Broadway In Chicago Announces Cast and Creative Team For EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL
Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for Evil Dead – The Musical, winner of the 2007 Dora Audience Choice Award as Toronto’s favorite show, which will bring mayhem and fun to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) for a limited three-week engagement Sept. 23 through Oct. 12, 2014.
“We’re excited to showcase a cast full of Chicagoans at the Broadway Playhouse,” said Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment. “Don’t miss this show to see an unforgettable, hilarious transformation splattered with evil fun.”
Evil Dead – The Musical will feature a cast full of Chicagoans including Julie Baird, Callie Johnson,Ryan McBride, David Sajewich, Creg Sclavi, Demi Zaino and Toronto native Andrew Di Rosa.
Evil Dead – The Musical, the hilarious, record-breaking Canadian musical, George Reinblatt (Book & Lyrics), Frank Cipolla (Music), Melissa Morris (Music) and Christopher Bond (Direction & Music), tells the outrageous story of five college friends spending the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods after accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them all into demons.
The production is choreographed by Stacey Renee Maroske with music direction by Aaron Eyre, and features scenic design by Lindsay Anne Black, costume design by Claudia Kada, lighting design by Gareth Crew and sound design by Michael Laird. Evil Dead – The Musical is produced byStarvox Entertainment in association with Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment.
Those familiar with Evil Dead – The Musical will remember that audience members sitting in the designated “Splatter Zone” (the first four rows) get covered in fake blood as the production incorporates some fun ‘real-life’ effects during certain scenes. In addition to some dismembered limbs, demons telling bad jokes, and catchy tunes (“Look Who’s Evil Now”, “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons”), the show features a saucy combination of wit and sexual innuendo that keeps audiences laughing out loud.
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:00 and 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays 7:00 and 10:30 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets to Evil Dead – The Musical are on-sale now with additional seating in the Splatter Zone. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at(312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
About Evil Dead – The Musical
This musical first glimpsed the light of day in Toronto, where early workshop engagements played to capacity and beyond. While local mainstream theatre audiences flocked to the show, diehard fans of the Evil Dead film series made pilgrimages from across North America to witness the birth of a new cult hit. The popular workshop production enjoyed two sold-out runs at Toronto’s Tranzac Club in 2003 before heading off to Montreal in 2004 as part of the 22nd Just For Laughs Festival. It opened off-Broadway at New World Stages in November 2006 and was produced by Jenkay LLC, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment and Just for Laughs Live. Evil Dead – The Musical returned to Toronto in 2007 for a record-breaking run of more than 300 performances at the now defunct Diesel Playhouse. The production enjoyed a hugely successful remount at Toronto’s Randolph Theatre in the fall of 2013. This production is now on its latest American tour.
About Starvox Entertainment
Founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment is ranked number 17 on Profit Magazine’s list of Toronto’s top 50 growth companies in 2013. Starvox produces, manages, represents and promotes cross-over performing arts shows that tour across Canada and the United States, as well as México, China, the Middle East and Europe. In 2013, Mr. Ross was a producer on the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and remounted Evil Dead-The Musical to record-breaking sales in Toronto and Philadelphia. Starvox is also the producer of HAIR – which toured throughout the United States. Starvox is the producer of the successful Harry Potter themed off-Broadway sensation Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience which continues to tour and experience sold-out engagements across the United States during its’ 2013-2014 tour. Potted Potter launched its first tour in México in February 2014 with a second Canadian tour planned for the winter of 2014. Starvox has presented three productions written and directed by Woody Harrelson, John Malkovich in Giacomo Variations, and nationally broadcast concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation featuring Alicia Keys and Annie Lennox. Starvox is currently working with Beyoncé’s creative team, to produce the multi-million dollar reboot of the classic Las Vegas revue show Jubilee for Caesars Entertainment.
JULIE BAIRD (Linda) is from the suburbs of Chicago and is thrilled to be a part of this bloody production! Recent credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Riverside Center, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Elly May in The World Premiere of the Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical! (Theatre at the Center) and Amber in Hairspray (Summer Repertory Theatre). She also has spent several summers at Six Flags Great America as a singer in their main stage shows. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan.
RYAN CZERWONKO (Swing/Fake Shemp) is so excited to be on his first national tour! Based in Chicago, recent credits there include Broken Fences (16th Street Theater), Cymbeline (First Folio Theatre) and Dozens of Cousins (Trap Door Theatre). Regionally, he has worked with Livermore Shakespeare, Orlando Shakespeare, and the Monomoy Theatre. Independent films: The Glass House, Wiggah. Ryan holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Ohio University.
ANDREW DI ROSA (Jake) is thrilled to join the company of Evil Dead – The Musical! Andrew hails from Toronto, Ontario, where he graduated from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College Specialized Bachelor of Arts Joint Program. Andrew’s past performances include Danny Zuko in Grease, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Laurie in Little Women, the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz and most recently the title role in Shrek: The Musical. He also stars in the feature film “Fragile Minds” which is slated for release next summer.
CALLIE JOHNSON (Annie/Shelly) is a Chicago-based actress and is thrilled to be a part of Evil Dead – The Musical! Recent Chicago credits include Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre, Jeff Award: Cameo Performance); Next to Normal (Drury Lane Oakbrook, Broadway World Award: Best Musical Revival). Callie recently finished playing Carrie White in the Chicago premiere of Carrie the Musical. She is a 2012 BFA graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s musical theatre program, a proud player of the Peninsula Players in Door County, and is originally from Genoa, IL.
JESSICA KINGSDALE (Swing) Jessica Kingsdale is thrilled to be part of the Evil Dead team! A Chicago-based actor, she has worked at such theatres as Chicago Shakespeare, BoHo, Paramount Theatre, Lookingglass, Griffin Theatre, and The Music Theatre Company. Some favorite roles include Rizzo inGrease (Paramount), Marta in Kiss of the Spider Woman (BoHo), and her recent cover of Hermia inA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare).
RYAN McBRIDE (Ed/Moose) is so excited to be touring with Evil Dead – The Musical! Chicago credits include: the national touring production of Letters Home (Griffin Theatre); Damn Yankees, Annie Get Your Gun (Light Opera Works); Fair Maid of the West (Chicago Shakespeare Project); Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Sita Ram (Lookingglass Theatre); Fallow (Steep Theatre). Regional Theaters include Bucks County Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse, and Open Air Theatre. Proud graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
DAVID SAJEWICH (Ash) is excited to be going on this ass kicking adventure! Based out of Chicago, he’s performed in Les Miserables (Drury Lane Oakbrook); The Pajama Game, The Baker’s Wife, andDo I Hear a Waltz? (The Music Theatre Company); Fiddler on the Roof (Paramount Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (First Folio Theatre); The Baker’s Wife (Circle Theatre); Man of La Mancha (Light Opera Works), and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Lifeline Theatre). Regionally, he’s performed inOnce Upon a Mattress and Legally Blonde (Fireside Theatre); Little Women (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre) and Evita with St. Louis’ New Line Theatre.
CREG SCLAVI (Scott) is absolutely thrilled to be playing the role of Scott in the US National Tour ofEvil Dead – The Musical! He enjoys spending his time playing guitar, hanging out with friends, and doing his best to NOT be dismembered or possessed by demons (particularly of the Candarian persuasion). Based in Chicago, Creg was most recently seen on the 2014 National Tour of HAIR as well as in the Bleecker Company’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire in Wellsboro, PA. Chicago area credits include Bobby Strong (Jeff Nominated) in Urinetown:The Musical (Circle Theatre), Sonny LaTierri in
Grease (Paramount Theatre), Ensemble in Miss Saigon (Paramount Theatre), Sir Robin in Spamalot!(NightBlue), Gabe Green in Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Fox Valley Rep.) and Charlie in The Pajama Game (TMTC).
DEMI ZAINO (Cheryl) is overjoyed to be joining the cast of Evil Dead the Musical! Theatre Credits include: Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare), Hairspray (Marriott Lincolnshire). Educational Credits include: Emma Goldman (Ragtime), Radio (Caroline or Change), Dr. Scott (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Mrs. Lovette (Sweeney Todd), Lorna Moon (Golden Boy) and Bee-Bee (Suburbia)
THE CREATIVE TEAM
GEORGE REINBLATT (Book and Lyrics, Co-Composer) is a comedy writer whose credits are so varied, he literally needs a bio to list them all. Luckily for you, this is that bio. George has written jokes for the last six Comedy Central Roasts including the “Roast of James Franco” and the highly rated “Roast of Charlie Sheen.” George was a writer for two seasons on Comedy Central’s “The Burn with Jeff Ross.” He has also written comedy for the likes of Steve Martin, Tina Fey, John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Andre-Philippe Gagnon, and even Kelly Ripa. George was the head writer for two “MuchMusic Video Awards” writing for LMFAO, Psy, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and many more. He was a contributing writer for “The Arsenio Hall Show.” He has also worked as a writer on “Rick Mercer’s Monday Report,” “Canada’s Walk of Fame,” “Match Game” and “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.” Evil Dead – The Musical is George’s first stage production.
CHRISTOPHER BOND (Director, Co-Composer, Additional Lyrics) is best known as the director, co-creator and co-composer of the hit show, Evil Dead, The Musical. He developed and directed Evil Dead since 2002, including the show’s US debut Off-Broadway (nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical) and its return to Canada at the Diesel Playhouse (Winner of the 2007 Dora Mavor Moore Audience Choice Award) which also received a Dora nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Christopher most recently co-wrote and directed the official stage version of Night of the Living Dead Live at Theatre Passe Muraille, which was executive produced by George A. Romero. Christopher’s screenwriting credits with his co-writer Trevor Martin include “A Little Bit Zombie” starring Stephen McHattie & Shawn Roberts. “ALBZ” won the Best Feature Film awards at the 2012 Canadian Film Festival and Fantaspoa Film Festival in Brazil and is currently being distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Their second feature film “Patch Town” also garnered the Best Feature Film at the Canadian Film Festival in 2013 and is being distributed through Kino Lorber. Chris and Trevor are currently writing music for an upcoming musical kids TV series called “Acting Up” with the Chorus Network. Christopher is thrilled to directEvil Dead for a lucky eighth time!
FRANK CIPOLLA (Co-Composer, Music Supervision). I’m one of those people who always have a song in my head. As a kid, I was constantly banging pencils or forks to some cerebral rhythm, until my parents bought me a drum set (and ear plugs for themselves). I loved making up songs for my dog. Then one day I got a blank canvas to unload all of these sonic nuggets that had been brewing in my head for decades. No idea was too ridiculous; no chord change too strange. And what came out was Evil Dead-The Musical. And the catharsis was complete. I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as I loved making it. BTW – my dog really likes the show.
MELISSA MORRIS (Co-Composer) has a BAH in Music and Drama from Queen’s University. She is an actor, singer, writer, composer and teacher. She has written five plays/musicals; The Fred Astaire Story, an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with Dr. Craig Walker, Maid for a Musket with Lucia Frangione, Asylum by the Lake with Dana Fradkin, and of course, Evil Dead-The Musical. Melissa has also written original music for productions of A Winter’s Tale and The Passion for Theatre Kingston, Othello and Midsummer Night’s Dream at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. As a performer, she has worked with such theatre companies as Port Hope Festival, Toronto Chamber Opera, Shakespeare in the Square, Sunshine and Company Festival, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Vaughan City Playhouse, Acorn Theatre, Possible Arts, Metaphysical Theatre, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Kingston.
LINDSAY ANNE BLACK (Scenic Design) has designed sets and costumes for theatre and dance of all sizes, independent and commercial, both scripted and devised. Selected projects include: Dinner atSeven-Thirty (Theatre Rusticle), Night Of The Living Dead Live (Nictophobia Films), Chile Con Carne(Alameda Theatre), Laws Of Motion (Small Elephant), This Must Be The Place: The CN Tower Project(Theatre Passe Muraille); HOMEbody (Shannon Litzenberger Dance), Saucisse: A Foo Musical
(Foo Productions); Sia (Cahoots Theatre Projects); The Atomic Weight of Happiness (Stand Up Dance); Macbeth (Driftwood Theatre Group); and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding(Mirvish). She has led workshops at Tarragon Theatre and Canadian Stage, as well as in high schools and at drama festivals. Two of her costumes have been on display at the Design Exchange, and she was the recipient of the 2007 Pauline McGibbon Award, as well as five Dora Award nominations, though never a bride.
CLAUDIA KADA (Costume Design) is thrilled to yet again resurrect her costume design for Evil Dead-The Musical. Claudia began her costume career with Evil Dead – her first costume design was theEvil Dead production at the Tranzac Club in 2003. A Toronto-based designer for theatre and television, she has designed sets for Joan Rivers, Isaac Mizrahi and Suzanne Somers for broadcast (Rogers Media). Theatre credits include Night of the Living Dead Live (Nictophobia Films), Evil Dead-The Musical (Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment/Just for Laughs) and Mein Kampf (U of T). Claudia is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Program and the University of Toronto’s Graduate Drama Program.
GARETH CREW (Lighting Design) Back in 2003, Gareth had the privilege of lighting an off-beat cult musical work shopping in a small bar in Toronto. It’s been eleven years, and since then he’s litAssassins (BirdLand/TIFT), the Canadian Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera (Hart House),Sweeney Todd (Theatre Sheridan), and, of course, The Rocky Horror Show (Fallen Rock). Needless to say, he is beyond ecstatic to be coming home to Evil Dead – The Musical. Gareth has been nominated for two Dora Awards, in 2014 for Marry Me a Little (Tarragon), and in 2011 forMadhouse Variations (Eldritch). Gareth is designer in residence at Toronto’s premiere Lovecraftian punk horror-comedy puppetry troupe, Eldritch Theatre. Gareth is a proud member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
MICHAEL LAIRD (Sound Design) Selected Sound Design credits: Once On This Island (Acting Up Stage); Annie, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Princess and the Handmaiden, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Seussical (YPT/Citadel Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Spamalot!, Sound of Music, Little Women (Citadel Theatre); God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, Stuff Happens (Studio 180/Mirvish); Our Class, The Overwhelming, Blackbird (Studio 180); Great Expectations, Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Speaking in Tongues, Through the Leaves, Festen, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); A Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Off B’way & Toronto); A Beautiful View (da da kamera).
AARON EYRE (Music Director) is thrilled to be once again returning to the cabin! He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with degrees in Composition and Theatre, and is the recipient of the NUMUS Award for Composition for The Poison Tree. Selected credits as Music Director include Let the Sunshine In (Welcome Wood), Central Park Tango (Theatre Sheridan/CMTP), Opening Doors(Theatre Sheridan), The Last Five Years (Angelwalk), Evil Dead – The Musical (Latimer Entertainment) and BoyGroove (M.Rubinoff Productions). Also an accomplished choral conductor and vocal arranger, Aaron conducted the Note by Note Singers in a tribute concert for Canadian choral composer Alfred Kunz. Aaron arranged music for The Nick Drake Project and composed new material for Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical. He records with and acts as Music Supervisor/Accompanist for 2Divine.
STACEY RENEE MAROSKE (Choreographer) is a Toronto based performer, singer, dancer, musician, teacher, adjudicator and award-winning choreographer. A York University graduate, Stacey is the director of her own company: “The Next Level Entertainment” which previously produced the Next Level Dance Convention, featuring famous choreographers from “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing With The Stars.” Stacey’s company also produces live shows, entertainment and musical acts/ bands for corporate events and theme parks across North America including Ontario Place, Canada’s Wonderland and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Stacey has had the opportunity to choreograph for numerous music videos, commercials, television and live shows including George Romero’s Night of The Living Dead Live, and the 2013/14 national tour of Evil Dead- The Musical.
STARVOX ENTERTAINMENT/COREY ROSS (Producer), Founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment is ranked number 17 on Profit Magazine’s list of Toronto’s top 50 growth companies in 2013. Starvox produces, manages, represents and promotes cross-over performing arts shows that tour across Canada and the United States, as well as México, China, the Middle East and Europe. In 2013, Mr. Ross was a producer on the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and remounted Evil Dead-The Musical to record-breaking sales in Toronto and Philadelphia. Starvox is also the producer of HAIR – which toured throughout the United States. Starvox is the producer of the successful Harry Potter themed off-Broadway sensation Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience which continues to tour and experience sold-out engagements across the United States. Potted Potter launched its first tour in México in February 2014 with a second Canadian tour planned for the winter of 2014. Starvox has presented three productions written and directed by Woody Harrelson, John Malkovich in Giacomo Variations, and nationally broadcast concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation featuring Alicia Keys and Annie Lennox. Starvox recently produced a multi-million dollar reboot of the classic Las Vegas revue showJubilee for Caesars Casino, with pop mega-star Beyoncé’s creative team.
JEFFREY LATIMER (Producer) has produced and managed live theatre, musical productions, artists, events and sponsorships in North America for the past 20 years. His company, JLE, is based in Toronto and currently has various projects in production. Jeffrey’s shows include Forever Plaid, Stomp, Forever Tango, Forever Swing (with Michael Bubleì), Grease, Cookin At The Cookery (with the legendary Bea Arthur), An Evening with George Burns, Defending the Caveman and many more. Jeffrey worked with Second City and Just for Laughs in business development. He is currently producing and developing shows such as Evil Dead-The Musical, Queen For A Day: The Musical, as well as many other projects. Jeffrey manages the International Juno Award winning, Platinum selling recording artists, The Tenors, as well as the young pop rock group Neverest, The amazing Lisa Ray and Juno Award winning soul sensation Sean Jones.