Hold on to your head (hardy, har, har)! Re-Animator – The Musical is upon us. At least, it is for you lucky sons of bitches with some sort of proximity to Los Angeles’ Steve Allen Theater.
This would be a cool project on its own, but considering that Stuart Gordon is actually directing this sucker, it’s a must see. In 1985 Stuart Gordon directed his first feature film and created a sensation. It was “Re-Animator,” a smashing success based on a horror story by H.P. Lovecraft. The film delivered as many laughs as it did screams, making it a cult classic among horror fans, and won a Critic’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Now Gordon is back with his co-writers Dennis Paoli and William J. Norris and composer/lyricist Mark Nutter to turn “Re-Animator” into a musical for the stage.
Special effects are being done by the same guys who did them for the 1985 movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin, and John Beuchler. And the blood will flow so freely that the first row will literally be designated as a “splash zone.” Needless to say, the show is not for small children.
The cast stars George Wendt (Cheers), Chris L. McKenna (King of the Ants), and Jesse Merlin (Star of The Beastly Bombing). Also starring are Rachel Avery, Mark Beltzman, Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, and Liesel Hanson, and introducing Graham Skipper as Herbert West.
Preview: Feb. 18th-Mar. 4, Fri-Sun nights at 8pm.
Opening Night: Mar. 5th at 8pm. Fri-Sun nights at 8pm thru March 27.
Check out The Steve Allen Theater for directions and additional information.
And while this song is not actually part of Re-Animator – The Musical, it should be. By God, it should be.
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