It’s a love triangle gone wrong as the show centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider, who has it all and can’t stay away from her downtown past. The basis for Murder Ballad, deemed a sexy, rock musical, is how love’s complications, the compromises we make and its betrayals that can ultimately undo us.
The show, featuring a quartet of actors including Steel Burkhardt, Patrick McRoberts, Lauren Molina and Kristin Warren, makes its national regional premiere at Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall on April 17-27 in Houston. Murder Ballad is fresh off its New York run.
TUTS Underground is taking the theatre experience one step further with this musical. In keeping with the bar-theme of the show, the theatre will transform Zilkha Hall into a part of the set. The 500-seat room will play host to a fully operational bar on stage that will serve drinks starting one hour before the show up until the show starts. VIP “Bar Fly” packages with onstage bar-side tables will be available for purchase at www.TUTS.com/Events or by calling the box office at 713-558-8887.
Heading the show as the leading ladies are Lauren Molina, who plays Sara, and Kristin Warren, who plays the narrator. Molina’s stage credits are comprised of Broadway’s Rock of Ages and Sweeney Todd as well as the first national tour of Sweeney Todd. Warren is a native Houstonian who has appeared many times at TUTS. Her most recent appearances include Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and Man of La Mancha. She won an award as the Best Actress in a Musical from BroadwayWorld.com voters in 2013 for her performance in Sweeney Todd.
Murder Ballad was conceived by Julia Jordan with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Jordan is a Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist. A rarity in musical theatre, Murder Ballad represents the first time in TUTS and TUTS Underground history that the company will present a show conceived and created by an all-female team.
After the show, guests are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors in The Garden – a portion of Zilkha Hall’s patio that is transformed into an outdoor bar, complete with IKEA’s stylish lounge furniture and special lighting. Patrons can mix and mingle in The Garden with fellow theatre fans and company members from Murder Ballad.
Tickets, starting at $24, are available on-line at TUTSUnderground.com, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special offers are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.