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
*By popular demand, an additional performance has been added on Sunday, November 5 at 6:30pm! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the post-show talkback with Cara Robertson on Friday has been cancelled.*
Click below to watch the official Lizzie trailer!
One of 15 Theater Productions to See This Fall – Terry Byrne, WBUR Fall Theater Guide
"Excellent performances...hair-raising vocals, accompanied by truly beautiful choreography, left my heart soaring." - Sasha Patkin, New Haven Independent Review
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.
Photo by Jim Sabitus
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. www.ilyserobbins.com
- "Take 5" with Director and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins
What to love about the music, what you might not expect, and...do ghosts exist?
- Media Release: The Umbrella Opens Its Season with a Volcanic Grrrl-Powered Rock Musical
- WBUR Fall 2023 Theater Guide: 15 theater productions to see this fall
- Lizzie: Enhanced Digital Program
LIZZIE Halloween Week Special!
- For our Thursday Oct. 26, Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29 perfromances ONLY, audiences have an option to add-on a 15 minute, pre-show axe-throwing session with tutorial provided by Revolution Axe! PLUS, come into The Umbrella to be entered into our Halloween Week special drawings in partnership with the Official Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, MA! You can win tickets for 2 for a free guided tour after each performance, or our Grand Prize -- an Overnight Stay for 2 in the authentic Borden home!
NEW! #DinnerAndAShow Thursday Night Out Packages!
Thursdays in Concord are now a fun and easy entertainment Date Night thanks to optional pre-show dinners here at The Umbrella provided by Nosh restaurant and the Concord Market! Coming straight from work? Park free at The Umbrella, then take a load off and enjoy a delicious catered dinner, pick up beverage at concessions, and explore our free art galleries at your ease until it’s time for curtain!
Our Chef-Planned Themed Menus for Lizzie
Cottage Pie (Beef, Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Onions)
Vegetarian Option: Cottage Pie with Beyond Meat Beyond Beef crumbles
Balsamic and Greens Salad
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie
Dinners must be ordered online by NOON on Wednesday before the performance. NOTE: Meals cost $21 and do NOT include beverages or show tickets, which must be purchased separately. After selecting your seats, click on Lizzie ticketing options and select the meal(s) you wish to add to your cart before checking out.
Spotlight on Lizzie
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Lizzie Borden
- Explore nine fascinating facts about Lizzie Borden, who may or may not have taken an ax and given her parents lethal whacks in August 1892.
- The enduring fascination with accused ax murderer Lizzie Borden
The case of Lizzie Borden, accused of brutally murdering her father and step-mother with an ax, has remained a source of fascination for more than 125 years. A new book examines the trial of Lizzie Borden, the historical context of this brutal crime, and how it continues to be reimagined. Megan Thompson recently spoke with Cara Robertson, the author of "The Trial of Lizzie Borden."
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