Four women front a six-piece rock band and tell the story of Lizzie Borden — America’s most famous axe murderer — as an epic rock concept album come to life on stage.
In 1892 on a sweltering August day in a small New England town, a well-to-do elderly man and his second wife were brutally murdered with an axe in broad daylight. Lizzie Borden, their youngest daughter, was the primary suspect. She was arrested and tried, but, with no witnesses to the hideous crime, she was acquitted. The murders remain unsolved to this day.
Though the actual history of Lizzie Borden has provided us with inspiration and raw material, her legend, which comes down to us as a jump rope rhyme, is the imaginative core of LIZZIE:
“Lizzie Borden took an axe, Gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done, Gave her father forty-one”
History tells us Lizzie Borden was innocent, but the legend leaves no doubt about her guilt.
“Lush tunes which retch sex, rage, dyke heat, misanthropy, and incest … Surreal glee and gallows humor … Finally, a rock musical you’d wanna mosh to.”
— The Village Voice
“A gothic rock ritual with a ‘riotgirl’ attitude … an eerie hybrid of rock club and a turn-of-the-century New England parlor.”
“Presented with wall-rattling glee…deliciously watchable”
— The New York Times
“4 stars—A fetching, brawny rock musical”
— Time Out NY
“We came for splattered red, for madness and mayhem, and Lizzie Borden more than delivers”
— Show Business Weekly
“Kicking off TUTS Underground’s inaugural season, the Houston premiere of LIZZIE, a musical about the axe wielding double-murderess Lizzie Borden, proves to be the perfect opener for a season of bold theatre.”
— Broadway World/Houston
“LIZZIE made Top Ten lists for 2012/2013 in each city we played”
— Issaquah Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Broadway World/Houston, HoustonPress
“Four Amazing Female Vocalists + Rollicking (yet tuneful) Epic Rock Score + Intelligent (and sometimes tongue in cheek) Lyrics = PURE AWESOMENESS!”
— David Clarke, Houston Press, Top Ten Theater-Related Recordings of 2013
★★★★★ Vejle Amts Folkeblad
★★★★★ Fredericia Avisen