High-Energy & Low-Brow

Originally posted to EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL site 9/24/13 – You’ll be seeing a lot of these archival posts from my days with EVIL DEAD to make sure they don’t get lost in case the original site goes down. Plus it is a bit of fun to stroll down memory lane…

Originally Posted December 10, 2012

If you find yourself in Las Vegas, no self-respecting horror fan has any excuse to miss EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL.

This singing, dancing, and swearing Sin City production of the musical based on Sam Raimi’s horror film series is currently being staged at the V Theater by the twisted folks at Sirc Michaels Productions. Bringing together the minimalist elements of a indie black box theatre with a sexy script, inventive sets and props, and comedy that’s true to the gore and slapstick of its source material, Evil Dead: The Musical in Las Vegas is a must for any Evil Dead fan. It will splatter you with blood and swallow your soul — because deadites don’t spit.

Evil Dead: The Musical takes the show back to the down-and-dirty, not-always-so-perfect roots of the Sam Raimi movies, and it’s exactly this charming lack of polish that gives it a home-grown atmosphere that is hard to find in the glittered-up neon pleasure world of Las Vegas. The entire cast and crew of Evil Dead: The Musical hit the stage with gusto to deliver a fully immersive comedy experience that’s as high-energy as it is low-brow.

Above all, Evil Dead: The Musical’s crowning success is the way it lets the audience become a part of the show. “First of all, the production in Vegas breaks the 4th wall,” boasts director/producer Sirc Michaels (aka Chris Palkow). “The actors at moments interact directly with the audience. The audience is encouraged to yell, interact, and have a good time.” Indeed, some of the funniest moments my wife and I had attending Evil Dead: The Musical were when actors deviated from the script to engage with the audience, take jabs at them, or find unexpected ways to drench them in blood. Oh yes, the blood! Evil Dead: The Musical showers 20 gallons of blood on the ticket holders lucky enough to buy seats in the Splatter Zone. It is truly, as Michaels describes it, “a no-holds-barred shower in blood. People leave red from head to toe.” Since the show began last year, Michaels estimates they’ve shed “between 2500 and 3000 gallons of blood” in total.

The Las Vegas run of Evil Dead: The Musical has plenty to like: severed heads, plenty of laughs, chainsaws, guns, demons, dancing corpses, and sexy girls who become more naked with each scene. It’s indie-vibe and passionate performances were some consolation for not getting Splatter Zone seats, but anyone planning on hitting this horror show off the strip better not make the same mistake.

If you go (and by Bruce Campbell’s mighty chin you should go), go to get bloody!

Hey guys! Chris Palkow aka Sirc Michaels here. I wanted to reiterate that this is NOT my original story, but it IS something I give a crap about! I hope you find it informative and interesting! Leave your comments and share!


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