PHOTO CALL: Karen Olivo, Will Swenson, John Ellison Conlee and Rebecca Naomi Jones Star in New Musical Murder Ballad
By Krissie Fullerton
08 Nov 2012
Manhattan Theatre Club's Murder Ballad, a new rock musical that launches the company's new Studio at Stage II Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series, began previews Oct. 31 for a run to Dec. 2. John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Karen Olivo and Will Swenson star in the show created by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash.
Here's how MTC bills the musical: "A love triangle gone wrong, Murder Ballad 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 small betrayals that can ultimately undo us."
Julia Jordan is a Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist. Juliana Nash is an indie rock singer/songwriter. Cullman's directing credits include Paul Weitz's Lonely, I'm Not and Adam Bock's A Small Fire.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.