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Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard
presentsLizzie: The Musical

October 20 – November 4, 2017

“A gothic rock ritual with a ‘riotgirl’ attitude… an eerie hybrid of rock club and a turn-of-the-century New England parlor…. Deliciously watchable” ~ The New York Times

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Stodard
nicole@thinkingcaptheatre.com /(813) 220-1546
Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

October 10, 2017
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL: On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in Fall River Massachusetts, a prominent business man and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter, Lizzie Borden, was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an integral part of American criminal mythology.  Lizzie: The Musical – the vibrant, rollicking, rock musical telling of this legendary crime will open Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard’s 2017-2018 season on October 20th.  The production will run through November 4th.

Lizzie: The Musical started out as a four-song theater/rock concert piece written by Tim Maner with songs by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, and later expanded into a full musical with more music and orchestrations by newly added collaborator Alan Stevens Hewitt.   It sprang from Maner and Cheslik-DeMeyer’s love of musicals, Americana, women-rockers, and late 80s queer politics.

Although the show’s music is primarily raucous, rock, and of the ‘Riot Girl’ genre, the play also offers a sensitive look at what could drive someone to (allegedly) commit such a heinous crime (Borden was acquitted of the murders after an all-male jury deliberated for just ninety minutes). It allows audiences to relate to the Borden sisters – Lizzie and Emma –  in a way they might not have considered before. This emotional connection wouldn’t be possible without the four incredible performers that make up the cast – Ann Marie Olson as Lizzie Borden, Sabrina Gore as Emma Borden, Leah Sessa as Alice Russell, and Hanna Richter as Bridget Sullivan.

Lizzie:  The Musical will be directed by Thinking Cap’s Nicole Stodard; the production’s musical direction is by Patrick Watkins.

Tickets for Lizzie are $40 ($20 for students with ID) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 954-610-7263 or on line at www.thinkingcaptheatre.com .

The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts is located at 1501 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.  There is free street parking surrounding the building and a metered municipal lot just south of The Vanguard on Andrews Ave.

For more information about Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard visit www.thinkingcaptheatre.com.  or contact Nicole Stodard at nicole@thinkingcaptheatre.com / 954-610-7263 or Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /  561-445-9244.

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Lizzie: The Musical
October 20 –  November 5
Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Tickets:  $40
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
Friday, October 20 – 8 pm
Saturday, October 21 – 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, October 22 – 5 pm
Friday, October 27 – 8 pm
Saturday, October 28 – 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, October 29 – 5 pm
Tuesday, October 31 – 8 pm (Costume encouraged!)
Wednesday, November 1 – 8 pm
Friday, November 3 – 8 pm
Saturday, November 4 – 8 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
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