What happens when you combine a musical with zombies and the talent of Dad's Garage Theatre Company? Something awesome, titled "Song of the Living Dead."
"Song of the Living Dead" first opened at Dad's Garage in 2008. Now after five years, the zombie production has been revived, or re-animated, whichever you prefer. Having missed the production the first time around and hearing great things about it for years, I was thrilled to find out that Dad's Garage was beginning the new season at their temporary home at 7 Stages with the popular zombie musical.
What begins as a love story on a "perfect day, when nothing could go wrong," turns into a fight for survival against flesh-eating monsters, all while singing and dancing of course. The songs are insanely catchy, with edgy lyrics that you can't get out of your head. (I often find myself singing "Gay for Jesus.") The characters and the actors' portrayals are nothing short of hilarious, such as Gina Rickicki's socially retarded coroner, and co-playwright Travis Sharp's homophobic and racist Reverend Seabrook.
For the icing on the cake, the special effects for "Song of the Living Dead" are done by the ever-talented Chris Brown ("Scarlett's Web"). The first few rows of the theater will get to experience Brown's work up close and personal in the splash zone, but the rest of the audience can still "eww" and "ugh" at the stage gore.
"Song of the Living Dead" is running at 7 Stages on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays now through October 12. 7 Stages is located in Little 5 Points at 1105 Euclid Ave NE, 30307. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dadsgarage.com. You can also follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
Read on for the five questions with Travis Sharp, "Song of the Living Dead" co-playwright and actor.