Opening this spring at the Beck Center for the Arts, Evil Dead: The Musical is based on the cult-classic 1980s horror film and its sequel. The story follows five college students whose spring break at a cabin in the woods turns macabre when they accidentally unleash evil demons.
In true gory spirit, Evil Dead: The Musical features plenty of phony severed limbs and enough fake blood that you may want to consider wearing a raincoat.
“There’s a splash zone where you might get a little wet, and not in a SeaWorld way,” says director Scott Spence. “There are all sorts of cheesy special effects, even a singing moose.”
And then there are the musical numbers, which include the aptly named “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons” and “Ode to an Accidental Stabbing.” There’s also a parody of Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Time Warp” called “Do the Necronomicon.”
Running from May 8 to June 14, it will mark the musical’s Cleveland-area premiere. Spence is enthusiastic about the small production, which features only eight characters.
“Reviewers dubbed it the next Rocky Horror Picture Show,” he says. “I think it’s going to be a tough ticket to get this summer.”
The musical just finished a successful run in Toronto with nearly 400 performances. Since licensing began only recently, the Beck Center is one of the few theaters in the country staging the production.
“It fits right in with our little theater,” Spence says of Evil Dead: The Musical. “It has great title recognition, not to mention it’s just a hysterical show.”