jake, having already heard about the girl being attacked by trees earlier(Cheryl) that Bobbie would be redundant! Great lil inside jokes were thrown in about Raimi and Spider Man, and Bruce Campbell just to name a few. Do the Necronomiconwas probably the best musical number, which featured an actual dance routine and even mentions the TIME WARP! Army of Darkness was only shown with the end S Mart scene and a brief refference to medieval times.
Now what about the blood? Well as many know, the musical is a splatter fest and the first few rows usualy get hit, well, this one used silly string, and being in the front row, and dead center, my uncle & i recieved silly string facials, which we bagged up as a memento!
All in all it was a great time & for $5 a ticket, how can you go wrong? If they ever do it again, i'll definetly go, and i'd love to see other cities perform it, and the chance to be covered in blood! You can watch a few productions on youtube, and they are great. In closing, as being one who is against remakes, i hate the idea of an Evil Dead remake, but if they did Evil Dead the Musical for the big screen, i'd be all for it, wouldn't really be a remake imo, just a musical homage. Now Gimme Some Sugar Baby!!!