The Verdict: Critics Review Rock Musical Murder Ballad With Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and More

Murder Ballad, the new immersive musical by playwright Julia Jordan indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash, opened May 22 at the Union Square Theatre.

Rebecca Naomi Jones
Rebecca Naomi Jones (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Caissie Levy, John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Will Swenson star in the musical directed by Trip Cullman. The musical previously played an acclaimed, sold-out engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club's The Studio at Stage II last fall.

"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."

Several critics returned to review the new engagement. has collected them for our readers.

Bergen Record

Entertainment Weekly

Huffington Post

New York Daily News

New York Post

The New York Times

Time Out New York (updated from Nov. 2012)


Tickets are available via or by calling (800) 982-2787 or by visiting the Union Square Theatre Box Office (100 East 17th Street). Tickets are priced $80 for performances Monday-Thursday and $90 for performances Friday-Sunday.