2013 Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Lighting Design

Book and lyrics by Julia Jordan
Music and lyrics by Juliana Nash

Directed by Trip Cullman
Choreography by Doug Varone

The Union Square Theater, NYC
Opening Night: May 22, 2013

Originally presented at the MTC Studio at Stage II

Sets by Mark Wendland
Costumes by Jessica Pabst
Sound by Leon Rothenberg

Photos by Joan Marcus

“Murder Ballad,” which opened on Thursday night at Manhattan Theater Club, is a small but savvy musical that panders in style to those of us (not me, of course, and not you) who lap up febrile accounts of fatal attractions. If you find yourself guiltily mesmerized by Lifetime killer-of-the-week movies(or, alternately, by James M. Cain novels), then “Murder Ballad” should be just your ticket….

…The course of love, true or not, runs right through the audience. The designer Mark Wendland has transformed the MTC Studio at Stage II into a seedy Manhattan boîte (luridly lighted by Ben Stanton), with a long bar, tables and chairs, a pool table and a small stage for the (very loud) band. Whether you’re seated at a table or in one of two groups of bleachers, the odds are you’ll have an up-close-and-personal view of the action…”

Ben Brantley, New York Times

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