Win tickets to Re-Animator: The musical!

Graham Skipper as Herbert West with the decapitated Dr. Hill (Jesse Merlin). Photo by Thomas Hargis.
Graham Skipper as Herbert West with the decapitated Dr. Hill (Jesse Merlin). Photo by Thomas Hargis.

Update: Contest Closed!

Hollywood Gothique has two pairs of tickets for the preview weekend of Re-Animator: The Musical at the Steve Allen Theatre on October 10-12. If you would like to win tickets, send an email to:

contest@hollywoodgothique.com

Put “Re-Animator: The Musical” in the subject line. Include your full name and a preference for which night you would like to attend: Friday, October 10; Saturday, October 11; or Sunday, October 12. All performances are at 8pm.

Two winners will be chosen at random to receive a pair of tickets each.

Based on the 1985 cult film Re-Animator, which was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West – Reanimator,” Re-Animator: The Musical made its debut at the Steve Allen Theatre in 2011, under the auspices of Trepany House, a non-profit organization that cultivates original material. Stuart Gordon, who helmed the film, is back as director, working from a script he co-wrote with Dennis Paoli and William J. Norris. Mark Nutter composed the music and lyrics, including some new songs for this revival.

After the preview weekend, Re-Animator: The Musical officially opens on Friday, October 17 and runs until November 2, with performances at 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The Steve Allen Theater is located at 4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90027.

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Read the press release below:

Re-Animator™ the Musical has been re-animated, with new songs and new performers, just in time for Halloween.

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. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius. 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. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.

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 zombies.

New to the cast and Los Angeles are Darren Ritchie (veteran of five Broadway shows, including Dracula and Little Shop of Horrors) as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate), in love with the dean’s beautiful daughter, now played by vivacious newcomer Jessica Howell (recently on Showtime’s Masters of Sex). And an>Ken Hudson Campbell, familiar to many for saving the world with Bruce Willis in Armageddon, 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 h is 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. Gordon spent fifteen years as the founder and artistic director of the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he co-created the original production of Bleacher Bums, and produced and directed the world premiere of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Gordon recently co-created and directed the long-running and critically acclaimed Nevermore, with Re-Animator film star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe, that is now touring the country.

Mark Nutter is composer and lyricist, and his cheerfully disturbing songs have been compared to Tom Lehrer. His previous stage credits include the international hit The Bicycle Men; Christmas Smackdown (created with the equally demented Cynthia Carle); and Wild Men. He’s also known for h is work on 3rd Rock From the Sun and Saturday Night Live. His CD, Twisted Songs for Twisted Sophisticates, has been banned from the airwaves.

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 Critics’ 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, who designed the almost as bloody Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Taper, 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.

Re-Animator™ the Musical was developed and premiered at the Steve Allen Theater under the artistic direction of Amit Itelman, who also founded Trepany House.