Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Murder Ballad Released May 28

By Andrew Gans
28 May 2013

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The original Off-Broadway cast recording of Murder Ballad, the new musical that played an acclaimed, sold-out engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club's The Studio at Stage II and recently reopened at the Union Square Theatre, is released May 28 on the Yellow Sound label.

Produced by Michael Croiter, the recording is now available on Amazon and iTunes. For additional information visit www.yellowsoundlabel.com.

The recording features the original Off-Broadway cast, including Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (West Side Story, In the Heights) and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Hair).

The current production includes three three cast members from the MTC run, Conlee, Jones and Swenson, who are joined by Caissie Levy.



Murder Ballad was conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Julia Jordan with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman directs.

"A love triangle gone wrong," Murder Ballad, according to press notes, "centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive new musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us."

The creative team includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Leon Rothenberg (sound design), Doug Varone (choreography) and Justin Levine (music director, vocal arranger and orchestrator).

The musical is produced at the Union Square Theatre by Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Inc.; Niclas Nagler; Richard Frankel; Tom Viertel; Steven Baruch; Marc Routh; Simone Genatt Haft; Scott M. Delman; and Susanne Adamski.

Tickets are available by visiting Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 982-2787 or by going to the Union Square Theatre Box Office (100 East 17th Street).

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