10 Reasons Why You Should See Lizzie at TUTS Underground
Lizzie Borden is an American icon, an institution even. In anticipation of TUTS Underground's production of the rock musical Lizzie, Houston audiences can pick up advance copies of Lizzie (Original Studio Cast Recording) now at Theatre Under the Stars' Encore Store. After hearing this dual disc concept album, I simply cannot wait to see Lizzie, and here are 10 reasons you should be excited as well:
10. It's Listener-Friendly
Yes, Lizzie is a hard rocking musical, but its score is hard rock through the lens of musical theater. You have your requisite undulating guitar riffs, distortion and thudding percussion.But every word is sung carefully and thoughtfully. Some have more force than others, but from what I've heard on the cast recording, these women aren't screaming the lyrics. The music alternates between radio-friendly, commercially minded rock anthems to rock ballads. In other words, it's catchy as hell and will leave you humming or singing several of the hooks.
9. Anachronism Is Fun
So electric guitars and rock music didn't exist in 1892, but who cares? Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers made President Andrew Jackson into an Emo Rock God in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, so it's really only fitting that Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt turn Lizzie Borden into a killer rock n' roll queen. Move over Roxie Hart; musical theater has a new and much more interesting murderess to obsess over.
8. Something New
No, this is not the World Premiere of Lizzie, but it's pretty darn close. Lizzie was first presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2010. Then the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington further developed it. The musical was recently presented as a collaboration between PlayhouseSquare and Baldwin-Wallace College. However, the TUTS Underground production is Lizzie's first major production and a regional premiere.
Watch this video to see the sizzle reel from the PlayhouseSquare and Baldwin-Wallace College presentation of Lizzie: