If you’re a fan of The Shining as well as musical theater, writer/director Joe Lovero has concocted the perfect combination for you in the form of REDRUM: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of ‘The Shining’, which features music from composer Jon Hugo Ungar. The show will be premiering Halloween season in 2015.
There was a showcase of the piece Wednesday night that featured Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) as Wendy and Tony Award nominated actor, Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Jack.
Lovero explains how he came up with the premise:
REDRUM was born like most major works of musical theater – drunken spouses on their 2nd (3rd?) bottle of wine, watching one of their favorite horror movies for the 1,000th time, crying out ridiculous song ideas while wondering, “why hasn’t anyone turned this into a campy musical yet?!” This of course leads to the next logical step, a 2:30am Craigslist post from a sleep deprived writer/director, seeking a composer to “make beautiful musical theater with” – because everyone knows all great composers seek work on Craigslist from writers that promise to pay them with his wife’s legendary meatballs.
Below is the original short that inspired the musical.