10) EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL
And so, we begin the wacky musical adaptation of the Evil Dead trilogy and let’s just say there was a reason it sold out every night.
While the songs aren’t the catchiest, they serve the plot well and do parody the musical genre. Stephen Allred is excellent as Ash, blending both the characters heroism and idiocy. While limited in its budget, the musical still manages to deliver some neat special effects, especially with the talking furniture. It also pokes fun at the plot holes of the film. There also hilarious gags, including one character who can never get a word in edgewise, even when turned into a deadite or a dead who can’t stop using puns.
If you want some extra fun, sit in the splash zone.
9) THE BEST OF THE BOMBS: AN EXPLORATION OF BROADWAY’S BIGGEST FLOPS
There can be redeeming qualities even in the worst materials. The Best of the Bombs showcases the redeeming qualities of musicals that have flopped commercially (and in most cases, critically) on Broadway. While audience dined on the Sawmill’s buffet, actors Dustin Berube, Andrea Graham, Kevin Mason, Julio Mateo, Kayla Papaianni and Meghan Schritt performed the best songs from these failed musicals. We get some great performances, including Lovesick from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and This Isn’t The End from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Before each number, the actors deliver a brief introduction explaining the reasons for each musical’s failure, whether it’s an overblown budget (Spider-Man), bad timing (The Visit) or terrible ideas (Carrie: The Musical). They even read us a few scathing reviews. The funniest were the ones for Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, which unintentionally parallels Trump’s Presidency.