Lizzie, the Lizzie Borden Musical, Will Receive Its Chicago Premiere

Chicago News   Lizzie, the Lizzie Borden Musical, Will Receive Its Chicago Premiere
The all-female piece marks Firebrand Theatre's inaugural production.
Liz Chidester
Liz Chidester

Firebrand Theatre, a new musical theatre company dedicated to female representation on and off the stage, will present the Chicago premiere of Lizzie this fall. Performances will run November 11–December 17 at the Den Theatre’s Bookspan Theatre in Wicker Park. Opening night is set for November 14.

READ: What Makes Musical Theatre Feminist?

The rock musical, based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, features music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner, and a book by Maner. The show was first developed in 1990 as a four-song experimental theatre piece. Ten years later, a reading was held at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals; the show has since played around the world.
Leading the Chicago company will be Liz Chidester as Lizzie, with Leah Davis as Bridget, Jacquelyne Jones as Alice, and Camille Robinson as Emma. A series of late-night performances will feature understudies Kyrie Anderson, Becca Brown, Amanda Horvath, and Elle Walker.

Victoria Bussert directs the production, which will feature choreography by Janet Louer and music direction from Julia A. Miller and Andra Veils Simon.

For more information on the show and the Firebrand Theatre season (which also includes 9 to 5), visit

Watch a clip from the 2010 NAMT presentation, featuring Broadway alum Ciara Renée, below.


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