A musical triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history! In 1920s Germany, director F.W. Murnau fears he may lose a lawsuit brought by the estate of Bram Stoker over his silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is suspiciously similar to Dracula. Will all of the prints be destroyed? In 1930s Hollywood, make-up man Jack Pierce works carefully to create the defining look for Frankenstein’s monster while trying to meet the demands of the studio. Will he get the credit he deserves? In 1970s England, actor Peter Cushing hopes to be able to finish the final British sequels to Frankenstein and Dracula before outside forces threaten to get in the way. Will his horror fans be disappointed? Will all of these men triumph while fighting for their art against the various demons they must face? As these famous monster makers each discover- -sometimes real life can be even more frightening than the movies!
“Monster Makers captures the magic behind movie monsters throughout the history of film—a loving tribute to the geniuses behind three cult classics!” - Sioux City Journal
"This is a highly intelligent and compelling musical. It’s extraordinarily entertaining. The music is quite wonderful and so are the lyrics. This is again proof that if you really love something, you’ll do a good job with it, and that shows throughout this piece. It has tremendous legs — legs even longer than Frankenstein’s monster! Keep an eye out for Monster Makers. I think you are going to be delightfully surprised!” - Broadway Radio, Read More
“The movie-macabre has come, by way of the musical! Intelligent and uplifting, Monster Makers is worth the ticket to ride. Haunting melodies and fast-flowing lyrics. This triple-feature takes a uniquely individual trip through filmic horror lore!” - Theatre Pizzazz, Read More
“A great, fun idea for a musical. The songs were excellent. Dolginoff is a poetic and romantic composer. The general experience was one of intensity and joy. ” - New York Cabaret Today, Read More
Check out these photos of LAMB Arts Theatre production of Monster Makers in September 2015 (photos by Russell Wooley) and Valentine Theatre’s production in September 2016 (photos by Erich Morse).
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Monster Makers was first presented in New York City at the Daryl Roth Theatre on June 22, 2015. It was produced by New York Theatre Barn (Joe Barros, Artistic Director; Mark Montague, Managing Director; Laura Brandel, Artistic Producer). The performers were Stephen Dolginoff, Camille Diamond, John McVeigh, Leo Ash Evens and Zachary Orts.