Unlike certain TV documentaries, this one has an expanded cast including Uncle John Morse and Nance O’Neil – real life characters. This “Spindle City.…” musical takes into account the mill workers – something most often ignored in prior plays and T.V. documentaries on the case itself. This is the second musical I’ve heard, the first being “LIzzie Borden the Rock Musical” which has enjoyed a good measure of success.
Uncle John Morse
Judging by this casting call, artistic license once again will run rampant. As with so many TV depictions of the case, there are many fictional characters However, I’m looking forward to the singing and dancing. It is, after all, a musical – – not some 10 part PBS Documentary by Ken Burns or a major theatrical release directed by Martin Scorcese. (sigh)
I’ve been to the Secret Rose Theater in North Hollywood before. Its very small. Can’t imagine the dancing on that small stage but we’ll see. Maybe they go into the audience.
I still maintain that the VERY BEST PLAY on Lizzie Borden is “Lizzie Borden Took An Axe” by Garrett A. Heater, which premiered at the Covey Theate Company in Syracuse, NY, played at BMC Durfee H.S., and continues to be produced in New England. But that was a drama with age appropriate actors.
Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock continues to be the most produced of all Borden-related plays.
I’ll write a review in after seeing Katrina Wood’s production.
Meanwhile, I await Rebecca Pittman’s new book.