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The Walking Dead: The Musical

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LAist loves watching bad musicals and horror movies in the summer. Much to our delight, the programmers at the American Cinematheque are screening a week of horror movies and musicals, probably as a prelude to their upcoming Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction.

“Can't Stop The Musicals: More Musicals from the 1970s and 80s” series runs July 28th–August 3rd. The series includes a rock music version of The Passion of Christ (Jesus Christ Superstar); Ken Russell's brilliantly deranged life of composer Franz Liszt starring The Who's Roger Daltrey (Lisztomania); campy send-up of "The Pirates Of Penzance" with teen heart-throbs Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins (The Pirate Movie); and a remake of Lost Horizon with music by Burt Bacharach and choreography by Hermes Pan; Herbert Ross and Steve Martin's take on writer Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, and an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt, based on Joseph Papp's acclaimed Public Theater production.

Arrive early for a program of musical shorts—mostly new—but they've found a long lost gem, "Junior High School" from 1978, starring Paula Abdul!