As I've said time and time again, the Evil Dead franchise is my favorite of all horror franchises in cinema history. But did you know that there was a musical based on this cult classic? Oh yes, guys and dolls, this musical first performed on stage in 2003 at the Tranzac club in Toronto, Ontario, the show instantly became a hit and eventually moved on to an off-Broadway run in 2006.
Of course for this musical version to be staged, the approval of both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell was acquired. The New York off-Broadway production started previews on October 2, 2006. The Official Opening Night performance was November 1, 2006 and it ran, performing 8 times per week at the New World Stages. And still to this day, there are productions playing in certain parts of the globe.
The amazing thing about seeing this show live is there is an area called "the spatter zone". This is where in the first three rows, fans can count on becoming soaked in blood. Those who buy tickets in "the spatter zone" are advised to dress down. Most keep the shirts they wore as souvenirs.
The actual music for Evil Dead: The Musical was written by George Reinblatt, Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris, who also was the creative team who produced the show itself. The songs are delightfully catchy and humorous! You can buy the tracks sung by the 2006 original Off-Broadway Cast on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Dead-Musical-Original-Off-Broadway/dp/B000N3ST7U.
Unfortunately for me, this beautiful production is never playing in my area. However, if your like me, you can watch the whole show on YouTube! But I really hope someday I can see Evil Dead: The Musical live. Cause any show you can leave covered in fake blood, I am totally up for!