Re-Animator: The Musical extended run

Dr. Hill (Jesse Merlin) gives Herbert West a taste of his own medicine.
Dr. Hill (Jesse Merlin) gives Herbert West (Graham Skipper) a taste of his own medicine.

Re-Animator: The Musical – currently on stage at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood – has been extended from November 2 to November 23. The blood-soaked horror-comedy, directed by Stuart Gordon and based on his 1985 cult film, has been one of the highlights of Halloween 2014; if you are too busy going to haunted houses in October, you should take advantage of the extended run to catch the play next month.

Performances take place  Fridays through Sundays at 8pm. The Steve Allen Theater is located at 4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90027. Tickets are $25. Call 1-800-595-4849 for reservations. Click here for the official website.

After wrapping up in Los Angeles, Re-Animator: The Musical will hit the road to Las Vegas, where it will open on January 6, 2015.

Read the press release below:

WHAT:

Re-Animator™ The Musical. Revival of the award-winning musical hit is now extended until Sunday, November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Steve Allen Theater.

PLUS, the show will run from Tuesday, January 6 through Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV.

WHO:

Book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, and William J. Norris. Music and lyrics by Mark Nutter. Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical Director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Produced by Dean Schramm and Stuart Gordon. Presented by The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions in association with Trepany House under the Artistic Direction of Amit Itelman.

WHERE:

  • • LOS ANGELES: The Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027. Parking lot behind building.
  • • LAS VEGAS: Troesh Studio Theater, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106.

WHEN:

  • • LOS ANGELES: Now Playing through Sunday, November 23, 2014. Fridays through Sundays at 8:00pm. (Due to robust ticket sales, Re-Animator™ The Musical has added nine additional performances.)
  • • LAS VEGAS: The show will run from Tuesday, January 6 through Sunday, January 18, 2015 for 16 performances. Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm and 8:00pm.

ADMISSION:

  • • LOS ANGELES: $25
  • • LAS VEGAS: $44

RESERVATIONS:

  • • LOS ANGELES: 800-595-4849
  • • LAS VEGAS: 702-749-2000

ONLINE TICKETING:

  • • LOS ANGELES: www.trepanyhouse.org
  • • LAS VEGAS: www.thesmithcenter.com/events/venues/studio-theatre

ABOUT:

Las Vegas Run

Re-Animator™ The Musical, the phenomenon that has dazzled audiences in Los Angeles, New York, and Edinburgh, is at last coming to Las Vegas, where it will play at the beautiful Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the hit movie that practically invented the genre of horror comedy, the show blends side-splitting hilarity with outstanding special effects and some genuinely scary moments for an entertainment experience like none other. The show’s creators believe that Las Vegas audiences will embrace the fun-tastic spectacle as enthusiastically as the show has been received in other cities.

Composer Mark Nutter says, “Las Vegas is a city that has elevated excess to an art form. We’ve done the same thing with Re-Animator™ The Musical. It should be a good fit.”

Producer Dean Schramm enthuses, “We’re thrilled to be playing in Las Vegas at the fabulous Smith Center. We’ve been working on this for a long time and it’s fantastic that this is finally happening.”

Stuart Gordon, director of both the stage and screen versions of Re-Animator, agrees, stating, “I’m excited about new horizons. I’ve taken it to New York, Europe and now Vegas. I’m looking forward to new blood in the audience.” He compares his show to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in that audience members often come to see Re-Animator™ The Musical multiple times, dressed in costume as their favorite characters and imitating their behaviors.

Re-Animator™ The Musical comes to Las Vegas for the very first time, for sixteen performances only. It’s chilling. It’s bloody. It’s funny. It’s a party. It’s a one-of-a-kind live entertainment.

Winner of six LA Weekly Awards, two LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, and an Ovation Award. New York Musical Theatre Festival Selection. Edinburgh Fringe Festival Selection.

Re-Animator ™ the Musical

Re-Animator ™ the Musical tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences.

Graham Skipper returns as Herbert West and operatic Jesse Merlin, is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West.

Also returning from the original cast are (in alphabetical order) Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson, playing an assortment of doctors, nurses, and rampaging zo mbies.

New to the cast members are Darren Ritchie as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate), in love with the dean’s beautiful daughter, now played by Jessica Howell. And Ken Hudson Campbell plays the doomed Dean of the medical school, whom West transforms into a mindless zombie.

Stuart Gordon, the director and co-writer of H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, the cult film on which the musical is based, has joined his fearless producing partner Dean Schramm to prove that anything that can be done in a movie can be a hundred times more astonishing live on stage. Mark Nutter is composer and lyricist, and his cheerfully disturbing songs have been compared to Tom Lehrer.

Special effects are being done by the same guys who did them for the Re-Animator movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin, and John Beuchler. They all won LA Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly awards for their mind-boggling illusions. And the blood will flow so freely that the first row will be once again designated as a “splash zone,” so bring your raincoats.

Laura Fine Hawkes will provide the creepy sets, Joe Kucharski the moldering costumes, and Jeff Ravitz the cadaverous lighting. Stage manager Michael Lemek will be the master of the mayhem.