Though it's packed with unnerving moments from start to finish, viewers of The Shining may remember the ghost of Delbert Grady telling Jack Torrance that he must "correct" his wife and child as a particularly creepy scene, and next year fans of the film can see Delbert's suggestion mixed with dancing and humor onstage in a musical theater parody of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic.

If you enjoyed Stephen King's 1977 novel, The Shining, have watched Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation of the same name multiple times, or enjoyed watching horror and humor melded in a live show like Evil Dead The Musical, then you may want to check out the upcoming REDRUM: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Shining. Set to hit the stage sometime next fall, the musical parody made an onstage sneak peek performance on Wednesday night.

To get a taste of what's to come, we have the official press release below and a filmed scene from the musical (it should be noted that actor Max Roll from the video is still in the production, though Jack Torrance is now played by Douglas Sills in place of Marc Kudisch):

"November 20th, 2014, New York, NY – The sick and twisted characters of The Overlook Hotel have been resurrected. However, this time with some in your face, laugh out loud singing credentials. The Stephen King horror novel, turned Stanley Kubrick film classic, turned musical parody, showcased Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) as Wendy and Tony Award nominated actor, Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel), as Jack from last night’s sneak peek at Pearl Studios NYC. The musical features book and lyrics by Joe Lovero (Book of Leo) and composer extraordinaire Jon Hugo Ungar.

Writer/Director, Lovero, is elated to bring this quick-witted musical to life: “REDRUM was born like most major works of musical theater – drunken spouses on their 2nd (3rd?) bottle of wine, watching one of their favorite horror movies for the 1,000th time, crying out ridiculous song ideas while wondering, “why hasn’t anyone turned this into a campy musical yet?!” This of course leads to the next logical step, a 2:30am Craigslist post from a sleep deprived writer/director, seeking a composer to “make beautiful musical theater with” – because everyone knows all great composers seek work on Craigslist from writers that promise to pay them with his wife’s legendary meatballs.”

Other cast showcased in last night’s sneak peek include Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening) as the “boy who shines” Danny; Mark Price (Mary Poppins) as Tony (aka the little boy that lives inside Danny's mouth); Andre Ward (Rock of Ages) as “top chef” Dick Hallorann; Cait Fairbanks (Heathers: The Musical) and Brittney Lee Hamilton (The Countess of Storyville) as the “come play with us” Grady Sisters; Max Roll (our token British actor) as the murder enticing caretaker, Delbert Grady and Stuart Ullman; Tom Deckman (Spamalot) as Bill Watson, Lloyd the Bartender, the infamous Bear, plus the Female Doctor; and Todd Alan Johnson (Aida) as none other than the “creepy voice” of The Overlook Hotel.

Lead Producers on the musical parody extravaganza include Rob Baunoch III, Michael Mayhugh, and Tara Sickmeier of HIPZEE; a Brooklyn based Entertainment Company. “Joe and Jon have created a dark and funny throwback to classic musical theatre. Obviously, we will save a seat sideline for Jack Nicholson," states team HIPZEE. REDRUM: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of ‘The Shining’ is set to open next Halloween Season 2015.

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.