Re-Animator The Musical (2012)
RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL tells the bizarre story of Herbert West, a young medical student who has discovered a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life…with catastrophic results.
Book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Based on the cult classic “H.P. LOVECRAFT’S RE-ANIMATOR, this award-winning horror comedy is helmed by Stuart Gordon (who also directed the film) featuring George Wendt (Norm from CHEERS) and a Splash Zone for those who enjoy a little splatter! Variety writes “Not since LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”
Approximate Running Time: 1:30; no intermission
After spending the better part of a decade as a trial lawyer, Dean Schramm began his career in the entertainment industry as an agent representing writers, directors and producers. He is now the principal of his own entertainment company, The Schramm Group. Recently, Schramm Executive Produced the award winning documentary feature film, “Darfur Now”, about the genocide in Darfur released by Warner Independent Pictures. Among his current projects, Schramm is producing a feature film for New Line Cinema about the life of Lopez Lomong, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and the American athlete who carried the American Flag into the Beijing Olympic Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and is Executive Producing a movie for television at Lifetime based on the New York Times Bestseller “Secrets of Eden” by Chris Bohjalian.
"Re-Animator™" has become Stuart’s middle name since the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won a Critics’ Prize in 1985. Previously as Artistic director of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company, he had the opportunity to work directly with Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl and Kurt Vonnegut adapting their stories to the stage. He also collaborated with David Mamet, directing and producing the world premiere of "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." In 2009, he produced and directed "Nevermore" starring Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe at the Steve Allen Theater. The show is now on tour, beginning with a performance in Baltimore at Poe’s gravesite for his bicentennial celebration.
Mark Nutter wrote the music & lyrics for Re-Animator: The Musical at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. He wrote the music, lyrics, book, and performed in The Bicycle Men, a musical comedy named Outstanding Overall Production at the New York International Fringe Festival, and produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, London and Edinburgh. He wrote the music & lyrics for Wild Men! a satire of the men's movement that played in Chicago and Off-Broadway in New York. Mark has also written for television (3rd Rock from the Sun, Saturday Night Live) and movies (Almost Heroes, starring the late Chris Farley). Mark and partner Cynthia Carle co-wrote and directed Christmas Smackdown at Chicago's iO Theater, and they frequently perform the show themselves in Los Angeles.
Dennis Paoli has collaborated with Stuart Gordon on screenplays "Re-Animator™", "From Beyond", "Dagon"), teleplays ("Dreams in the Witch House", "The Black Cat") and stage plays ("Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe", "Bleacher Bums"). He teaches and runs writing programs at Hunter College in New York City.
William J. Norris has been a theatre professional for forty years. As an actor he has appeared in productions in the United States, Holland, Germany, and Belgium. In Chicago, he has appeared in, directed, or written plays for Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Victory Gardens Theatres. "Dillinger", "His Satanic Majesty", and "Before I Wake" are a few of his plays which have premiered in Chicago and gone on to be produced nation-wide. His adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" has become the seasonal production at McAninch Arts Center. Television and movie credits include "A Taste of Romance", "The Untouchables", "The Babe", "The Letter" and "The Pit and the Pendulum". His screenplay credits include co-authoring "Herbert West: Re-Animator™" and the apocryphal "The Last Witness." Mr. Norris is the recipient of many accolades for his work including an Emmy Award, five Artisan Awards, and a Joseph Jefferson Award among others.
"I Give Life (pt. 1)"from Re-Animator the Musical (track 10)
Credit: Music and lyrics by Mark Nutter.
"If You're Ever Lonely" from Re-Animator the Musical (track 16)
Credit: Music and Lyrics by Mark Nutter.
"Six to Twelve Minutes" from Re-Animator the Musical (track 06)
Credit: Music and lyrics by Mark Nutter.