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Zombie Prom

Chi Chi Manfred Productions / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/17/2009 5:29 PM | Comments: 0

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B-movies have it all wrong: zombies aren’t out for brains. They just want to win back the girl who made them commit suicide in a nuclear waste dump.

Luckily for fringers, Zombie Prom is here to clarify. Originally a 1993 off-Broadway musical, then a cult 2007 film starring RuPaul, this kitschy satire of 1950s teen culture has been given a lavish, loving resurrection by a self-directed local cast.

Every second of Zombie Prom is a delight. The costumes are eye-candy; the choreography is uproariously gleeful. And the cast! No shuffling performances here: no matter who has the spotlight, everyone on stage is doing something clever, colourful and sinfully entertaining.

While each of the 16 energetic young performers is outstanding, there are some knockouts. Trumpet-voiced Nikki Duval is a delectable villain as voluptuous headmistress Delilah Strict, and Chantel Marostica’s brassy Candy is the perfect comic foil to director Connie Manfredi’s lovelorn Toffee, who pines after her undead ex-boyfriend.

This show deserves five stars. One small problem: the volume. From as close as the third row, a number of solo lines — especially from the two male leads — were almost totally inaudible. Using untrained singers adds to the show’s countless charms, but tossing a mic on the stage would have let us enjoy them fully.

— Melissa Martin
 

From the official Fringe program:

It’s the classic love story: Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl go steady. Girl dumps Boy. Boy is sad. Boy commits suicide by driving his motorcycle into a Nuclear Waste Dump. Boy comes back as a Zombie.

His story is brought to life (no pun intended) through the characters, songs and dances of the Off-Broadway cult show Zombie Prom.

RECOMMENDED: General Audience

90 min.

Venue#6 Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse 140 Rupert Ave (Lily St entrance)

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $7 for If you come dressed as a Zombie.

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