EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL Highlights Halloween at Country Playhouse, 10/12-27

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As part of a Halloween double feature, The Country Playhouse presents Evil Dead: The Musical (book by George Reinblatt, music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, and Melissa Morris), for three weekends only, October 12 – 27, in our Black Box. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 pm, with a Sunday matinee on October 21 at 7:30 pm, plus a weeknight show on Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 pm. On double feature nights, Evil Dead: The Musical will run right after Frankenstein, playing on our Cerwinske main stage.

In that all-too-familiar remote cabin in the woods, a group of hapless teenagers fall prey to dark forces and become, one by one, charismatic singers and dancers who bring down the house with splatter-drenched production numbers that spill over, literally, into the first few rows of the audience wear old clothes (we'll provide ponchos). Scream all you want.

Gene Kato directs, with Jonathan Moonen, Jamie Betik, Jake Bevill, Tom Stell, Jessica Bowman Rohe, Rebeccah Bauerlein, Marc C. Connelly, and Bryan Maynard.

Born in Canada in 2003, opening Off-Broadway in 2006 and subsequently infiltrating the country from Minneapolis and Toledo to Las Vegas, then on to Japan and Korea, Evil Dead: The Musical freely spoofs director Sam Raimi's 1980s horror films, to become a cult classic in its own right, echoing The Rocky Horror Show's midnight call to campy carnage and revelry. All as foretold in an ancient volume of prophecy, "The Necronomicon" [The Book of the Dead]. Dig it.

Ticket prices are $28 for adults, or $25 for students and seniors. As a special monster deal, see Frankenstein and Evil Dead on the same night for $35 (or $30), if purchased together. Groups of 20 or more receive a $5.00 discount off the adult price. Call the box office at 713-467-4497 for reservations, or make them online at www.countryplayhouse.org (at no additional charge).

Country Playhouse is located at 12802 Queensbury, Houston 77024 (in Town & Country Village, across from City Centre), just two blocks east of the Sam Houston Tollway.

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