Re-Animator The Musical, Starring George Wendt and Original L.A. Cast, Stalks NYMF Beginning July 17
By Adam Hetrick
The New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Re-Animator The Musical, which reunites members of the original award-winning Los Angeles company, including Emmy Award nominee George Wendt, comes to life July 17 at the PTC Performance Space.
Re-Animator the Musical, which earned the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Score, has music and lyrics by Mark Nutter, with a book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris.
Stuart Gordon directs the July 17-22 run. Cynthia Carle choreographs, with musical direction by Peter Adams.
The stage production is based on Gordon's cult 1985 film of H.P. Lovecraft's tale. Along with writers Paoli, Norris and Nutter, Gordon adapted the film into the musical, which played a six-month Los Angeles run last year. It will play the Edinburgh Fringe Festival directly following the New York premiere.
Wendt (Elf, Hairspray, "Cheers") plays the Dean of the Medical School who is transformed into a zombie. The cast also features Chris L. McKenna, Jesse Merlin, Rachel Avery Mark Beltzman, Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, Liesel Hanson, Tyler Milliron and Graham Skipper.
According to the authors, Re-Animator "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 as his quest for fresh subjects results in the murders of half the faculty of the medical school."
The PTC Performance Space is located at 555 West 42nd Street. For tickets, visit NYMF.org.
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