I've wanted to go see Evil Dead: The Musical since I first heard about the Canadian production in 2003. Being a big fan of the Evil Dead movies and musicals in general, it seemed like something made just for me...but also one of those things that is such a strange abomination that it would die shortly after birth (I'm looking at you Lestat). But it didn't, much like a Kandarian demon infected college student, it would not die. I remember looking a few years later and being very pleasantly surprised that Evil Dead the Musical (EDTM) was still playing in Canada. Ah Canada, you are so lucky...hockey, curling, and EDTM.
I kept trying to find a way to justify a trip to Toronto to see the Evil Dead, but it just wasn't happening...someday Canada, someday I will ride a moose. Finally in 2007, Evil Dead made the jump to Off-Broadway. From there, EDTM has had all kinds of productions across the US. But not Iowa. I kept hoping but was continually let down by the lack of demon possessed plays. Finally, this summer...it was announced. Evil Dead the Musical would be coming to the Stoner Theater. I was very excited. Les Mis and the Evil Dead within a month's time...amazing. I set out to buy tickets as soon as I could...but for which performance? That is always a tough question for me, but this was easy. Of course, I would have to see it Halloween! Oct 31st, what better day to watch the Evil Dead.
I was sure it was going to be awesome, Angie was not so sure...but willing to give it a try (this is just one of the many things I like about her). Unfortunately, Angie has some unavoidable business come up and was forced to miss the show at the last minute...luckily my brother Ryan and his wife Hedda were happy to step in. We had a great time and laughed throughout the show. I would suggest you check it out within the next week (performances end Nov 11th).
If you are unfamiliar with the Evil Dead - it is a horror movie about teenagers who stay at a cabin in the woods and inadvertently conjure demons when the find the Necronomicon. Then it is a fight for survival with shotguns, chainsaws, and lots of blood...your typical, scary stuff right? Not really. It does have some scares and creepiness but it has even more campiness (on purpose) and humor. The musical adaptation expands on the camp and the humor to make it a very fun viewing. It isn't just sex jokes, foul language, and blood though...it tries to answer the tough questions in life like "How did a housewares employee land the perfect girl?" and "How did the perfect girl land a housewares employee?" OK, it is mostly just sex jokes, foul language, and blood...but the show knows that is all it is and owns it. You'll enjoy songs like - What the Fuck Was That?, Bit-Part Demon, and Do the Necronomicon.
Check it out for a laugh, I don't think you will be disappointed...how often do you get to see a singing moose head? Not enough, in my opinion; so you shouldn't pass up the opportunity.