Budding comedy writers George Reinblatt and friend Christopher Bond were unemployed and fresh out of university more than a decade ago when they came up with a cockamamie plan to create their own musical.
“We just wanted to do something to showcase ourselves. It was just long ago enough that there was no YouTube. We decided to put on a live show,” Reinblatt recalled.
Evil Dead The Musical debuted in the summer of 2003 with little fanfare in the back room of the Tranzac Club, on Brunswick Avenue. The live stage production captures the essence of the cult classic horror films, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness helmed by Sam Raimi and starring his high school friend Bruce Campbell. The musical follows five college students as they end up in an abandoned cabin in the woods where they mistakenly unleash an evil force, turning them all into demons. Bloody mayhem ensues as Ash, the housewares employee-turned demon killer – with the help of his chain saw – is forced to save the day.
“I think it’s a bizarre movie to adapt into a musical, but it has great moments. Amazingly, it’s got great source material,” Reinblatt said. “I wanted to make a live musical experience fun. We insisted there had to be drinking in the theatre. Our musical is the only musical where you’ll see 20 straight guys giggling together.”
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