Thrill Me Extends at York; Composer Takes Over Lead Role

News   Thrill Me Extends at York; Composer Takes Over Lead Role Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, the new musical about thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, has extended its run at the York Theatre Company.

A spokesperson for the theatre company told Playbill.com that Thrill Me will play an additional two weeks. Originally scheduled to end its limited run June 25, the musical will now close July 10. And, in a surprise bit of casting news, the composer of the musical — Stephen Dolginoff — will step into the role of Nathan Leopold, previously played by Matt Bauer. Bauer has a previous commitment and could not extend his time with the acclaimed production.

Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, the musical officially opened May 26 with Doug Kreeger as Richard Loeb opposite the Nathan Leopold of Bauer. 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.'"

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.

Matt Bauer (standing) and Doug Kreeger in <i>Thrill Me</i>
Matt Bauer (standing) and Doug Kreeger in Thrill Me Photo by Carol Rosegg
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