Update: Found this blog re Lizzie as a lesbian – a recurring theory thus far based on no solid fact. However, more interesting to me was the comment from “Liz G” associated with this rock musical. Here we get a little peek into the script. Alice Russell and Lizzie. Hmmm. Click HERE.
There’s been books and tons of articles and websites and blogs. There’s been an opera, a ballet, one act and two act and three act plays. There’s been documentaries and t.v. movies and mini Youtube movies and annual re-enactments. And now – at last! A rock musical on Lizzie Borden!
Jenny Fellner, above, plays Lizzie Borden
(photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
This production offers up a new and different genre from what we’ve been used to: A rock roadshow retelling the tale of America’s inscrutable sweetheart, “LIZZIE BORDEN”, by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner which will be performed September 10 through October 17, 2009 at The Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St., New York City. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased HERE.
I note that one of the cast members, Carrie Cimma, who plays Bridget Sullivan, previously performed in “Sweeney Todd” – a bit of sweet symmetry doncha think?
In 2007, Peter asked Hillary what she wanted for her birthday. Without doubt, he was hoping it would be inexpensive and located at a neighborhood shop. He was wrong on both counts. Having seen an earlier one-act version of LIZZIE BORDEN, and having been since haunted by its beautiful music, Hillary said that she wanted the rights to produce LIZZIE BORDEN. Together they formed Took An Axe Productions LLC. Took An Axe has been developing and workshopping the piece ever since. Along the way, we have had the privilege of working with supremely talented composers, writers, directors, musicians, actors, designers, engineers, and casting directors. It has been a truly collaborative process that has gotten us to where we are today.”
This sounds like a very creative collaboration: Alan Stevens Hewitt (musical direction, orchestrations), Caleb Levengood (set), Bobby Frederick Tilley II (lighting), and Jason Boyd (sound).
If I were in NYC, I would definitely go see this!