This year's Salt Lake Comic Con was all about paying tribute to the classics. And what better way to pay tribute to one of the truly great cult classics than to put music to it and set it on fire on stage?
Evil Dead: The Musical, based on the trilogy of movies from cult horror hero Sam Raimi and starred a then-unknown Bruce Campbell (both of whom endorse the show). With all the crazy antics of Raimi's movies combined with songs that hearken Grease or Hairspray in the most twisted of ways, EDTM is one show that shouldn't be missed.
Written by George Reinblatt and produced and directed by Sirc Michaels (who does the spirited emcee work of the show), the show stars Ben Stobber as the iconic Ash, Courtney Leone as Ash's girlfriend Annie, Lori Palkow as Ash's sister Cheryl, and Scott Sherman as Ash's friend Scott -- all of whom are massively talented, have wonderful chemistry together, and truly have a love for the movie.
"All of us love the movies," Stoddard said during a Q & A after a short performance at SLCC (which, sadly, was toned down as not to offend the all-ages audience). "Everyone in the cast saw the new Evil Dead about six times in the theater since we were helping to promote it out in Vegas, so it's safe to say we're fans."
During a separate meet and greet panel, Michaels and the cast went into the history of the musical. Starting off in Toronto, EDTM eventually made a very off-Broadway debut in New York before placing roots in the off-strip Onyx Theater (which, oddly enough, shared its space with a fetish shop), all before finding a home in Las Vegas, which is now playing exclusively at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood.
"We're the first local show in Vegas history to start off the strip to reach the strip," Michaels explained. "It definitely gave us a reputation, and the word of mouth from fans has kept us going."
With song titles like "Cabin in the Woods", "Do the Necronomicon", and "What the F**k Was That?", it's hard to deny this musical is as unique as it is fun.
"George [Reinblatt] had a friend who was in Rocky Horror," Michaels explained. "They felt they could make the next Rocky Horror. They came up with Evil Dead: The Musical."
Though there are tours of the musical throughout the country, the officially sanctioned stage show of Evil Dead: The Musical (the one endorsed by Raimi and Campbell) plays every Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood. Follow the link to buy tickets.