Entertaining The Masses: Evil Dead, The Musical

The most hillarifying musical ever!

I can tell you exactly where I was the first time I experienced “Evil Dead.” I was staying at my friend Steve’s house; I couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13 years old at the time. We waited for hours until his parents went to bed — and as soon as their door clicked shut, we pulled out the cassette from under his older brother’s mattress (next to some other things his parents wouldn’t have liked), popped it in the VCR and sat down for the ride ahead.

The movie looked pretty scary, and I wasn’t sure what it had in store for me. Steve’s brother raved about it like it was “Casablaca” — and since we were barely allowed to watch PG-13 movies, we had to see it. What followed were 85 of the best minutes of my life.

Undoubtedly, millions of people have had similar experiences while seeing “Evil Dead,” Sam Raimi’s hilarrifying (mix between hilarious and terrifying, you’re welcome) cult classic, for the first time. Originally given an MPAA rating of NC-17 and banned in Germany, this delightfully gruesome flick celebrates the 30th anniversary of its premiere in October 2011. Starring the incomporable Bruce Campbell as Ash — a college student who must battle the undead — “Evil Dead” spawned two equally classic sequals: “Evil Dead II” in 1987 and “Army of Darkness” in 1992.

You can experience all the same gore and laughter during “Evil Dead: The Musical,” a live theatrical presentation that will premiere at West Seattle’s ArtsWest theater on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Written by George Reinblatt and co-directed by Christopher Zinovitch and Kim Dare, this award-winning musical combines all the black humor of Raimi’s trilogy into one amazing production.

James Padilla stars as Ash, one of five college kids who venture into an abandoned cabin in the woods. While there, they stumble upon The Necronomicon (The Book of the Dead) and accidentally awaken an evil force that turns them all into demons. Featuring such musical numbers as “Ode to an Accidental Stabbing,” “Look Who’s Evil Now,” and “All the Men In My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons,” this show promises to be one of the strangest and funniest of the year. Groovy.

“Evil Dead: The Musical” premieres Wednesday, Oct. 19 and is scheduled to run until Saturday, Nov. 20. Tickets are available at the ArtsWest box-office in West Seattle, and can be purchased online. This show is recommended for patrons 16 and older. Complimentary ponchos will be provided to those in the “Splash Zone,” for when things get a little messy.

ArtsWest  |  4711 California Ave. SW, Seattle  |  (206) 938-0339