Kreeger Replaces Calvert in York's Thrill Me

News   Kreeger Replaces Calvert in York's Thrill Me Doug Kreeger has replaced the previously announced Heath Calvert in the York Theatre Company's upcoming mounting of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story.

Kreeger will play Richard Loeb opposite the Nathan Leopold of Matt Bauer, a spokesperson for the production confirmed. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, Thrill Me is set to begin performances May 16 with an official opening May 26. The limited engagement will run through June 25.

The pre-recorded voices of John McMartin and Stephen Bogardus — playing members of the Parole Board — will also be part of the production.

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story premiered in 2003 as part of the Fourth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City. The musical features book, music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff; Eugene Gwozdz will be the musical director for the York run. The remainder of the creative team comprises James Morgan (set design), Thom Weaver (lighting design) and Jennifer Paar (costume design).

The musical drama, according to production notes, "recounts the chilling tale of the legendary duo who committed one of the most infamous and heinous crimes of the 20th century. Set in 1924 Chicago, it chronicles the events that led childhood friends Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb to forever be remembered as 'the thrill killers.'"

Doug Kreeger has appeared in the European tours of Grease and Hair as well as the national tour of Peter Pan. His New York theatrical credits include Beach Radio and The Embracers, and his regional work includes Children of Eden, Grease and Hair. Thrill Me will play Monday through Thursday evenings at 8 PM, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:30 PM with matinees on Wednesdays at 2:30 PM and Saturdays at 5 PM. Tickets, priced at $55, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.

The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's is located at 619 Lexington Avenue with the entrance at 54th Street. Visit www.yorktheatre.org for more information.

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