“Evil Dead, The Musical” makes Pittsburgh debut

Evil Dead - The Musical.  Left to Right: David Sajewich, Callie Johnson, Andrew di Rosa. Courtesy of Peter Coombs.

Evil Dead – The Musical. Left to Right: David Sajewich, Callie Johnson, Andrew di Rosa. Courtesy of Peter Coombs.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being drenched in fake blood while watching a musical reenactment of Evil Dead, it’s your lucky day. Evil Dead, The Musical will make its Pittsburgh debut Oct. 29.

Offering three nights of laughter and gallons of fake blood, it’s the perfect way to ring in Halloween. Note: Only those in the splatter zone can expect to be soaked.

“It’s all three films jam-packed into one night of hilarious musical comedy mayhem,” said Christopher Bond, co-creator and co-composer of Evil Dead, the Musical. “All the hilarious catch phrases and icon moments from the trilogy are packed into comedic bliss.”

The show tells the tale of five college friends who spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods (because that always ends well) and accidently unleash an evil force that transforms them all into demons. Featuring everything you would expect from the Evil Dead trilogy – effects, blood, demons telling really bad jokes and singing catchy tunes like “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Canadian Demons” – this show is a must see this Halloween season.

“The show is literally for everyone,” said Bond. “If you love musicals, you will love this show. If you hate musicals, you will love this show. If you like having a good time, this show is for you. This show has everything from dancing, singing, puppets, talent and we’re ripping through the states so be excited, Pittsburgh. Anyone can enjoy the show. It’s not scary, it’s hilarious comedy.”

The “Splatter Zone” is one of the musical’s main attractions but wasn’t originally part of the show. Patrons in the first few rows of the theater can expect to get drenched or splashed, depending on proximity to the stage. Inspired by shows like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bond and his team wanted to create an interactive experience for audiences.

Evil Dead - The Musical.  Center:  David Sajewich.  Courtesy of Peter Coombs.

Evil Dead – The Musical. Center: David Sajewich.
Courtesy of Peter Coombs.

“When we were doing the first shows, we were using squirt guns and accidently hitting audience members,” said Bond. “Suddenly they started yelling things like ‘Hit me in the face!’ We thought they would be the “cheap seats” because no one was going to want to sit in the splatter zone and now it’s the first ones to sell out. You see people walking down the street covered in blood and you know they had a blast, and probably scared a few locals too. We had no idea it would be such a hit.”

To accommodate the success and popularity of the “Splatter Zone,” the designers have worked hard to perfect their splatter. They’ve made the zone bigger and better, but if you’re one row behind the zone, you won’t get hit. While the blood washes out easily and is nontoxic, Bond recommends you avoid wearing your Sunday best.

While the show is not scary, it’s not recommended for younger children under 12 because of adult language, sexual innuendo and a ton of gore.

Performances run Oct. 29-31.

Tickets start at $50 and are available at trustarts.org, at 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at 655 Penn Ave.
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Story by Hayley Lynn Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges