Last year Sturat Gordon and his cowriters Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris and composer/lyricist Mark Nutter turned their cult horror film Re-Animator into a musical for the stage, playing to rave reviews and standing ovations for a sold-out six month run.
Now, they've brought the show over to the UK for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which re-unites the cast of the US stage show.
George Wendt, best known as the affable Norm from Cheers plays the Dean of the Medical School who West transforms into a mindless zombie. Chris L. McKenna, the star of Gordon’s neo-noir thriller King of the Ants is Dan Cain, Herbert’s hapless roommate who finds himself drawn into the mayhem. And operatic Jesse Merlin is Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter (Rachel Avery) only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West.
But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm. Rounding out the cast are Mark Beltzman,Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace and Liesel Hanson, and featuring Graham Skipper as Herbert West.
Winning the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for their work on the show, the special effects team is the same as the1985 movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin and John Buechler, joined by Greg McDougal and Tom Devlin. And the blood will flow so freely that the first few rows will be designated as a “splash zone.”
Re-Animator - The Musical will play the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 1-27 at the Assembly George Square theatre yard.
For more info, visit http://www.reanimatorthemusical.com/