Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition

John Dempsey, Hugh Murphy, Dana P. Rowe, Marc Tumminelli

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5m, 5girl(s)

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

A youth-theatre adaptation of the popular Off-Broadway girl-loves-ghoul rock and roll musical, set in the atomic 1950's.

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5m, 5girl(s)
  • Duration
    75 Minutes
  • 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)

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-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.

Originally produced at BROADWAY WORKSHOP in New York City.


Performing Groups
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
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  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


ZOMBIE PROM takes place in the nuclear 1950s. 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.


5m, 5girl(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
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 Notes

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.


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



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

"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

"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

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

"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: 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





John Dempsey


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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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