Enjoyed seeing “Murder Ballad” this evening at the Union Square Theatre. The production is more environmental than immersive as the main area of the stage is set up as a bar and there’s a section of the audience sitting at tables watching the action. The remainder of the audience surrounds the stage on three sides. Except for some props preset at the tables, the audience doesn’t really “get involved” and except for a couple of times the performers don’t meet the audience’s gaze. The cast (the video is the MTC production which is missing Caissie Levy as Sara) is terrific especially Rebecca Naomi Jones (who I LOVED in “American Idiot”). While the plot may start out in a fairly typical way, it develops a great edge by the end and has some surprises that I will not spoil. It’s been awhile since I’ve liked a musical enough to buy the CD but there is some terrific music and I look forward to purchasing it when it’s released on May 28th.
The show has been extended through September 29th. Check it out! It’s a fast-paced sexy, smart, and sung-thru 80-minute show (no intermission).