In 2006, theater became a whole lot bloodier when Evil Dead: The Musical began its off-Broadway run. Since then, the show, which was adapted from filmmaker Sam Raimi‘s cult films, has delighted audiences all over the world with its gory song-and-dance numbers. Now a local company wants to bring this wacky horror hit to Pittsburgh, but first they need a little help.
No Name Players recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Evil Dead: The Musical to Off The Wall Theater. Conceived by George Reinblatt, the hard-rocking musical comedy follows five friends to an old abandoned cabin in the woods where they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil force hell-bent on converting them to Candarian demon zombies. That is, until Ash Williams, an unassuming S-Mart employee, wields a sawed-off shotgun and chainsaw to become a demon killing hero! Don DiGiulio will direct the Pittsburgh show, which will feature music direction by Joseph P. Stamerra and choreography by Kaitlin Dann of Attack Theatre.
The Kickstarter funds will go toward the ambitious professional special effects needed to recreate Raimi’s bizarre and terrifying universe. Steve Tolin, an award-winning FX artist and owner of Tolin FX, will create all the severed limbs, shotgun wounds, and various other bloody business necessary to make this a performance to remember. Visit the campaign page for more details. Contributions will be accepted through May 3rd.
Evil Dead: The Musical will open at Off The Wall Theater on June 13th and will run through June 28th. Tickets are available for $15 at Showclix, $20 at the door.