Cast Announced for World Premiere Emo Rock Musical Love Kills, at NYMF

News   Cast Announced for World Premiere Emo Rock Musical Love Kills, at NYMF
Move over, Bonnie and Clyde. The cast and creative team have been announced for the new emo rock musical, Love Kills, getting its world premiere Sept. 18 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

American Idol finalist Marisa Rhodes and Eli Schneider will make their New York debut in the NYMF production, performing along with veteran actors Deirdre O'Connell and John Hickok.

Love Kills, according to press notes, follows "Charlie Starkweather and Caril Fugate, teenage lovers charged with committing 11 murders in the course of a week. Under pressure to confess by dawn, facts blur and loyalties shift, and the question remains: how far will you go for someone you love?"

Based on the true story that inspired the films "Badlands" and "Natural Born Killers," this world-premiere emo (short for "emotional") rock musical by Obie Award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow (…Children's Scientology Pageant; and Gorilla Man) explores the intersection of love and desire."

Jarrow stated, "Emo music and bands like My Chemical Romance, Sunny Day Real Estate or Dashboard Confessional really capture the angst and raw emotionalism of adolescence. That's why it seemed the perfect choice of musical style to tell this story of young love gone bad. The band is onstage, and the songs are going to be loud — it's going to feel like a rock show come to life."

The term "emo rock," born in the early 1980's, has come to gain wide-spread acceptance in defining an emotionally expressive and aggressive form of guitar-driven alternative punk rock music. Love Kills was originally commissioned and developed by Boston Theatre Works. BTW artistic director Jason Southerland directs the production for NYMF.

Musical arrangements and sound design are by Nathan Leigh, with dramaturgy by Bridget Frey, sets by James Williston, costumes by Sydney Maresca and lighting by Matt Guminski.

Featuring, book, music, and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, Love Kills will run Sept. 18-29 at the 45 Street Theatre (354 W. 45th St.) in Manhattan. Tickets are available by visiting

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