What the F@#k Was That?
Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music. The songs in the show are completely off the wall as well. Titles like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” and “What the F**k was That?” has had audiences rolling in their seats, and screaming for more and more blood. You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun… this show is for you. Is it scary? No! Is it gory? No. This is a pure comedy start to finish. It has fun with the horror genre, and in doing so appeals to a wider audience than you could ever imagine. Plus it’s the only show with a “Splatter Zone” – a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood. And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects, and really awesome musical numbers, Evil Dead The Musical is unlike any live show you’ve ever seen.
While the Evil Dead films are the definition of cult movies, as a stage show, Evil Dead The Musical has become a cult sensation of its own. The show played Off-Broadway in New York, has broken records in Toronto, has won awards in Korea, launched three North American tours, and has had over 200 productions mounted across the globe. Critics rave about it, with everyone from The New York Times to Maxim Magazine giving it top marks. And because this show appeals to both the fans of the films (of which there’s still tons), and the new audience who loves it purely as a stage show, theatres who put on Evil Dead are blown away by the audience response. Evil Dead The Musical is truly the grooviest show you will ever experience. So what are you waiting for? JOIN US!!!!!
The History of Evil Dead The Musical
Most would have looked at the Evil Dead films, and never thought they could be combined into a musical… but that didn’t stop a group of ambitious young Canadians from giving it a try.
- August, 2003 – in the back room of a small bar in Toronto called the Tranzac Club, Evil Dead The Musical made its debut. And like the movies it was based on, Evil Dead The Musical quickly became a cult sensation. Within days of opening, people were lined up around the block to see this new show (not only because they heard how fantastic it was, but also because the production was too cheap to have a formal ticketing system).
- July, 2004 – With all the attention the show was receiving, other cities became interested in Evil Dead as well. The show opened in Montreal as a featured attraction at the 22nd Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.
- November, 2006 – Evil Dead The Musical made its Off-Broadway debut in New York City at the New World Stages, where it was praised by both fans and critics alike. The cast album from the show even debuted at #4 on the Billboard Show Charts.
- 2007-2008 – Evil Dead The Musical returned to Toronto at the Diesel Playhouse, where it played for over 300 consecutive performances, becoming the longest running Canadian show in Toronto in over two decades. It also won the Dora Audience Choice Award as Toronto’s Favourite Show.
- 2008 – Evil Dead The Musical opened in Korea where it has a very successful run, winning the Musical Award (the Korean equivalent of a Tony) for Best Small Musical Production.
- 2012 – Evil Dead El Musical opened in Madrid, Spain and became an instant hit.
- 2013 – Evil Dead The Musical opened in Las Vegas, where it has played for 5 consecutive years.
- 2013 – Evil Dead The Musical made it’s triumphant return to Toronto for an extended run, coming close to 500 performances in that city alone.
- 2014-2017 – Evil Dead The Musical launches it’s first of three successful North American tours.
In total, there have been over 200 productions of Evil Dead The Musical around the world. From Seoul to Madrid to Tokyo to Las Vegas to Cleveland to Norfolk to Toronto to New York, Evil Dead The Musical has been splattering people with fake blood all across the globe.