Re-Animator the Musical has been re-animated, with new songs and new performers, just in time for Halloween. Stuart Gordon is back in the director’s chair working from a book he co-penned with Dennis Paoli and William J. Norris. Mark Nutter provided the music and lyrics.
The blood-soaked musical enjoyed an original run in Los Angeles in 2011 (here’s an event report I penned at the time). The new production will see Graham Skipper and Jesse Merlin reprise their roles at Herbert West and Dr. Hill, respectively.
Previews begins October 10th, 11th and 12th with the show opening on October 17th and running through November 2nd at the Steve Allen Theater (4773 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027). Admission is $25 (preview nights are $20). Get your tickets here.
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 wasnt fresh enough, is Wests 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 deans 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.