The Oklahoma debut run of “Evil Dead: The Musical” is being extended into November after the hilariously horrific stage show sold out all its originally planned October shows.
The musical made its Sooner State premiere Oct. 2 at Scream Country Haunted Forest’s Boomstick Theater in Drumright. It was supposed to run 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through this weekend, but the show has proven popular enough to warrant more performances.
“We’ve had a really good response. It’s been a lot of fun,” said Chance Newman, who is directing the Oklahoma production.
Scream Country added 11:30 p.m. shows for Oct. 23 and this Saturday and now has extended the run to Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 18-19. Because of the coming time change, November showtimes are set for 8 p.m.
“Evil Dead: The Musical” is based on Sam Raimi’s cult classic film franchise. Newman said many of the shows have featured “Evil Dead” fans quoting along with the dialogue.
The two-act song-and-dance show follows the storylines of 1981’s “The Evil Dead” and the 1987 remake/sequel “Evil Dead 2,” with a scene from 1992’s “Army of Darkness” thrown in. Five college students travel to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash evil forces seeking to possess them. These ghoulish events transform one of the students, Ash (played by Bruce Campbell in the movies), from a mild-mannered S-mart housewares employee into a demon-killing hero with a chainsaw arm and double-barreled shotgun, or “boomstick.”
Limbs are severed. Demons tell bad jokes in between possessions. Blood flies so far and with such frequency that the first five rows are dubbed the “splatter zone.” And it’s all set to a musical score that includes a country song, a ’50s doo-wop number and a spoof of the “Grease” theme “Summer Nights.”
“We just keeping adding more stuff to, adding more blood, adding more makeup,” Newman said. “We’ve added a lot more blood, so that’s been good.”
In other words, people who purchase “splatter zone” tickets can expect to get drenched with “real fake blood,” because the show has become more splattery with each passing performance.
“Now it looks like a lake when you’re done,” he said. “And it seems like the more (blood) we add, the happier they are.”
For information and tickets, call (918) 409-0274 or go to www.evildeadok.com.
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