No Blood, No Gore, Just Campy ’50s Fun

Theater: ‘Zombie Prom’
The cast of “Zombie Prom” features Dana Wilton, Richard Frey, Dominick Ventrella, Sydney Coelho, Tommy Ovitt, Lexi Tobin, Jody Bayer, Stephen DiRocco, Karl Hinger and Erin Shaughnessy. It runs at TheatreWorks New Milford through Aug. 5. Photo by Richard Pettibone

There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of “Zombie Prom,” a rock ’n’ roll musical set in the 1950s. 

The show had a short life Off-Broadway in the early 1990s, and Matt Austin — the director of the current production at TheatreWorks New Milford — stumbled upon the original cast recording as a kid. He became obsessed with “Zombie Prom” and has always wanted to direct it. His wish has come true in this cozy theater, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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