- “THE NEXT ROCKY HORROR SHOW!” – The New York Times
- “FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!” - Ain’t It Cool News
- “**** (out of four) BLOODY HILARIOUS! A WINNER! DEVILISHLY ENTERTAINING AND ONE HELL OF A FUN NIGHT OUT! --The Toronto Star
- “THE MUST-SEE SHOW OF THE SEASON!”- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- “A bloody awesome spectacle!” - Toronto Star
- “A ridiculous amount of fun a visual feast” - Variety
- Evil Dead The Musical, winner of the 2007 Dora Audience Choice Award as Toronto’s favourite – groovy!
ABOUT THE SHOW
"Freakin' awesome!" "Bloody hilarious!" "A demented delight!" "What the F@#k Was That?!
Those are just some of the comments from critics and audiences all over the world after seeing Evil Dead The Musical… the only musical in the world where audiences can sit in the "Splatter Zone."
The musical comedy sensation takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead 2" and "Army of Darkness," then combines them to make one of the craziest 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 set to a galvanic score of rock ‘n' roll, pastiche tunes, and get down in the aisles and boogey music.
The songs in the show are completely off the wall: titles like "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "What the F@#k Was That" will have your audiences rolling in their seats and screaming for more and more blood.
Audiences don't need to be a fan of the "Evil Dead" franchise to love this show. They don't need to be a fan of horror to love this show. They don't even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as the audience is seeking a fun night out…. this is the show for them.
Traditional theatre critics have praised this show with media as diverse as The New York Times to Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV , Entertainment Weekly and Maxim Magazine giving it top marks.
Many musicals nowadays are based on movies. But Evil Dead-The Musical may be the only musical in recent history to be based on a series of movies.
Dating back to 1981, the "Evil Dead" films combined to make one of the most beloved cult franchises in the history of cinema. Directed by Sam Raimi ("Spider Man"), and starring cult icon, Bruce Campbell, these movies used comedy, gore, slapstick, blood, one-liners, and some of the most creative camera techniques ever seen to revolutionize the horror genre.
Some might have looked at these films, and never thought they could be combined into a musical… but that didn't stop a group of ambitious young people in Toronto from giving it a try. And in August, 2003, in the back room of a small bar 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. With all the attention the show was receiving, other cities became interested in Evil Dead as well. In 2004, the show opened in Montreal as a featured attraction at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.
And in November 2006, Evil Dead The Musical made its Off-Broadway debut in New York City where it was praised by both the fans and critics alike. The cast album from the show even debuted at #4 on the Billboard Show Charts.
But even with the successes of New York and Montreal, everyone behind Evil Dead The Musical wanted nothing more than to see the show return to the city where it all began. And in May 2007, Evil Dead The Musical opened at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, and was such a hit that it became the longest running Canadian show in Toronto in over two decades. As a testament to how much the hometown crowd loved this show, Evil Dead even won the Dora Audience Choice Award as Toronto's Favourite Show.
With the success of the show in Toronto, productions began springing up all over the world. Seoul, Tokyo, Las Vegas and some 350 other locations… wherever there were theatre fans twisted enough to want some blood with their musicals, there was bound to be a production.