Christiane Noll, known for playing good girls in such musicals as Jekyll & Hyde and Little by Little, will take a whack at the infamous title role in Christopher McGovern and Amy Powers' musical, Lizzie Borden, Nov. 1-25 at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.
The musical retells the story of the real-life, infamous hatchet murders of Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, in 1892 Massachusetts, tracing the lives of the spinster daughter accused of the crime, and the townspeople who put her on trial. Bill Castellino, who directed and choreographed the show's world premiere by American Stage Company in Teaneck, NJ, in 1998, again helms.
The tuner has book and lyrics by Amy Powers and Christopher McGovern and music by McGovern. Alison Fraser played Lizzie in New Jersey and is heard on the single-disc cast album on the Original Cast Records label.
The Goodspeed cast includes Eleanor Glockner (Abby), Timothy Jerome (Andrew), Mackenzie Mauzy (the Girl), and Tina Stafford (as sister Emma). The cast of 14 includes Bridget Beirne, Danica Connors, Brenda Cummings, Andy Gale, Mischa Kischkum, Darren Matthias, Tally Sessions, Melinda Tanner and Gwendolyn Walker.
William J. Thomas is musical director, with orchestrations by McGovern. Designers are Michael Anania (set), Dale DiBernardo (costumes), Paul Miller (lighting). Goodspeed Musicals' executive producer is Michael P. Price. *
McGovern also wrote The Ugly Duck for Theatreworks/USA, and is the resident composer/lyricist for Stages of Imagination in Philadelphia. He has also music directed throughout the country. Powers penned additional lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard.
The Norma Terris Theatre is the space where Goodspeed Musicals presents new, newly-revised and developing work. The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, is the company's mainstage, which also houses new works, but focuses mainly on revivals.
Lizzie Borden tickets are $32. For information, call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.
The sensational Lizzie Borden case in Fall River, MA, has previously inspired the Jack Beeson opera, Lizzie Borden and Agnes DeMille's ballet, Fall River Legend. There is also another Lizzie Borden musical with an all-female casting concept, Frozen River, by composer-lyricist Danny Musha and librettist-lyricist Stephen Wallem. That show has had developmental readings in New York and Chicago.
— By Kenneth Jones