Music Theatre International has acquired Evil Dead The Musical for licensing, with the title expected to become available later this spring. Adapted from the cult classic film franchise, the musical features a book and lyrics by George Reinblatt; music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, and Reinblatt; additional lyrics by Bond; and additional music by Rob Daleman.
The campy musical mixes elements from both The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 for a comedic—and bloody—experience. The story follows five college students in an abandoned cabin in the woods who become transformed into demons after accidentally unleashing an evil force. Ash, a demon-killing hero, is tasked with saving the day with his trusty chainsaw.
The work premiered with a short developmental run in Toronto in 2003, playing Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival the following year. An Off-Broadway premiere came in 2006, after which the musical played Las Vegas, a national tour, and regional theatres nationwide. A cast album was released in 2007. The musical was previously licensed by Dramatic Publishing Company, who also offered a high school version of the script.
"We are so excited that MTI will be licensing Evil Dead The Musical across the world," says Reinblatt, Cipolla, Bond, Morris, and Daleman in a statement. "This show already has such a loyal and rabid fanbase, but now we can’t wait for brand new audiences to experience the groovy, campy madness that is Evil Dead The Musical. So to all the theatres licensing Evil Dead—get ready to break a leg, sever a hand, and have the most bloody fun you’ve ever had on stage!”
"We are thrilled to welcome Evil Dead The Musical to its new home at MTI," adds MTI President and CEO Drew Cohen. "The show has been a proven hit with audiences all over the world, with many theatres repeating it year after year. With the upcoming new Evil Dead film slated for release this April—already receiving high praise at SXSW—there is even more excitement for this unique property. But you don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this musical. Whether a theatre is performing the show again or producing it for the first time, this wildly irreverent musical is unlike any live show you’ve ever seen.”
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