Written by Shannon McGrew
Earlier this week I posted my top immersive shows to check out at The Hollywood Fringe Festival, running from June 8-25. Today, in Part 2 of “Shows You Must Attend”, I highlight some of the amazing horror musicals and performances that are set to bring to life everything from 80s slasher tropes, vampires, werewolves and more!
Slashed! The Musical
Synopsis: Welcome to Camp Doom! Er, we mean Camp Freedom… Slashed! The Musical is a musical comedy love-letter to the classic 80s Summer Camp Slasher Genre. Featuring a cast of characters that you know and love – but with a twist – and original songs inspired by 1980s Top 40 radio. Slashed! will have audiences laughing and screaming from beginning until the very bloody end.
Being familiar with the work of those involved in this play, I can say with confidence that this is going to be a show you don’t want to miss. Who doesn’t like 80s horror cliches combined with musicals? As long as there are buckets and buckets of blood, I fully believe that audiences will be in for a real treat.
Monster Beautiful: The Musical (An Interactive Horror Show)
Synopsis: A Horror Musical is the dark and ominous tale of Professor Sven, a down and out College Professor with a horrible secret. To his peers, his wife and his students, he is a forgettable, introverted, workaholic nitwit. But little do they know, Sven is on the brink of a scientific innovation that he must keep hidden from the world, the secret to life itself! Through the cover of the night, Sven collects the freshest and shapeliest of body parts to create his masterpiece. But his creation is missing its most vital piece: the perfect mind. Fortunately for Sven, he has found that final piece to his macabre patchwork of death attached to the subject of his hidden infatuation, his protege and student, Ruthie. With his greatest achievement nearly complete, Sven must choose between his life’s work and his love for his young and passionate pupil.
Fans of Frankenstein that want to see a modern re-telling of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel will find plenty of interests in this performance. There is only one showing of “Monster Beautiful” so make sure to get tickets fast before they sell out!
So You Want to be a Vampire
Synopsis: Brenda Frank is so desperate to be turned into a vampire that she actually finds one, but some vampires desire more than blood. “So You Want to be a Vampire” is a very dark comedy about a woman who will stop at nothing to escape the brutal mundanity of her mortal life and be turned into a creature of the night.
Vampires seem to be popular this year at The Hollywood Fringe Festival, and from the social media marketing that this team has put out recently via Instagram, I have to say I’m more than a little intrigued with whats going to unfold during this production.
Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical
Synopsis: Deep inside each human a Beast waits to be born – in claws, teeth and violence. Society represses it, terrified of any who succumb. Rebels embrace the edge of it, calling forth its power while avoiding its burn. In an instant of survival, one woman will be transformed by it, split into two pieces – and the battle for control of her body, mind and soul will begin. Vengeance, violence and victimization will all become fuel for a battle of epic proportions. No one is safe from the slaughter to come.
I’ll be the first to admit that werewolves aren’t really my thing, but there’s something about this synopsis that grabbed my attention. Maybe because it’s a rock musical, maybe because it’s a woman who transforms into the beast, I’m not sure what it is. Regardless, from what I understand, this is a hell of a show and one that I’m excitedly looking forward to.
For tickets to their event at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, click HERE.
Nosferatu, A Symphony in Terror
Synopsis: From the fervent mind of Bram Stoker’s Dracula…filtered through the lens of Friedrich Marunau…comes an experience so unique that you will remember it for the rest of your life. Nosferatu takes the audience on an unforgettable voyage from the world we know to the exotic and mysterious ends of our own imaginations.
Once again, we are back in the vampire territory, but this time with the grand daddy of them all, Nosferatu. I don’t know much about this show, but I do have a deep appreciation for Nosferatu and his story and I look forward to seeing a unique take on this ancient being.