Lizzie, The Musical

By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt 

Directed & Choreographed by Ilyse Robbins 

Main Stage Theater 144 

Sep 22 - Nov 5, 2023 

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The subject of centuries-old, sing-song villainy, Lizzie Borden turns searing rock anthem anti-hero and has audiences raging in their seats.

Lizzie was famously acquitted and yet the question lingers… did she do it? Now, as the story is retold by four women defying musical theater stereotypes, fronting a six-piece rock band, and delivering a score that epitomizes riot grrrl power, Lizzie finally gets her say. Nominated for three Drama Desk awards and named best musical eight times over in regional awards around the country and the world, this musical is totally whack (in a good way)!

"Presented with wall-rattling glee…deliciously watchable!"The New York Times

Take a pure American gothic tale that grabbed the headlines in a small New England town in 1892 and quickly went on to become a cause celebre across the nation. Set it to a volcanic, quasi-operatic punk rock beat that captures the sense of female rage, retribution and betrayal, and feels custom-made for the current climate. And then just let it roar.” - Chicago Sun Times

Content Warning: This production uses strobe lighting effects, haze and contains adult themes, recommended for teens and adults. For more information, please see the Digital Program.


About The Director

Ilyse Robbins is an award-winning Director and Choreographer whose recent projects include Assassins (Lyric Stage), Tell Me on a Sunday and Cabaret (Peterborough Players); Beehive and Little Women (GBSC); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Front Porch, Nora @ CST, GBSC: Elliot Norton Award-Outstanding Musical Production). Ilyse directed/choreographed All is Calm at GBSC (Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Musical Production). Her original choreography for the World Premiere of Swan Lake in Blue: A Jazz Ballet at GBSC won the Elliot Norton Award-Outstanding Choreography and she directed the award-winning Move on the Cha-Chas at United Solo Festival NYC. Ilyse is a teacher, coach, and writer. She holds a BS in Communication/Theater from Northwestern, theater certification from BADA and an Ed.M. from Harvard. Upcoming projects: Rocky Horror (Central Square), Mr. Popper’s Penguins (WFT). Ilyse is a proud Member of SDC. 

Of Interest


Lizzie Borden…Sophia Muharram

Emma Borden…Liza Giangrande

Bridget Sullivan / Maggie…Nora Sullivan

Alice Russell…Temma Beaudreau

u/s Emma Borden / Bridget Sullivan / Maggie…Stephanie Barney

u/s Lizzie Borden / Alice Russell…Eleni Kontzamanys



Producer: Brian Boruta

Director & Choreographer: Ilyse Robbins

Assistant Director: Hannah Shihdanian

Music Director: Lianne Bunting

Orchestrator: Alan Stevens Hewitt

Stage Manager: Shauwna Dias Grillo*

Assistant Stage Manager: Colleen Tenney

Lighting Designer: SeifAllah Salotto-Cristobal

Sound Designer: James Cannon

Audio Op: Sarah Hobbs-Butler

Scenic Designer: Erik Diaz

Scenic Design Assistant: Grace Cutler

Costume Designer: Bethany Mullins

Wardrobe Supervisor: Tree Brock

Technical Director: Andrew Chandler

Scenic Charge: Page Evett

Intimacy Director: Kayleigh Kane 

Properties and Set Dressing Designer: Sarajane Mullins

EDI Consultant: Kira Troilo

Health & Safety Officer: Cathie Regan

Playbill Designer: Sarah Shiner