English rock band The Zombies were the first to capitalize on the undead’s proclivity for pop music, though few fans heeded the explicit apocalyptic warnings of songs such as “This Will Be Our Year.” Conquer humanity with song and today’s GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get one general-admission ticket to see Musical of the Living Dead, presented by Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company at The Charnel House (a $25 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
Hailed by the Chicago Reader as the Best New Play of 2011, Musical of the Living Dead takes audiences on a rip-roaring journey beyond the grave with its satirical send-ups of classic zombie films and musical theater. Now that their bodies have had one more year to decay, the play’s zombies return for a triumphant second run that promises even more brain-eating mayhem than the last. The curtain opens on 10 survivors of a recent zombie apocalypse, trapped in a farmhouse and willing to try anything to escape. Directors Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts gleefully fulfill horror-film conventions in selecting which cast members survive and which succumb to the screeching songs of the zombies, who have sewn up their larynxes to perform harmonized ditties in honor of Halloween. As musical trends rarely reach the deaf ears of the undead, the play’s soundtrack gathers inspiration from such disparate sources as George Gershwin, Green Day, and the werewolf doo-wop group that sometimes practices out of The Charnel House’s basement.
Those intrepid souls who plan to sit in the front rows should plan to bring a cloth with which to clean their monocles, as the stage’s invisible fourth wall may prove porous to blood and flying bits of brain. A live band provides backing tracks to heighten the horrific drama, and the theater itself is a converted funeral home that will have audience members desperately trying to hold down their libations at this BYOB affair.