Independent film and independent theater collide this June at Fringe Festival. Get ready for an all new, musical adaptation of the indie cult classic comedy horror film, Hell’s Kitty! (read our review here) The Los Angeles theater company, New Musicals Inc. (NMI), and the entertainment production company, Smart Media, are joining forces for the production. It’s all based on the original, award-winning web-series, comic book, and movie. Are you ready for Hell’s Kitty: The Musical?
Read on for all the details!
From The Hell’s Kitty: The Musical Press Release
Unlike the movie, the musical is more of an unrequited love story involving a lonely, struggling writer, who blames his cat for his lack of inspiration, not knowing that his cat is possessed by someone from his past. The musical like the movie, which attracted horror fans and cat lovers alike, with its uncanny array of iconic cult figures from classic eighties horror films, hopes to develop the story line further by adding new musical performances, and expanding off of what began in the film with Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary) performing a parody of Frank N’ Furter in drag. This time, however, the actors will really be singing!
Adapted for the stage by Hell’s Kitty writer/director and star, Nicholas Tana, Hell’s Kitty: The Musical is a collaborative contribution between Nicholas Tana and Alexa Borden, a Los Angeles based composer, who arranged most of the music while Tana contributed to the lyrics and melody. Other musical contributors include Richard Albert, a German based film composer, who also worked on the film and web-series, and Spanish born composer, Miguel Coiz. The song, “Chainsaw Kitty,” written by Richard Albert and Nicholas Tana, was an American Tracks Winner for Best Song in a Film in 2018 and will appear in the musical to be directed by veteran musical theater director, Denis McCourt.
Here’s a sample number to give you an idea of what they’re going for.
Hell’s Kitty: The Musical Synopsis
The story centers on a fictionalized account of Mr. Tana’s precarious relationship living with his possessive and possessed cat named Angel, and his inability to date as a result. While the musical numbers move the plot along at an entertaining pace, Nick’s initial denial of his cat’s more nefarious, supernatural tendencies (imagine Stephen King’s Carrie as a cat) fades away, once he realizes that buried within the cute, cuddly cat resides someone far more sinister.
How fun! Tickets can be purchased at The Broadwater Theater or online here.
1st Preview: Sunday, June 9 at 10:30pm
2nd Preview: Thursday, June 13 at 8pm
Opening: Friday, June 14 at 10pm
2nd Show: Friday, June 21 at 10:30pm
3rd Show: Saturday, June 22 at 10pm
4th Show: Friday, June 28 at 9:30pm
5th Show: Saturday, June 29 at 9pm
Hell’s Kitty the movie is currently available on most major platforms, including Amazon, Vudu, and iTunes. Be sure to seek it out and give it a watch if you haven’t already.
As for the musical, how cool is that? If you find yourself in the LA area, be sure to check it out.
Will you be at Fringe Festival this year? Tell us in the comments!