Caissie Levy Will Join John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Swenson for Return Limited Run of Murder Ballad
By Andrew Gans
Murder Ballad, the new musical that played an acclaimed, sold-out engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club's The Studio at Stage II, will transfer to the Union Square Theatre this spring.
The nine-week engagement will begin May 7 with an official opening May 22.
The production will feature three three cast members from the MTC run, John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Will Swenson, who will be joined by Caissie Levy. Levy will play the role of Sara, the part originated by Tony winner Karen Olivo, who recently announced via a blog posting that she is "starting over."
Murder Ballad, which recently received five Lucille Lortel nominations, including Best Musical, 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 being 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.
The world-premiere cast album will be released soon from Yellow Sound Label.
Tickets will go on sale on April 10 via Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 982-2787. Starting April 29, the Union Square Theatre Box Office (100 East 17th Street) will sell tickets, which are priced $80 for performances Monday-Thursday and $90 for performances Friday-Sunday. Rush policies will be announced shortly.
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