This is where the fun begins, however, as our hero Ash, much like in the movies, battles each zombie with his wits and his chainsaw -- and with an added shimmy here and a cheeky one-liner there. As Ash carves away at the head of another former friend (now undead foe) with his trusty chainsaw, nearby audience members are doused with blood.
Much like the Splash Zone in Sea World (except everyone here gets speckled with zombie blood versus Shamu splash), Evil Dead: The Musical touts a popular Splatter Zone. Those brave enough to sit in the first three rows of this production can expect to get absolutely drenched in ghoulish hemoglobin. It is a welcome component of the show for some, as audiences in other cities have been embracing the gore by dressing all in white.
On top of dismembered body parts bespattering fake blood everywhere, Evil Dead: The Musical comes packed with saucy musical numbers too. The lively "Do the Necronomicon" hints at the campy glee of "The Time Warp," and the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" is a genuine crowd pleaser. The f-bomb-laced "Ode to an Accidental Stabbing" is a romp-roaring rib-tickler. These salacious, innuendo-filled choruses were so popular that the cast album from the 2006 off-Broadway production debuted at number four on the Billboard showtunes charts.
A production even theater haters will love wrapped up in a musical made for the horrorphiles' heart, Evil Dead: The Musical provides entertainment for every whim and demon fancy.
Evil Dead: The Musical. Thursday to Saturday, November 20 to 22, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $36.50 to $73.50. Visit parkerplayhouse.com, or call 954-462-0222. Warning: This show contains strong language and ghoulish high jinx not suitable for children 12 and under.