ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING FOR CRITICALLY
ACCLAIMED MUSICAL—DUBBED “THE WIZARD OF OZ
OF HORROR”—IS FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR
DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES AND OTHER SITES
The original cast recording of “Nothing Like Vaudeville,” the critically acclaimed 1994 musical that was touted in its initial run as “Rocky Horror meets The Music Man” and “The Wizard Of Oz of Horror,” is finally being given its due in the digital age.
The soundtrack, which was initially released in 1995, is now available for download on iTunes and numerous other internet sites.
The show’s main composer, Ted Sikora, has taken the revolutionary step of promoting the revamped version of this dynamic recording with a unique YouTube trailer featuring black and white footage and title cards—reflecting a style of silent filmmaking from the 1920s, the era in which “Nothing Like Vaudeville” is based.
The promo video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdULL1ZqwDo.
Sikora, whose recent Indie film Hero Tomorrow debuted at Comic Con International in San Diego, is currently in the process of revamping the show to bring it to the stage once again. His success as director, co-writer and co-producer of Hero Tomorrow has also inspired the idea of ultimately adapting “Nothing Like Vaudeville” as a feature film.
From its modest beginnings at the Phantasy Theater in Cleveland, the show evolved and received praise from publications worldwide. In the later ‘90s, it was slightly rewritten and staged at Daytona Beach Community College.
The National Operatic & Dramatic Association said of the “Nothing But Vaudeville” soundtrack recording: “It is a must for any cast album collection.” The disc also scored a positive review by legendary Broadway critic Max O. Preeo in Show Music Magazine.
“Nothing Like Vaudeville” emerged from the early ‘90s vaudeville-influenced rock band of the same name launched by Ted and his brother Kurt Sikora. The group released a ten-song concept album and performed at numerous clubs in the region; in October 1993, the band performed a 15-minute horror show in Canal Fulton, Ohio as part of the annual Clay’s Park Haunted Halloween Festival. The “Nothing Like Vaudeville Wax Museum Horror Show” was developed and subsequently seen by nearly 3,000 people. One of those in attendance, Kevin James, who had an extensive background in theater, offered to help the brothers take the project to the next level.