EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL is coming to town in January! Black Button Eyes Productions presents the Chicago storefront premiere of this production to finish their 2018-2019 season. A direct parody of the 1981 beloved classic directed by Sam Raimi, this hilarious production celebrates the spirit of the Evil Dead films with all the laughs and horror that fans will expect.
It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago storefront premiere. When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are broken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!
Evil Dead (1981) is a definitive staple in horror history that not only has gotten better with age, but the story has continued to stay alive to this very day through notable projects like the sequels, 2013 remake, comics, stage musicals, video games, and the recent Bruce Campbell-starred series, Ash vs. Evil Dead. Diehard fans know what they want! Evil Dead the Musical not only follows the story and characters, but THERE WILL BE BLOOD! Read on to find out more about how you can sit in the Splatter Zone!
- Book and Lyrics: George Reinblatt
- Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
- Directed by: Ed Rutherford
- Music Direction: Oliver Townsend
- Choreography: Derek Van Barham
- Scenic, Props, Puppets Design, Technical Director: Jeremiah Barr
- Costume Design: Rachel Sypniewski
- Lighting Design: Liz Cooper
- Sound Design: Robert Hornbostel
- Fight Choreographer, Gore Consultant: Jon Beal
- Assistant Director: David Lipschutz
- Assistant Choreographer: Christopher Young
- Assistant Props Design: Melanie Thompson
- Stage Manager: Lexi Berkowitz
- Assistant Stage Manager: Beth Weinstock
CAST: Kirby Gibson (Linda), Jordan Dell Harris (Ash), Caitlin Jackson (Cheryl), Josh Kemper (Scott), David Lipschutz (Fake Shemp), Stevie Love (Shelly, Annie), Robert Quintanilla (Ed, Moose), and Shane Roberie (Jake). Understudy: Maiko Terazawa.
LOCATION: Pride Arts Center (The Broadway), 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL.
PREVIEWS: Friday, January 11th, at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 12th, at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13th, at 2pm; Thursday, January 17th, at 7:30pm. Press performance will be on Friday, January 18th, at 7:30pm.
PERFORMANCES: Saturday, January 19th, 2019 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm. Additional performance on Tuesday, January 29th, at 7:30pm.
THE SPLATTER ZONE: Seating is general admission. Seats in the first three rows are sold separately as “splatter zone,” where audience members should be prepared to be splashed with fake blood (non-allergenic, completely washable). Disposable ponchos will be provided at the box office (or bring your own).
Black Button Eyes Productions:
The 2018-2019 season continues Black Button Eyes Productions' mission to bring to Chicago premieres and seldom-seen works containing elements of fantasy, in which the magical and surreal invade reality. The company was founded in 2014 with the acclaimed Midwest premiere of the musical Coraline, and continued in 2015 by producing the musical Goblin Market in its first Chicago production in over 15 years, attended by the author, Chicago native Polly Pen. In the past few seasons, the company has produced the Chicago premiere of the musical Amour, the Chicago storefront premiere of Shockheaded Peter, the Chicago premiere of the musical Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe and the world premiere of Nightmares and Nightcaps: The Stories of John Collier.