Re-Animator the Musical: Zombie Cats and Blood
An adaptation of the 1985 cult classic film, “Re-Animator” is a hilarious musical horror comedy based on an H.P Lovecraft tale. The story unfolds as a sadistic medical student Herbert West discovers a scientific formula that brings the dead back to life. The result of this reanimation is murderous mayhem and kitschy gruesome fun. We’re talking zombie cats, decapitated doctors, that overweight actor from Cheers and intestines the spray fake blood out into the audience members. Awesome!
Best place to sit? The “splash zone” in the first three rows, where you’re guaranteed to hosed down with blood, liquor, spit and other faux bodily fluids. In my opinion it’s not participatory theater unless you’re covered in fake blood, so I encourage you to sit nice and close. Though I was given a plastic poncho (which was actually just a green garbage bag a brutish usher tore three holes in), I did leave the theater splattered with watery red corn syrup, which made for interesting conversation at dinner after the show. For those who embrace the spirit of Rocky Horror and enjoy the schlock of B-horror films, this is the musical for you!
Winner of six L.A. Weekly Theater Awards, an Ovation Award and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards for everything from Best Musical to Best Blood Effects, this little budget production is destined for off-Broadway. For more information about tickets in Los Angeles, including their next shows in NYC and Scotland visit http://www.reanimatorthemusical.com/tickets.html and be sure to wear that poncho.
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