‘Zombie Cash’ rises again: Hit Halloween tribute is back at the Jalopy Theater

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It turns out Johnny Cash really does walk the line — between alive and dead, that is.

The legendary country singer will rise from the grave in the form of Brooklyn musician Steve Sasso, who portrays a zombified version of the country star in satirical tribute show “Zombie Cash” at the Jalopy Theatre on Nov. 1. Also performing live, in a manner of speaking, will be Bob “Bloody Tracks” Dylan and Roy “Gorebison.”

“It’s like a Halloween threesome,” said Sasso, who is also the vocalist of self-proclaimed “old-timey” band the Booboo Danger.

“Zombie Cash” made its debut last Halloween, featuring spooky spoofs on classic Cash songs, like the “Cry, Cry, Cry” parody “Die, Die, Die.” It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but Sasso said the show’s surprise success inspired him to reanimate its corpse once again — and to write a few new tunes for the occasion.

“People were asking me if we were going to do it again and I just love Halloween so much,” he said. “So I wrote a few more songs because I wanted to give people something new. It gives people an excuse to go out and get dressed up.”

Zombie Dylan, also known as musician Wyndham Baird, and Zombie Orbinson, portrayed by an open mic king known only as Pete, are also new additions to the show, while Booboo Danger vocalist and pianist Aviva Jaye will bring June Carter Cash back from the dead for a second year.

“I thought it would be funny visually since I’m African American,” Jaye said.

For the team at Jalopy, putting on “Zombie Cash” again is a no-brainer.

“We always love a tribute to the icons, especially if there’s a twist,” Jalopy spokesperson Karen Duffy said.

“Zombie Cash” at the Jalopy Theatre [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Redhook, (718) 395–3214,]. Nov. 1, 9 pm, $10.

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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