After a smash hit, critically acclaimed, award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, the musical Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story will tour the UK, opening with a two-week London season at Greenwich Theatre from Wednesday 8th – Saturday 18th April.
Thrill Me will then tour to The Lowry Salford, Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May; Old Rep, Birmingham, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 May; Eden Court, Inverness Friday 5 June and Square Chapel Halifax, Saturday 6 June. More dates will be announced soon.
Winner of the first 2014 Broadway Baby “Bobby” award for outstanding productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, Thrill Me, book, music, and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff, is based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the so-called “thrill killers” who murdered a young boy in 1924 in order to commit “the perfect crime.” It is directed by Guy Retallack and produced by Richard Williamson and CliMar Productions in association with Greenwich Theatre.
Told in flashbacks, beginning with a 1958 parole hearing, it examines the relationship between Leopold and Loeb – both wealthy, normal and intelligent Chicago students, about to start training to become lawyers. We are taken on a journey of two young men, one who believed he was above the law – obsessed and fuelled by the philosophy of Nietzsche to the point he believed he was a ‘Superman’ beyond good and evil. The other – a loner – became a willing accomplice, empowering Loeb in his crimes. His reward – Richard’s time, attention and conditional love. Together, they both believed they had perpetrated the perfect crime, or was one more certain than the other?
Thrill Me has been captivating UK audiences since Climar Productions’ 2011 premiere and has a string of awards and nominations to its name including 7 Off West End Awards (Offies).
Cast to be announced.
Creative team: Director Guy Retallack, Musical Director Tom Turner, Designer James Turner, Lighting Designer & Producer Richard Williamson, Producer Climar Productions, Associate Producer Greenwich Theatre, Casting Director Anne Vosser.
Stephen Dolginoff (Book, Music and Lyrics) is an award winning, New York based, writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. Over 100 productions have followed around the world.
Guy Retallack (Director) is Artistic Director of the Bridgehouse Theatre (www.bhtheatre.co.uk) where he directed his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and Macbeth, for which he was nominated by the Offies for Best Director 2014. Guy has directed a wide variety of different productions including The Last Session (Tristan Bates Theatre), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Tristan Bates & Charing Cross Theatres) Other work includes the world premiere of Stephen Brown’s ground-breaking play Future Me (Theatre 503 & ACE tour 2007/09), Liberty (Shakespeare’s Globe & ACE tour 2008), and The Gambler (BBC R3 & R4), both by Glyn Maxwell; Tommy by Pete Townshend which toured the UK for Bill Kenwright (BKL) in 2005, and was nominated for Best Musical by the MEN Awards; The Lifeblood by Glyn Maxwell, nominated for Best Ensemble by the Empty Space Awards 2005 and The Secret Rapture by David Hare at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue (BKL).
Thursday 29th January 2015