Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  5w, 5m plus ensemble

Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Adapted by Marc Tumminelli
Based on a story by John Dempsey and Hugh M. Murphy

A youth-theatre adaptation of the popular off-Broadway girl-loves-ghoul rock ’n’ roll musical, set in the atomic 1950s.

Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 5m plus ensemble
  • Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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This girl-loves-ghoul rock ’n’ 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-seeking 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.


Zombie Prom was first produced at The Red Barn Theatre in Key West, Florida in February 1993. On 26 March 1996, the show premiered off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theatre. Directed by Philip Wm. McKinley, the off-Broadway production featured Richard Roland, Jessica-Snow Wilson, Richard Muenz and Karen Murphy. Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition was originally produced at Broadway Workshop in New York City.

DELIAH STRICT – 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 – Senior; Good girl from the right side of the tracks.  Hopelessly in love with Jonny. (Sweet and funny – think Gidget or Sandra Dee)
CANDY – Senior; Nervous and hyper. Always chewing her nails.  (Think a young Marge Simpson)
COCO – Senior, Coco isn’t bad, she's just drawn that way. (Think Jessica Rabbit with a dry wit)
GINGER – Senior; Class nerd, sweet and means well but she verges on annoying. (Think Gilda Radner)
JONNY WARNER – Senior; Good kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Sincere and funny. (Think Ross from Friends)
JOEY – Senior; Class Jock. Big, handsome and dumb. (Think "duh...")
JOSH – Senior; The class geek. Aspiring journalist. (Think Pee Wee Herman without the weird voice)
JAKE – Senior; Probably voted the most popular. He's sweet and personable and is deeply in love with Candy. (Think Richie from Happy Days)
EDDIE FLAGRANTE – 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)
ENSEMBLE – Assorted Parents, Secretaries, Copy Boys, TV Floor Workers and Singers.

Casting Note: The ranges, doublings and character descriptions 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.

The ranges, doublings and character descriptions 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.

  • Time Period 1950s
  • Features Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Special Effects
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“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

“A feel-good, user-friendly musical comedy... witty, ribald script and clever-tuneful songs.” – The Miami Herald

“Kooky, creepy, campy fun... Packed with soupy mock-’50s sock hop tunes and more teenage turmoil than a John Waters film... The music by Dana P. Rowe and lyrics by John Dempsey are full-bore teen anthems from start to finish” – 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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  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Piano Only
  • Chorus Size Large

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John Dempsey


Hugh Murphy

Dana P. Rowe

Dana P. Rower, Composer. In collaboration with John Dempsey, he's written the scores for Blackbeard, Brother Russia, The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix, Zombie Prom, and The Reluctant Dragon. He also provided music for The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde, FRIDA, See Jane Run, and The ...

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Marc Tumminelli

Marc Tumminelli is the founder of New York’s top training program for young actors – Broadway Workshop. Marc served as the Dialogue/Acting Coach for the Disney film Better Nate Than Ever, starring Lisa Kudrow. Theatrical Directing credits include; Beautiful: The Carole King M ...
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