Murder Ballad (musical)

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Murder Ballad
MusicJuliana Nash
LyricsJulia Jordan & Juliana Nash
BookJulia Jordan
PremiereOctober 31, 2012: Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage II
Productions2012/2013 Off-Broadway
2014 Houston
2016 West End

Murder Ballad is a musical with music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, and book and lyrics by Julia Jordan.


Murder Ballad is about a young woman named Sara who dates a wild bartender named Tom but breaks up with him for Michael, a student at NYU with a more sensible life than Tom's dangerous ways. After getting married and raising a child, Sara starts to long for the old life with Tom. She begins secretly seeing Tom, but as her affair gets more passionate with him, Sara longs to go back to the normal life she had with Michael and her daughter.[1]

Musical Numbers[edit]

  • "Murder Ballad" - Narrator, Michael, Sara, Tom
  • "Narrator 1" - Narrator, Sara, Tom
  • "I Love NY" - Sara, Tom
  • "Narrator 2" - Narrator
  • "Little By Little" - Michael, Sara
  • "Troubled Mind / Promises" - Michael, Sara
  • "Narrator 3" - Narrator
  • "Turning Into Beautiful" - Michael, Sara
  • "Crying Scene Theme" - Narrator
  • "I Love NY Reprise 1 / Narrator 4" - Tom, Narrator
  • "Prattle 1 / Narrator 5" - Michael, Sara, Narrator
  • "Coffee's On" - Sara, Narrator
  • "Prattle 2" - Michael, Sara
  • "Narrator 6" - Narrator
  • "Sara" - Tom, Narrator, Sara
  • "Narrator 7" - Narrator
  • "Mouth Tattoo" - Sara, Tom, Narrator
  • "Narrator 8" - Narrator
  • "Sugar Cubes and Rock Salt" - Michael
  • "Prattle 3" - Michael, Sara, Tom
  • "My Name" - Tom, Sara
  • "The Crying Scene" - Narrator
  • "Coffee's On Reprise" - Michael, Sara, Tom
  • "Built for Longing" - Sara, Michael, Tom, Narrator
  • "Answer Me" - Sara, Michael, Tom
  • "You Belong to Me" - Tom, Sara
  • "Narrator 9" - Narrator
  • "Troubled Mind Reprise" - Sara, Michael
  • "I Love NY Reprise 2" - Tom, Narrator
  • "Prattle 4"- Sara, Michael
  • "I'll Be There" - Tom, Narrator
  • "Prattle 5" - Michael, Tom, Sara
  • "Little By Little Reprise" - Michael, Sara
  • "Narrator 10 / You Belong to Me Reprise" - Sara, Narrator, Michael, Tom
  • "Crying Scene Reprise" - Narrator
  • "Narrator 11" - Narrator
  • "Walk Away / Promises Reprise" - Sara, Michael
  • "Clubs and DIamonds / Prattle 6" - Narrator, Sara
  • "Finale" - Narrator, Michael, Sara, Tom


Murder Ballad had its world premiere Off-Broadway, where it was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage II venue. The production opened on 15 November 2012, following previews from 31 October. The cast included John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Swenson and Karen Olivo.[2] Originally scheduled to close on 2 December, the production was extended by two weeks and closed on 16 December 2012.[2] A cast recording was released.[3] The production transferred to the Union Square Theatre on 22 May 2013, following previews from 7 May. It closed on 21 July 2013.[4] Casting remained the same except for the departure of Karen Olivo, who was replaced by Caissie Levy.[4]

The regional premiere took place at TUTS Underground in Houston, Texas in April 2014, with a cast featuring Lauren Molina, Steel Burkhardt, Kristin Warren and Pat McRoberts.[5]

The musical had its UK premiere at the Arts Theatre in the West End, with an opening night on 5 October 2016, following previews from 30 September.[6] The cast featured Kerry Ellis as Sara, Ramin Karimloo as Tom, Norman Bowman as Michael and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as the narrator (who was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical).[7][8] The production received three nominations at the 2017 Awards, with acting nods for both Karimloo and Hamilton-Barritt, and best video design for Laura Perrett. It played a limited run to 3 December 2016.[6]

In 2017 a production of Murder Ballad has been done in Argentina, Featuring Florencia Otero as Sara, German Tripel as Michael, Patricio Arellano as Tom and Sofia Rangone as the Narrator

Characters and Original Casts[edit]

Character Off-Broadway




Houston Regional




Narrator Rebecca Naomi Jones Kristin Warren Victoria Hamilton-Barritt
Sara Karen Olivo Caissie Levy Lauren Molina Kerry Ellis
Tom Will Swenson Steel Burkhardt Ramin Karimloo
Michael John Ellison Conlee Pat McRoberts Norman Bowman


  1. ^ "Murder Ballad Story".
  2. ^ a b c "Off-Broadway's Murder Ballad, With John Ellison Conlee, Karen Olivo, Will Swenson, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Extends | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  3. ^ "Murder Ballad :". Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  4. ^ a b c "Off-Broadway Rock Musical Murder Ballad Closes July 21 | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  5. ^ a b "Lauren Molina and Steel Burkhardt Lead Regional Premiere of Murder Ballad, Beginning April 17 | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  6. ^ a b "Exclusive: Murder Ballad announces extension to December". Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  7. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (2016-10-06). "Murder Ballad review – chamber musical with the force of a film noir". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  8. ^ a b Cox, Gordon (2017-03-06). "'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Sets Nominations Record for U.K. Olivier Awards (Full List)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-03.