Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Additional Music by Tim Maner
Additional Lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt Based on an original concept by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner
Orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon
November 11 – December 17, 2017
at The Den Theatre
(1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL)
The production team for LIZZIE includes: Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Charlotte M. Yetman (costume design), Maya Michele Fein (lighting design), Victoria Deiorio (sound design), and Danielle Stack (production manager).
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“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one.” So goes the nursery rhyme describing the crime of the century that took the nation by storm when Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an axe in 1892. Or did she? LIZZIE is a musical that reimagines that bloody legend with four women fronting a female rock band. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score with rage, sex, betrayal and bloody murder.
The cast of Firebrand Theatre’s Chicago premiere of LIZZIE (top, l to r) Leah Davis as Bridget, Liz Chidester as Lizzie, Camille Robinson as Emma and Jacquelyne Jones as Alice with the understudy cast (bottom, l to r) Tatiana Bustamante as Bridget, Kyrie Anderson as Lizzie, Dakota Hughes as Emma and Paige Daigle as Alice.
“When I heard about Firebrand, I was immediately attracted to the idea of women supporting women’s voices in the world of Chicago theatre. I am so honored to be a part of their first production, and could not be more excited to work with this fantastic group of strong, beautiful women!”
“We ladies got a lot to say and a lot of different ways of saying it. It’s high time we stop apologizing for that and live in all our glory.”
“I’m peeing my pants level excited about getting to work with Firebrand Theatre! This company is so very important and needed in our community and I’m beyond honored to get to work with these powerhouse women. To be able to collaborate with such talented and intelligent women on a truly incredible show like Lizzie feels like someone handed me a winning lottery ticket. I can’t wait to tell this story!”
“When you think ‘feminist theatre in Chicago,’ you automatically think Firebrand, despite the fact that it’s a newer company, it has already had such an impact on this community. I feel so privileged to now be able to combine feminism and theatre, two things that are so near and dear to my heart and I can think of no better place to do so than with Firebrand, and with LIZZIE. Four Powerful women belting on stage has always turned out to be a helluva thing!”
Lizzie Understudy Cast
“I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to work with a company that not only “talks the talk”, but “walks the walk”. Time and again I see Firebrand promoting inclusion, women, and being one in a world where that is not so prominent. To top off working with Firebrand – I get to work with crazy talented women AND within the genre of horror!! It’s truly a dream come true.”
Dakota is excited to be joining the Lizzie team in Firebrand’s debut show! Dakota is a Los Angeles native where she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, studying theatre. She is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Chicago credits include: Thrones! The Parody Musical (Apollo Theatre), American Idiot (The Hypocrites), [title of show] (Open Door Repertory Company), Suspiria (staged reading) (The Neo-Futurists), and will be performing with Emerald City Theatre in their upcoming production of Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare.
Paige Daigle is so delighted to be making her Firebrand debut. In Chicago, Paige was last seen in the folk musical My Name Is Annie King (Rosalie). Colorado theatrical credits include Boulder Dinner Theatre’s Addams Family (ensemble, u/s Wednesday), Rocky Mountain Repertory’s Mamma Mia (Sophie), Almost Heaven, West Side Story (Graziella), Rock of Ages (Constance, u/s Sherrie), and Titanic (Kate Mullins). Paige obtained her BFA in Musical Theatre at Columbia College Chicago and some of her CCC credits include Oklahoma! (Laurey Williams), Violet (Young Violet), Arcadia (Thomasina), and Language of Angels (Allison). Honored to be working with such talented creative people.Thanks/Love to her family and friends for your constant love and support!