Evil Dead: The Musical to End Off-Broadway Run Feb. 17

News   Evil Dead: The Musical to End Off-Broadway Run Feb. 17 The Off-Broadway comedy Evil Dead: The Musical has announced its final performance will be Feb. 17. A tour and regional productions are in the works.

By the end of its run, Evil Dead will have played 126 regular performances and 34 previews.  The show will end its New York run at the 11 PM performance.   

Jenkay LLC, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment and Just For Laughs Live present the "killer musical," which began previews Oct. 2, 2006, and opened Off-Broadway Nov. 1. The show just reached its 100th performance Jan. 26.

The cast went into the studio Dec. 17 to record the original cast album on the Time Life label. A release date is slated for this spring.

"Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story," reveals a press release, "[where] boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive."

Christopher Bond and Tony Award winner Hinton Battle ("Dreamgirls," "Idlewild") directed the work, which features a book and lyrics by George Reinblatt, music by Frank Cipolla, Bond, Melissa Morris and Reinblatt with music supervision by Cipolla. The cast includes Ryan Ward (as Ash), Jennifer Byrne (Linda), Jenna Coker (Cheryl), Renée Klapmeyer (Annie/ Shelly), Tom Walker (Ed/ Moose), Brandon Wardell (Scott), Ryan Williams (Fake Shemp) and Darryl Winslow (Jake).

The design team features David Gallo (set), Cynthia Nordstrom (costumes), Jason Lyons (lighting) with Peter Fitzgerald and Kevin Lacy (sound) and Louis Zakarian (makeup and special effects).

Tickets to Evil Dead: The Musical at New World Stages' Stage 1, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or at the box office. For more information, visit EvilDeadTheMusical.com.

Jenna Coker, Jennifer Byrne, Brandon Wardell, Ryan Ward and Ren
Jenna Coker, Jennifer Byrne, Brandon Wardell, Ryan Ward and Ren Photo by Carol Rosegg