EVIL DEAD -THE MUSICAL graced the stage of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K Polk Theater this past weekend in a hilarious, evil explosion of campy jokes, witty tunes, dismembered body parts, dirty talking zombies, and gratuitous amounts of blood.
Recipient of the 2007 Dora Audience Choice Award as Toronto’s favorite show, the musical combines elements of Sam Raimi’s cult classics Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness to create a record-breaking musical comedy and truly original Halloween date night experience. EVIL DEAD – THE MUSICAL tells the gore filled story of five college students stranded in an abandoned cabin in the woods, who accidentally unleash a force of pure evil.
David Sajewich executed spot-on comedic timing as the dashing, cheesy, chainsaw “armed” and unlikely hero, Ash. Callie Johnson busted out some unexpected and soulful vocals as the foul-mouthed possessed sister of Ash, Shelly. Andrew Di Rosa was an audience favorite and cast highlight as the feisty and hilarious hillbilly, Jake. The entire cast had the audience rolling in laughter, and cheering at the delivery of famous lines from the cult classic film.
They also offer some pretty sweet merchandise including an array of evil inspired t-shirts and buttons, foam chainsaws hands, blood splattered tea towels, and “Look Who’s Evil Now” embroidered scarves and toboggans.
Nashville Ballet’s Swan Lake with The Nashville Symphony was also performing this past weekend at TPAC, October 17 through October 19, 2014, in the Andrew Jackson Hall. Kudos to TPAC for offering a wide spectrum of theater options, and with two very different versions of the many faces of live performance in the same weekend. It’s a beautiful thing when one can be moved by the grace of Swan Lake, and, under the same roof, laugh until they cry at dirty jokes and fake blood splatter.
If you were unable to attend, be sure to keep an eye out for this fantastic gem of a show. Until then you can study up on the witty lyrics by checking out the EVIL DEAD- THE MUSICAL Soundtrack, so next time you’ll be able to sing along with all the evil fun.