Caissie Levy, John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Swenson Star in Return of Murder Ballad

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Murder Ballad, the new musical that played an acclaimed, sold-out engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club's The Studio at Stage II, transfers to the Union Square Theatre beginning May 7.

Rebecca Naomi Jones
Rebecca Naomi Jones Photo by Joan Marcus

The nine-week engagement will officially open May 22.

The production features three cast members from the MTC run, John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Will Swenson, who are joined by Caissie Levy. Levy steps into 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 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 original Off-Broadway cast recording of Murder Ballad will be released May 28 on the Yellow Sound label.

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.

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