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Lizzie (fka Lizzie Borden)

2010 Festival

Victoria Bussert

Music Director
Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Matt Hinkley

Marie-France Arcilla, Carrie Cimma, Jenny Fellner and Beth Malone

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Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Female): 4
Total Cast Size: 4
Orchestra Breakdown:

Four Musicians: 1 Percussionist; 1 Cello & Violin; Back-up Guitar; 1 Bass Guitar; Piano; and 1 Guitar

Genre & Style:

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A rock show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s first and favorite axe-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl, Lizzie Borden. Featuring four fierce rocker girls and a live band, this driving musical reveals why Lizzie took up that axe and how she became an American folk hero.

Development History

An early version of Lizzie was seen at the Ohio Theatre, produced by Tiny Mythic Theatre Company, followed by a full production at HERE. In 2006, with the encouragement and support of producers Hillary Richard and Peter McCabe, the piece was re-visited, workshopped and expanded into a full-length two-act musical, which premiered at the Living Theatre in 2009. This production was named in The Advocate’s Top Ten of 2009 and was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards.

Festival Successes

Full production at Playhouse Square/Baldwin Wallace University (OH) in 2012 and TUTS Underground (TX) in 2013. Developmental production in 2012 and reading in 2011 at Village Theatre (WA). Concert production at Ars Nova in 2012. Studio concept album released in 2013. Production at Portland Center Stage in 2014. Production at Fredericia Theatre in Denmark and Danish cast recording, 2014. Licensed by authors with planned productions across the country. Production in San Francisco in 2015 and Los Angeles in 2016, and full production at 11th Hour Theatre (PA) and UK production in 2017; studio cast album released.