It’s baaaaack! Evil Dead - The Musical returns to the city where it all began
“A bloody awesome spectacle!” - Toronto Star
“A ridiculous amount of fun; a visual feast” - Variety
The hilarious, record-breaking Canadian musical (created by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and Bond) tells the outrageous story of five college friends spending the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods after accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them all into demons.
The original production, based on the Evil Dead film franchise, opened 10 years ago at the Tranzac Club in Toronto and enjoyed an immensely popular run, with 150 productions eventually presented in cities around the world. It has been performed more than 300 times in Toronto, with sold-out houses and rave reviews from critics. The new production, produced by Starvox Entertainment in association with original producer Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment, will feature a Canadian Equity cast consisting of Kenton Blythe, Evan Dowling, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Brianna Love, Alison Smyth, Margaret Thompson, Laura Tremblay and Daniel Williston performing alongside Ward. Staged at the newly renovated Gothic-style Randolph Theatre, the one-of-a-kind venue offers a perfect setting for the hilarious, zombie-inspired story.
“Evil Dead - The Musical is the most fun you can have at the theatre. It’s a show everyone loves – even if you don’t love musicals,” said Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment. “Since being called ‘the next Rocky Horror Show’ by The New York Times, the show is primed to return to Toronto, where all the evil fun started.”
Those familiar with Evil Dead - The Musical will remember that audience members sitting in the designated “Splatter Zone” (the first three rows) get covered in fake blood as the production incorporates some fun ‘real-life’ effects during certain scenes. In addition to some dismembered limbs, demons telling bad jokes, and catchy tunes (“Look Who’s Evil Now”, “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons”), the show features a saucy combination of wit and sexual innuendo that keeps audiences laughing out loud.
About Evil Dead - The Musical:
This musical first glimpsed the light of day in Toronto, where early workshop engagements played to capacity and beyond. While local mainstream theatre audiences flocked to the show, diehard fans of the Evil Dead film series made pilgrimages from across North America to witness the birth of a new cult hit. The popular workshop production enjoyed two sold-out runs at Toronto’s Tranzac Club in 2003 before heading off to Montreal in 2004 as part of the 22nd Just For Laughs Festival. It opened off-Broadway at New World Stages in November 2006 and was produced by Jenkay LLC, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment, and Just for Laughs Live. Evil Dead - The Musical returned to Toronto in 2007 for a record-breaking run of more than 300 performances at the now defunct Diesel Playhouse. The production will enjoy a remount at Toronto’s Randolph Theatre beginning October 24, 2013. This production is slated for an American tour following the Toronto run.