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 October 19, 2011
By MOLLY O’DONNELL – LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
There’s a guy in zombie makeup dropping the F-bomb on a full house every 30 seconds, but the audience seems to be frothing at the mouth for more. Is it surprising that the loudest are the same people who paid extra to sit in the Splatter Zone at Evil Dead: the Musical? The screaming zombie turns out to be director Sirc Michaels (aka Chris Palkow), who explains: “You paid extra to get the T-shirt, so wear it to every production and try to get as bloody as possible.” It promised to be a night filled with audience participation and discomfiture, and it delivered.
The musical itself is a cheeky, self-parodying adaptation of the Evil Dead cult films. You know, a cabin in the woods, a scary old book, a hero battling his own hand with a chainsaw-hand and a “boomstick”—a timeless tale by now. The real pressure for the cast comes in balancing audience interaction (squirting blood on people and making them dance with the zombies flanking them) with singing, dancing and over-the-top acting.
The crowd’s enthusiastic reaction mirrored the production’s execution. So go get yourself a seat in the splatter zone and start your Halloween season off right.
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!