Given that movies like Night of the Living Dead, Cannibal: The Musical, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show have already spawned horror-comedy stage musicals, the question is not, “Why create a musical based on the Evil Dead franchise?” so much as, “What took them so long?” The “them” in this case is composer Christopher Bond, book writer/lyricist George Reinblatt, and a couple of other renegade Canadians — longtime fans of the Sam Raimi trilogy who, in 2002, took the first step in making their musical a reality: They found Bruce Campbell’s email online and asked his permission. With the blessing of the original Ash — as well as Raimi and the movies’ producers — the team premiered Evil Dead: The Musical a year later, and it has been polished and improved ever since, thanks in part to an off-Broadway run and an ongoing engagement on the Vegas Strip.
Now, the show’s national tour will swing by Fort Lauderdale for four shows only, promising headless chainsaw wielders, severed heads that won’t shut up, hands that take on lives of their own, and such songs as “What the Fuck Was That?” and “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons.” Ticket buyers, take heed: If you plan on sitting in the “splatter zone,” be prepared to don a poncho and maybe some goggles, because it will be a bloody good time. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, located at 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $36.50 to $73.50. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014