New Musical Thrill Me Opens at York Theatre Company May 26

News   New Musical Thrill Me Opens at York Theatre Company May 26
 
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, the new musical about thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, officially opens May 26 at the York Theatre Company.
Matt Bauer (back) and Doug Kreeger in Thrill Me
Matt Bauer (back) and Doug Kreeger in Thrill Me Photo by Carol Rosegg

Previews for the musical, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, began May 16. Doug Kreeger stars as Richard Loeb opposite the Nathan Leopold of Matt Bauer in Thrill Me, which will play a limited engagement through June 25.

The pre-recorded voices of John McMartin and Stephen Bogardus — playing members of the Parole Board — are also 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 is 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.'"

Matt Bauer was recently on Broadway in the hit new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He also appeared in the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy. 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 plays 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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