Now here’s something that might actually get my lazy butt to finally trek to Martinez and check out the Willows Theatre’s fancy new cabaret theater (the home of every Nunsense show known to God and mankind).
Willows is producing the cult classic EVIL DEAD: The Musical at the Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward Street in Martinez, CA, June 13-July 26, 2008. Billed as “disarmingly funny” and the musical that “would kill you to miss it,” EVIL DEAD is part rock opera, part Alice Cooper, part Rocky Horror…and totally for the kid in all of us who dares to be scared.
If, like me, you’re an EVIL DEAD novice, here’s the gist: Five college students break into an abandoned cabin in the woods and unleash evil spirits, turn into Candarian Demons…and sing show tunes!
Sam Raimi’s classic 80’s horror films are brought to … er … life. As musical mayhem descends on this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with numbers like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “What the F*** Was That?” and “Do the Necronomicon.” EVIL DEAD is one of the few musicals we know to feature a “Splatter Zone” – where the gore hits the floor. Think Gallagher smashing those watermelons – only yuckier.
A limited number of tickets for the front section “Splatter Zone” will be available for each performance. Tickets are $30 for Splatter Zone, $25 for farther back and out of range. There is a $5 discount for students with I.D. Call 925-798-1300 or visit the Willows Theatre www.willowstheatre.org. Tickets go on sale April 15.
The Campbell Theatre is at 636 Ward St. in downtown Martinez, one block east of Main Street at the corner of Estudillo Street.
Here’s a taste (and it’s R-rated, so proceed with caution):
There’s more at myspace.com/evildeadthemusical