Conceived by and with
Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan
Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash
Directed and Choreographed by James Beaudry
Music Direction by Nicholas Davio
April 2 – May 9, 2015
Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
“If you want to see Murder Ballad at any point in your life time this is the production to see. Bailiwick Chicago has once again fulfilled their unintentional niche of taking flawed material from New York, rediscovering the truth inside and surpassing the show’s predecessors in another superior Chicago hit.”
– Drew Shanahan, Rock Chicago Magazine
“Highly Recommended…Told through a string of energetic rock songs performed in small, immersive space, this show is not to be missed…I know I will be going back for what proved to be an exhilarating night of musical theatre.”
– Allison Taylor, Splash Magazine
“Highly Recommended…Told with clarity and staged with brisk sensuality and simplicity, Bailiwick offers a feisty, fiercely beautiful production that kills softly with its songs.”
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review
“3.5 out of 4 stars…From director to actors, musicians to designers and everyone in between, the spectacular work done in this production makes Murder Ballad a must see in Chicago.”
– Jerald Raymond Pierce, Chicago Stage Standard
A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Following a sold out, Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of this critically acclaimed new work.
“Murder Ballad will be a thrilling, fun, immersive environmental production,” comments Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown. “You’ll go to a divey bar, have a couple drinks, there’s a rock band playing, and this story happens around you. It’s sexy and intimate; you’ll feel a little voyeuristic. You’ll get so wrapped up in the love triangle drama, you almost forget: someone’s a killer. Someone’s gonna die.”
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST
Matt W. Miles
AMANDA HORVATH (Sara) is psyched to be making her Bailiwick Chicago debut! She last understudied The Wild Party. Chicago credits include A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre); Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, The Merry Widow (Light Opera Works); Mother in Ragtime (Big Noise Theatre) for which she won a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actress. Amanda received her BM from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. “Limitless love to my family for their strength, support, and belief in me every single day.” amanda-horvath.com
CHRIS LOGAN (Tom) is grateful to be making his Bailiwick Chicago debut. Chicago credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Paramount Aurora); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Marriott Lincolnshire); The Pajama Game (The Music Theatre Company); Passion (2014 Non-Equity Jeff Award, Best Musical), A Kurt Weill Cabaret, A Cole Porter Songbook, Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre). Chris was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s “Hot New Faces in Chicago Theatre”, Chris Jones, 2012. christopher-logan.com
MATT W. MILES (Michael) is immensely proud & humbled to be returning to Bailiwick Chicago amongst the talented artists of Murder Ballad. Chicago audiences rejoice – another thrilling Premiere! Matt has garnered credits in theatre at Porchlight Music Theatre, Circle Theatre, Light Opera Oklahoma, Busch Gardens (Williamsburg); Film/TV in The Onion, Graffito, Sirens, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD; Radio on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse. “Unconditional thanks go to mentor Tony, Matt Ellenwood’s vocal coaching, CK Lynch, Karl and the life support of Aggie. This performance is dedicated to Donal Wilson – ‘No one gets forever – just days’. Support Artists & Support Local.” Freshroastedfilms.com
CAMILLE ROBINSON (Narrator) is ecstatic to be making her Bailiwick Chicago debut in this wonderful story of love and mystery. Recent Chicago theater credits include More than a Miracle: A Nativity Story (Congo Square Theatre); Hair (American Theater Company); Once Upon a People (Black Ensemble Theater). “The biggest hugs and kisses go out to my beautiful family for their unconditional love and support.”
JAMES BEAUDRY (Director/Choreographer) is the Artistic Director of Timber Lake Playhouse. In addition to staging over 50 productions for Timber Lake, his credits include the world premieres of Mark Twain’s Blues (Off-Broadway) and Jason & Ben (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Chicago credits include Meet John Doe, Miracle on 34th Street and Best Musical! (Porchlight Music Theatre), Aspects of Love and Pump Boys & Dinettes (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), Concert stagings of Lucky Stiff and Triumph of Love (The Music Theatre Company), The Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre). Additional directing and choreography credits include West Side Story (CUNY 50th Anniversary Production), Cosi (The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute), Sunset Boulevard, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Pippin and The Secret Garden. Concert dance: Eleanor Rigby Died in a Church (Renaissant arts NYC), Rite of Spring/Left of Center and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Xenophobia! (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco). Peer reviewer: Oxford University Press, Music and Dance Division. MFA, Mills College. BA, The College of Wooster. “Thanks to Lili-Anne Brown, Brenda Didier, Nicholas Davio, Jon Martinez and Quinn—for the special appearance.”
NICHOLAS DAVIO (Music Director) is a Chicago based music director, multi-instrumentalist, and teaching artist who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University. (vocal performance emphasis). Notable theater credits as music director include The David Bowie Variety Hour (MCA Chicago); Frederick and A Year with Frog and Toad (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Alien Queen (Scooty and JoJo); Rent (Columbia College Chicago); Big River (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble – Jeff Award Nomination for musical direction); The Spitfire Grill and The Robber Bridegroom (Chicago Academy for the Arts). Current teaching artist positions are held at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Nicholas is also the rehearsal guitarist at Million Dollar Quartet.
MEGAN TRUSCOTT* (Scenic Designer)
RAQUEL ADORNO (Costume Designer) is a designer and stylist based in Chicago. Recent credits include Desperate Dolls (Strawdog Theatre), Cryptogram, Reasons to be Happy, Annapurna, Cock, Gidion’s Knot, Hellcab, Wrecks, In God’s Hat, In the Company of Men, and The Dream of the Burning Boy (Profiles Theatre); Dead Accounts, Darlin’ (World Premiere), HoliDAZE, and The BenchMark (Step Up Productions); The Submission, Some Men, Songs from an Unmade Bed, and The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (Pride Films and Plays); RAW (Deluge Theatre Collective), Trafford Tanzi and Patria Libre (Prologue Theatre Company); Gambit (Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre).
CHARLES COOPER* (Lighting Designer) returns to Bailiwick Chicago as resident lighting designer. Recent work includes To Master The Art (Chicago Commercial Collective / TimeLine Theatre /Broadway in Chicago); Woody Sez and Gutenberg! The Musical (Milwaukee Rep); The Chicago company of Old Jews Telling Jokes (Royal George); Hairspray and Curtains (Drury Lane Oakbrook); The Clean House and Creditors (Remy Bumppo); The Rose Tattoo, Mill Fire (Jeff Award Nomination) and Orpheus Descending. A Wrinkle In Time (First Stage Children’s Theatre); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Asolo rep, Philadelphia Theatre Co, San Jose Rep, Broadway in Chicago,1st National Tour); Do the Hustle, and Old Glory (Writers’ Theatre); Of Mice and Men and First Look Repertory of New Work (Steppenwolf Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Tree, Blue Door, (Victory Gardens); ECLIPSED and She Stoops to Conquer (Northlight Theatre); The Mystery of Irma Vep, Sunday in the Park with George, Chicago, A Few Good Men and Around the World in 80 Days (Peninsula Players Theatre); Pitmen Painters, To Master the Art (TimeLine Theatre; Associate Artist); Pajama Game, Pippin and Fugitive Songs (The Music Theatre Company); Mahal (Bailiwick Chicago), Creditors (Remy Bumppo). Current and Upcoming work includes Another Kind of Love (Infusion Theatre); Ianana (TimeLine Theatre Co.); Bye, Bye Birdie for Drury Lane, and Slowgirl (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre). Charles has received six Jeff Award Nominations and two After Dark Awards. He Lives in Oak Park with his wife Angela, Children Ethan and Gavin and Golden Retriever Shelby. Member: United Scenic Artists. cooperportfolio.com
JON MARTINEZ* (Assistant Director/Dramaturg) is beyond excited to be working on his fifth Bailiwick Chicago production! He works regularly as a choreographer, performer and teacher. Hailing from Chicago, IL, he graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. Choreography credits include the midwest premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s 13: The Musical, Cats (Gallery 37); Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!, Pr0ne: A Casting Couch Musical Comedy (Underscore Theatre); The Fantasticks (Columbia College Chicago). Performance credits include Floyd Collins, Victor/Victoria (Columbia College Chicago); Hey Dancin! Hey Musical! (Factory Theatre); Carrie: The Musical, Princess Mary Demands Your Attention (Bailiwick Chicago) and The Paris Opera Ballet’s BOLERO (U.S. National Tour). Jon also teaches tap and jazz around the city.
KATE BLACK (Stage Manager) is excited to work with Bailiwick Chicago again. Her Chicago credits include Princess Mary Demands Your Attention (Bailiwick Chicago); Immerse Yourself (Albany Park Theater Project). Her selected New York credits include Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects); Sleep No More (Punchdrunk); Neil Gaiman: Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Foster Entertainment); Organic Shrapnel (Studio 54); and Blood Potato (Apothecary Theatre Co.) She received her BFA in Theatre: Production/Stage Management at Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts.
LAURA SWIERZBIN (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to make her Bailiwick Chicago debut. Her Chicago credits include Edgar & Annabel (The Poor Theatre). Her music directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Ann Arbor Civic Theatre); Yeomen of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance (University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society). With Vocal Performance and Chemical Engineering degrees from the University of Michigan, Laura is thrilled to be pursuing her passion for music and theater in Chicago!