So this post is inspired both by yesterday’s Rocky Horror homage and my learning at Venice Little Theater, way back near my hometown of Sarasota, is doing a production of Evil Dead the Musical.
Yes! There is a musical version of Sam Raimi’s horror-schlock classic! I haven’t been lucky enough to see it, but evidently there is a blood splash zone. Also, clever songs such as these:
Um, youtube is full of lots of videos of community theaters doing the musical, but I did find this jaunty montage of the original production:
Like, ohmygod y’all, how fun does that look?!
About a year and a half ago I saw the musical adaptation of The Toxic Avenger, which I believe is a Troma film from way back some time ago. Since it is not nearly as well known as The Evil Dead: Basically a nerdy man gets dipped in his Jersey town’s toxic waste garbage plant and he comes out a big gross super mutant who takes revenge upon polluters while wooing the local hot blind librarian. This is what happens in the musical, evidently the movie is a bit less political. Also, Nancy Opal is in it, and in one scene she plays two characters having a conversation with each other, she is so fierce.
Also, a Carrie Musical happened in 1988. Yes, a Carrie musical. Betty Buckley plays the mom y’all. She sings this crazy song to called “Eve Was Weak” before shoving Carrie into the Jesus Closet.
This musical was pretty much a failure so documentation is scarce. But man, fierce.
Broadway is nerd-friendly too.