Zombie Prom

by  Dana P. Rowe, Hugh Murphy, John Dempsey

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5m, 5f

"A gentle send up of the teenage romance films...given a radioactive glow of novelty." - New York Times


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage. 

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Reviews

"A musical blast!  Fun for the whole nuclear family!" - New York Daily News

"Don't miss it!  Slicker than "Grease", smoother than "Rocky Horror", bigger and funnier than "Little Shop of Horrors!" - WOR

"Exhilarating! Sharp, spiffy, brighter and better crafted than both "The Rocky Horror Show" and "Grease" put together.  It has musical wit and breathtakingly catchy, rich melodies. - New York Law Journal

"Zombie Prom is a breath of freshness and vitality, an exhilarating sign of spring and renewed life in today's musical landscape of spectacles and revivals." - Martin Gottfried, The New York Law Journal

"Zombie Prom (a toxic schlock opera), a feel-good, user-friendly musical comedy (with) its witty, ribald script and clever-tuneful songs..." - The Miami Herald

"The music by Dana P. Rowe and lyrics by John Dempsey are full-bore teen anthems from start to finish, sung by a group of full-voiced singers who slalom down (and up) every melodic curve."
- The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"ZOMBIE PROM: Kooky, creepy, campy fun...Packed with soupy mock-'50s sock hop tunes and more teen-age turmoil than a John Waters film..." - Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

"This is pure entertainment with a rock 'n roll beat.  The sound is polished, the lyrics are strong...Trash becomes treasure when Rowe and Dempsey reflect on contemporary pop culture." - Key West, Solares Hill

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: ZOMBIE PROM takes place in the nuclear fifties. It is set in the hallways and classrooms of Enrico Fermi High School, the newsroom of Exposé Magazine, a television studio, and Toffee's bedroom.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Enrico Fermi High (Ensemble)
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Jonny Don't Go to the Nuclear Plant (Toffee, Girls)
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Rules, Regulations, and Respect (Delilah, Kids)
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The Voice in the Ocean (Toffee, Jonny)
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Case Closed (Eddie, Delilah, Jonny)
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Isn't it? (Ensemble)
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Casting

5m, 5f

DELILAH STRICT: Female, 35-50 (Range: Mezzo Soprano Belt, G33-A5)
School Principal; icy and hard on the outside with a heart of gold. Should have good comic timing - think Carol Burnett or Bette Midler.

TOFFEE: Female, HS Senior (Range: Soprano Belt, F3-E5)
Good girl from the right side of the tracks. Hopelessly in love with Jonny. Sweet and funny - think Gidget or Sandra Dee.

CANDY: Female, HS Senior (Range: Mezzo Belt, F3-G5)
Nervous and hyper. Always chewing her nails. Think a young Marge Simpson. Can double as Mother's Voice, Secretary, Make-Up Lady.

COCO: Female, HS Senior (Range: Soprano Belt,  F3-G5)
Coco isn't bad, she's just drawn that way. Think Jessica Rabbit with a dry wit. Can double Secretary (Sheila), Stage Manager.

GINGER: Female HS Senior (Range: Soprano Belt, F3-G5)
Class nerd, sweet and means well but she verges on annoying. Think Gilda Radner. Can double Secretary, Ramona Merengue.

JONNY WARNER: Male, HS Senior (Range: Rock Tenor, C3-C5)
Good kid from the wrong side of the tracks.  Sincere and funny. Think Ross from "Friends."

JOEY: Male, HS Senior (Range: Tenor, E3-F4)
Class Jock. Big, handsome and dumb. Think "duh..." Can double Father's Voice, Copy Boy, Motorwise Gasoline Guy.

JOSH: Male, HS Senior (Range: Tenor, E3-Eb4)
The class geek.  Aspiring journalist. Think Pee Wee Herman without the weird voice. Can double Announcer.

JAKE: Male, HS Senior (Range: Rock Tenor, E3-F4)
Probably voted the most popular.  He's sweet and personable and is deeply in love with Candy. Think Richie from "Happy Days." Can double Copy Boy, Motorwise Gasoline Guy.

EDDIE FLAGRANTE: Male, 35-50 (Range: Baritone, D3-Ab4)
Newspaper Journalist; opportunistic tabloid reporter who roots for the underdog and "justice" in the end. Think Geraldo Rivera but with Kevin Klein's comic appeal.

CHORUS (SATB)
Covered from within the cast or these parts can be assigned separately to expand the cast: Assorted Parents, Secretaries, Copy boys, TV Floor Workers and Singers.


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The ranges, doublings and character descriptions in the chart below are only suggestions based on the talent in the New York cast. ZOMBIE PROM has been performed successfully with many different sized casts and vocal types but was originally written for a cast of ten, in which case doubling is needed for the Prologue, I-2 and II-2.

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1 Piano Conductor Score
20 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Synthesizer
1 Electric/Acoustic Guitar
1 Bass Guitar
1 Drums



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Authors

Dana P. Rowe

Dana P. Rowe is an American composer whose musical theater works have been performed in New York City, London’s West End and around the world.  Rowe’s scores for The Fix and The Witches Of Eastwick, both of which were produced in London by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, e ...

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Hugh Murphy

Hugh Murphy

John Dempsey

John Dempsey

ZOMBIE PROM was produced at The Red Barn Theatre in Key West, Florida in February, 1993.  Joy Hawkins, director; Dana P. Rowe, musical director.

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