Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

by  Stephen Dolginoff

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  2m

"There is no production currently running in the capital that is more intelligent, atmospheric and haunting than this." - Sunday Telegraph
"Thrill Me is thrilling indeed." - Evening Standard
"Sharp and witty, full of strong songs and clever twists." - Whatsonstage.com

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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

by  Stephen Dolginoff

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two 19-year-olds who murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago in 1924, Thrill Me focuses less on the murder itself than on the relationship between Leopold and Loeb. More than 30 years on, the older Nathan speaks at a parole board hearing, recalling the crime and the dynamics of his friendship with Richard, defined largely by their shared intelligence, their passion for Nietzschean philosophy, and their desire for the ultimate thrill. With simple staging requirements, Stephen Dolginoff's tense, two-character musical drama explores the unusual love story behind the “crime of the century".

Learn more about the show by listening to our interview with author Stephen Dolginoff.

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Accolades

  • Nominee! Best Off-West End production, WhatsOnStage Awards, 2012

Reviews

"There is no production currently running in the capital that is more intelligent, atmospheric and haunting than this." - Sunday Telegraph

"Thrill Me is thrilling indeed." - Evening Standard

"Sharp and witty, full of strong songs and clever twists." - Whatsonstage.com
"Breathtaking. Brazenly Satisfying." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    Various simple settings or blackbox

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

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Roadster
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Superior
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Life Plus 99 Years/Finale
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Casting

2m
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Full Package

Piano score and vocal book on hire

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Authors

Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff is an award-winning, New York based writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for his musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY. Over 100 productions in ...

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Thrill Me premiered in New York City in 2003 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival; an Off-Broadway production opened in 2005 at the York Theatre.  The London Premiere was in 2011 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, and later moved to the Charing Cross Theatre.

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