From Carrie, to The Silence of the Lambs, to The Evil Dead, to even Re-Animator, classic horror films have been getting the musical theatre treatment for decades now, and the latest beloved property to add to that list is Stephen King’s The Shining. Well, to be more accurate, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of The Shining. In development for a couple of years now, Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Shining recently held a sneak preview performance in New York City, one which was reportedly met with positive reactions.
Redrum: The Musical was apparently inspired by writer Joe Lovero drunkenly watching The Shining over and over, and wondering why no one had turned the story into a campy musical yet. Lovero then used Craigslist of all things to recruit composer Jon Hugo Ungar onto the team. Starring in the play are Tony winner Alice Ripley (Wendy) and Tony nominee Douglas Sills (Jack). Danny and Dick are also represented of course, as are most other supporting characters, including the Grady twins, Lloyd the Bartender, and the bear-suited man who seems to enjoy giving old rich guys oral pleasure. The Overlook Hotel itself also shares its own thoughts in the play, through a live voice-over performance.
Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Shining is produced by Brooklyn-based theatre company HIPZEE, who (presumably tongue-in-cheekily) promise to leave a front row seat open for Jack Nicholson. The play officially takes the stage in October 2015, just in time for Halloween.
Here’s hoping Redrum: The Musical ends up being as hilarious as the theatrical rendition of Silence of the Lambs. I can just imagine a potential song now: “Hair of the dog that bit me LLoyd! Give me the hair of the dog! My wife and son constrict me Lloyd, so give me the hair of the dogggggggggg.” Okay, they’ll probably be a lot better than that. I’ve never been mistaken for a song writer.