Lizzie The Musical, the rock opera inspired by Lizzie Borden, will no longer debut off Broadway this summer due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
The show was scheduled to kick-off later this summer at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City on July 19 and run through September 29. No further details about the cancellation were provided, but ticketholders will be refunded at point of purchase.
“We are so disappointed that this production will not happen at this time,” producers Danita Thomas and John E. Thomas in a joint statement. “However, we hold out all hope for a production to come together at a future date.”
Lizzie The Musical first came to fruition at the music theater department at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. After debuting at the Playhouse Square’s 14th Street Theatre in Clevelant, the university’s head of the music theater department and director Victoria Bussert directed the show in Denmark, London, and Chicago. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, investors were eyeing the play at the university for a Broadway opening in spring 2020.
Bussert told the Plain Dealer that she’s “terribly disappointed” and “my heart goes out to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.”
The musical revolves around the real-life story of Borden, who was the main suspect in the axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. While secrets start to swirl around her family, she explodes with rage and “finds herself considering the unthinkable.” Four characters were set to star in the show; Shannon O’Boyle, known for her work in Kinky Boots, was going to lead the cast as the title character, along with Carrie Cimma as Bridget, Ciara Renee as Alice and Eden Espinosa as Emma. The show’s book is by Tim Maner with lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Maner and music by Cheslik and Alan Stevens Hewitt.
Maner, Cheslik-DeMeyer, and Hewitt shared a joint statement on the Lizze Musical’s Facebook page:
“We are heartbroken that the off-Broadway production of LIZZIE this summer will not be happening. We’re still trying to sort out next steps, but we want to say to everyone who was counting on this how sorry we are, not least all the fans of LIZZIE who bought tickets and made plans and wanted this to happen as much as we did. But if the long arc of this show’s life has shown us anything, we know this is not the end of the line for LIZZIE—she will continue to swing her axe around the world! Please stay tuned and in touch. We love you. Rock on!”
At this time, there is no further information regarding a rescheduled run.