Company of Murder Ballad Will Rock On for Cast Album
By Kenneth Jones
Murder Ballad, the new rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, now getting its world premiere by Manhattan Theatre Club, will be preserved on a cast recording from Yellow Label Sound.
The recording will feature 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). Michael Croiter will produce the album.
Murder Ballad is conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jordan, with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Nash. It's directed by Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman (Paul Weitz's Lonely, I'm Not; Adam Bock's A Small Fire).
Here's how the show is billed: "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 betrayals that can ultimately undo us."
Justin Levine handles music direction, vocal arrangements and orchestrations.
Release date and purchase information for the album will be announced. Check here for pre-order information.
The extended but limited engagement of Murder Ballad plays to Dec. 16 at MTC's Off-Broadway home at New York City Center Stage II. The show is part of The Sudio at Stage II Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series.
Murder Ballad was originally presented by New York Stage and Film Company and The Powerhouse Theater at Vassar in July 2012.
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