CarnEvil: Gothic Rock Opera Coming to Los Angeles

CarnEvil: Gothic Rock Opera Coming to Los Angeles

Is this the next Phantom of Paradise or Rocky Horror Picture show? What audience participation might CarnEvil warrant? I’m not recommending buckets of blood at your side when you go see this Goth Rock Opera, but with a little luck (or not) you might come out with a little less blood on you than your average Gwar show. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you seen this one? Post some comments. Is Horror Rock Opera Dead (in a good way)? Paint your nails. Listen to “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” a couple times and put on break out your Rocky Horror Picture Show survival kit. Full details below.

Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 8th, 2011 — Live Theater in Los Angeles is about to get a dose of fright — just in time for Halloween.

The original gothic horror musical, CarnEvil, which runs from September 16th through October 22nd at the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles, is a world-premiere for composer Michael Teoli.

Brief preview of what you might expect from CarnEvil…

After scoring music for numerous feature films, New England-born Teoli, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, is eager to bring the genre to the stage.

“For the horror genre, the stage can be even more powerful than the screen,” says Teoli, who has scored or worked or more than 40 films during his ten years as a composer. “There is an immediate satisfaction that comes from scaring a live audience that you can’t get from a movie.”


The story follows a young man with a dark past who returns to a family-owned carnival after a long absence, only to find unspeakable horrors waiting for him.

The production features a live band and a cast of 21 that includes both dancers and puppeteers. The project was co-written by Joe Fria and is directed by Janet Roston.

Michael Teoli is available for interviews and photo opportunities beginning September 9th, 2011.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at, or by calling the theater’s box office at 310-281-8337.

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Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived Horrorabilly band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror/suspense short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.

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