Murder Ballad centres around Sara (Kerry Ellis), a young New Yorker who is torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her reliable husband. Led by a sexy bartender who serves as the show’s narrator, Murder Ballad documents the details of the torrid affair with vibrant pop-rock tunes. When Sara breaks up with Tom, a gritty bartender, she runs into the arms of Michael, a quiet poetry student at NYU. But after the couple get married and have a daughter, Sara longs for her old, dangerous life and begins secretly seeing Tom at his bar downtown. As Sara’s passionate relationship with Tom intensiﬁes, she begins to miss her old life with her husband and young child—but by then, it may be too late. With a title like Murder Ballad, it’s no surprise that the treacherous love triangle ends in tragedy.
Direct from two smash New York runs at the Union Square Theatre and MTC’s Studio at Stage II, this explosive new rock musical explores the complications of love, compromises we make, and betrayals that can ultimately undo us.
A downtown and Off-Broadway sensation, Murder Ballad was the must-see New York theatre experience of 2013. It is conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize ﬁnalist Julia Jordan, with book and lyrics by Jordan, music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash.