Even 45 years later, the dead are still alive.
With zombies continuing to fascinate us given the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, there is no denying the fact who the original director of death is.
George Romero premiered Night Of The Living Dead in 1968 and just like the characters in the story, just when you thought the cult classic had run its course, it’s come back to life with a new Toronto stage adaptation.
Presented at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, Night Of The Living Dead Live opens on April 26 and closes May 19.
Arguably the most popular horror movie of all time, Night Of The Living Dead was originally presented in black and white from the set design to the actors (both alive and undead) and the best part of the stage show is that it will stick to this format.
Similar to the original movie, the play will also be presented entirely in black and white. In addition, similar to many theatre versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Night Of The Living Dead Live will focus on heavy audience participation.
The story is simple. Six strangers are trapped in a 1960s’ farmhouse surrounded by the undead. Ben saves Barbra after the death of her brother. As a result of her mourning she is unable to help Ben fortify the house when Harry and Tom return from the basement to tell them that Karen (Harry’s daughter) needs help. Tensions rise as the group debate the best way to survive the night of the living dead.
Night Of The Living Dead Live is co-created by Christopher Harrison (Devil’s Night, The Man Who Loved Flowers) and Phil Pattison (Devil’s Night, The Man Who Loved Flowers), who are also producing the project with Marty Birthhelmer (the upcoming The Mummers) and executive produced by the legendary George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Living Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead), Russ Streiner (best known as Johnny (“They’re coming to get you, Barbra”) in the original horror classic, and John A. Russo, co-author of Night of the Living Dead. The show is directed by Christopher Bond (Evil Dead, The Musical, A Little Bit Zombie) who was also the director, co-creator and co-composer of Evil Dead, The Musical.
Tickets range from $49.50 – $59.50 (including of HST) and are available at Theatre Passe Muraille Box Office (416) 504-7529 or online at NIGHTOFTHELIVINGDEADLIVE.com.
Night Of The Living Dead Live opens April 26 and runs to May 19, 2013.
Here is a complete list of showtimes:
Fri, April 26 @7:00 PM / Opening Night
Fri, April 26 @11:00 PM / Opening Night
Sat, April 27 @7:00 PM
Sat, April 27 @11:00 PM
Sun, April 28 @7:30 PM
*Fri, May 3 @7:00 PM / Special Guest Night
Fri, May 3 @11:00 PM
*Sat, May 4 @7:00 PM / Special Guest Night
Sat, May 4 @11:00 PM
Sun, May 5 @7:30 PM
Fri, May 10 @7:00 PM
Fri, May 10 @11:00 PM
Sat, May 11 @7:00 PM
Sat, May 11 @11:00 PM
Sun, May 12 @7:30 PM
Fri, May 17 @7:00 PM
Fri, May 17 @11:00 PM
Sat, May 18 @6:00 PM / Closing Night
Sat, May 18 @10:00 PM / Closing Night
Sun, May 19 @2:00 PM / Matinee
*Special Guests w/Q&A George A. Romero, Russ Streiner, & John A. Russo Post-Show hosted by Fangoria Magazine Editor Chris Alexander.