Produced in 15 countries and 10 languages from Seoul and Toyko to Madrid and Athens, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story takes the Melbourne stage at Chapel off Chapel from 20 January 2016 as part of the 2016 Midsumma Festival.
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story is an award-winning musical with book, music and lyrics by playwright and composer, Stephen Dolginoff. Based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the so-called ‘thrill killers’ of the early 20th century who committed murder in 1924 in order to commit ‘the perfect crime.’
Told in flashbacks beginning with a 1958 parole hearing, Thrill Me examines the relationship between between Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb – both wealthy, ‘normal’ and intelligent Chicago students, about to commence training to become lawyers.
A journey of two young men, one who believed he was above the law – obsessed and fuelled by the philosophy of Nietzsche to the point he believed he was Superman beyond good and evil. The other – a loner – became a witting accomplice empowering Loeb in his crimes. Together they both believed they had perpetuated the perfect murder. Or was one more certain than the other?
Featuring Melbourne’s Vincent Hooper as Nathan Leopold (Heathers, Rocky Horror Show, Neighbours) and Sydney’s Stephen Madsen as Richard Loeb (Heathers, Rent, ASCAP Bound for Broadway Scholarship), Thrill Me is directed by Terence O’Connell.
“It is definitely not for the squeamish, but there is no production currently running that is more intelligent, atmospheric and haunting as this.” – The Sunday Telegraph
Director: Terence O’Connell Cast: Vincent Hooper, Stephen Madsen Designer: Daniel Harvey Lighting Designer: Jason Boviard Producer: Lisa Minett
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
The Loft – Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Season: 20 – 31 January 2016
Bookings: (03) 8290 7000 or online at: www.chapeloffchapel.com.au
For more information, visit: www.ghostlightproductions.com.au for details.
Image: Vincent Hooper and Stephen Madsen feature in Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story – photo by Chris Parker