Film Adaptation of Musical Comedy Zombie Prom in the Works

News   Film Adaptation of Musical Comedy Zombie Prom in the Works
Michael J. Roth and Steve Longi have acquired film and TV rights to Zombie Prom, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1996 at the Variety Arts Theatre, according to Variety. Vincent Marcello is tapped to write the screenplay, who wrote and directed the short film adaptation in 2006 starring RuPaul of "Drag Race" fame.

Variety reports that the screen adaptation will be penned by Marcello and Mark Landry, with Marcello directing. The two reunite after collaborating on "Teen Beach Movie." Set in the "nuclear 1950's" at a high school, Zombie Prom sees sweet Toffee fall for notorious bad boy Jonny, who throws himself into a nuclear waste dump after the relationship is forced to end. Saved by Toffee's love, Jonny returns as a green-faced toxic zombie determined to graduate with the rest of his class and to take his girl to the prom. Though his dream of returning to normal adolescence is made difficult by the school's dictator-like principal, Ms. Strict, played by RuPaul in Marcello's short film.

Zombie Prom the musical has music by Dana P. Rowe, book and lyrics by John Dempsey and is based on a story by Dempsey and Hugh M. Murphy. Philip William McKinley directed the original New York production, and orchestrations were penned by Michael Gibson with musical direction by Darren R. Cohen.

The stage show was first produced at The Red Barn Theatre in Key West, FL, in 1993, followed by a New York development workshop. The cast recording can be purchased on itunes here.

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