As nuclear waste-fueled musicals go, 'Zombie Prom' is pretty tame

If a musical titled "Zombie Prom" makes you think of a cross between "The Rocky Horror Show" and "High School Musical," you would be about right.

Both have their place, for better or worse, in the musical-theater canon. But the fate of "Zombie Prom," now among the living dead in Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's production at the Civic Center Music Hall, likely lies in the realm of the, well, dead dead.

"Zombie Prom" is set in the nuclear '50s, when in an act of youthful rebellion, Johnny Warner (Michael Stewart), a new student from the wrong side of the tracks at Enrico Fermi High School, meets Toffee (Alex Hall), and they date through the fall and spring semesters until her parents make the couple break up. He reacts by throwing himself into a nuclear-waste tank at the Francis Gary Powers Nuclear Power Plant, the show's first anachronism.

But he soon returns, "brought back by the power of love," says Toffee, as a "nuclear zombie." Miss Delilah Strict (Renee Anderson), the high school's ruler-wielding principal, abides no zombies at her school. Students protest for "zombie rights," a sensibility more of the 1960s and 1970s than the conformist 1950s, and Miss Strict threatens to cancel the senior prom. The horror!

Covering all this, Eddie Flagrante (Jonathan Beck Reed), editor of the gossip magazine Expos