I have a handful of Playbills that I found while cleaning out some storage in my apartment and I’m selling them to make some extra $$ while I’m doing yoga teacher training. They are as follows…
The Cripple of Inishmaan (1x with Daniel Radcliffe!)
Hedwig & the Angry Inch (3x OBRC with Neil Patrick Harris)
Closer (1x from The Lyric Theatre in London)
Chicago (1x Broadway, 2002)
Rent (1x Angel Tour, September 2000 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Rent (1x Broadway, January 2000, 1x November 2004)
Rent (1x Broadway, 4000th performance with sticker!)
Merrily We Roll Along (1x City Center’s Encores – feat. Lin Manuel Miranda!)
American Idiot (2x tour in Boston, January 2012)
Waiting For Godot (1x Broadway feat. Patrick Stewart, November 2013)
Fences (1x Broadway revival feat. Denzel Washington, May 2010)
Murder Ballad (1x off-Broadway, June 2013)
The Pirate Queen (1x Broadway, April 2007)
Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang (1x Broadway, August 2005, 1x April 2005)
Evita (1x Broadway Revival, April 2012)
The Boy From Oz (1x OBC with Hugh Jackman November 2003)
The Crucible (1x 2016 Broadway Revival)
AIDA (1x Broadway 2003)
I’m selling these for $10 each, including shipping. Send me a message if you’re interested!
I saw Murder Ballad on Friday night after hearing numerous positive accounts from friends whose opinions I trust. Also: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Swenson, and Cassie Levy? Yes, please sign me up.
I guess site-specific, make your stage shows are the rage now. I guess everyone has to have some schtick and Murder Ballad capitalized on this by basically creating their own theatre in the round at the Union Square Theatre. Where I was sitting was basically where the stage would’ve been. The show’s action centers around a long bar in the front orchestra and a pool table in the house left section of the orchestra.
The plot, although semi-cliche, is compelling enough to keep you interested for 80 minutes (No intermission! Score!) and despite the upfront admission that the ending is not happy, is pretty happy. I have to admit that after being told by Jones’ character that someone dies, I spent much of the show guessing who it’d be.
The score is great. There is LOTS of belting. It’s a great rock score, with just the right number of ballads to make sure you don’t get a headache from the volume. The lighting and staging is beautiful, and very creative. John Ellison Conlee was out, so Josh Tower covered for him; and he was great.
Jones’ character is mainly the narrator who breaks down the fourth wall from the very first note. I thought she was, of course, fantastic. And like in American Idiot she wears very little clothing the entire time.
The show begins and ends in exactly the same, which is something I always love, because it gives you chills. Murder Ballad is eerier form start to finish, and it’s also quite amazing.
Murder Ballad is paying at the Union Square Theatre through July 21st.