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MURDER BALLAD World Premiere Cast Recording to be Released May 28

Yellow Sound Label Announces

MURDER BALLAD

World Premiere Cast Recording To Be Released Tuesday, May 28

Rehearsals Begin Today For Acclaimed New Musical’s
Transfer to Union Square Theatre

With

JOHN ELLISON CONLEE, REBECCA NAOMI JONES,
CAISSIE LEVY, WILL SWENSON

Conceived by & with Book and Lyrics by JULIA JORDAN

Music and Lyrics by JULIANA NASH

Directed by TRIP CULLMAN

Yellow Sound Label’s world premiere recording of MURDER BALLAD, the critically acclaimed new musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, directed by Trip Cullman, will be released on Tuesday, May 28. The album, Produced by Michael Croiter, will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere music is sold. For additional information and to pre-order the world premiere cast recording, visit: www.yellowsoundlabel.com

In addition, rehearsals begin today for MURDER BALLAD’s transfer to the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street) featuring John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy, and Will Swenson.

Performances of MURDER BALLAD will resume at the Union Square Theatre on Tuesday, May 7 with a press opening set for Wednesday, May 22. Tickets for MURDER BALLAD are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com or calling 800-982-2787.

MURDER BALLAD has received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway musical, and five Lucille Lortel nominations, including Best Musical.

MURDER BALLAD is conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Julia Jordan with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman (Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not; Adam Bock’s A Small Fire) directs.

A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive new musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.

The creative team for MURDER BALLAD includes: Mark Wendland (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Leon Rothenberg (sound design), Doug Varone (choreography), and Justin Levine (music director, vocal arranger and orchestrator).

MURDER BALLAD is produced at the Union Square Theatre by Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Inc.; Niclas Nagler; Richard Frankel; Tom Viertel; Steven Baruch; Marc Routh; Simone Genatt Haft Susanne Adamski; and Scott M. Delman.

When it opened November 2012 as the inaugural production of MTC’s The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center – Stage II (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Producer), critics cheered the sexy new musical. Here’s a sampling of what critics said about MURDER BALLAD:

“PLENTY OF SENSUAL HEAT. This steamy show is a love triangle with a razor’s edges. The show features taut, tart, and pungent lyrics by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and inventive direction by Trip Cullman. There’s plenty of sensual heat generated by the cast in this savvy new musical.”

- Ben Brantley, The New York Times CRITIC’S PICK

“MURDER BALLAD ROCKS! This is a vibrant new rock musical with a juicy and entertaining story. Trip Cullman’s visceral, in-your-face production has lots of energy.”

- Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News

“ENERGIZED, DIRTY FUN. Grab a beer, get a table and make like you’re at a rock concert – because you sorta are.”

- David Cote, Time Out New York

“A HOT NIGHT OF THEATRE! With an energy that is electric, this show is going to get young people to the theater in reams. Murder Ballad is a Broadway fan’s wet dream.”

- Suzy Evans, Backstage Magazine

“FASCINATING. The performers belt out Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s songs with electrifying power. Trip Cullman’s staging has an undeniable intensity and Doug Varone’s dances possess a sinuousness that is concurrently sensual and sad. Murder Ballad has an intoxicating downtown-style environment from scenic designer Mark Wendland, and is lit to perfection by Ben Stanton.”

- Andy Propst, Theatermania

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets to MURDER BALLAD are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, April 29, the Union Square Theatre Box Office (100 East 17th Street) will sell tickets to MURDER BALLAD. Tickets are $80.00 for performances Monday-Thursday and $90.00 for performances Friday-Sunday. Rush policies for MURDER BALLAD will be announced shortly.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

·       TUESDAY, MAY 7 – SUNDAY, MAY 12: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 5 PM and 9 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.

·       MONDAY, MAY 13 – SUNDAY, MAY 26: Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 5 PM and 9 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.

·       STARTING MONDAY, MAY 27: Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 5 PM and 9 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.

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