Monthly Archives: November 2015

Homicide for the holidays? Luna Stage serves up killer new musical

The phrase “holiday entertainment” usually conjures up thoughts of singing elves or dancing Rockettes.

Tell that to West Orange’s Luna Stage, which instead has on its docket an intimate, psychological musical about two murderers. “Thrill Me: The Leopold Loeb Story” is based on the same real-life story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope” and the Sandra Bullock thriller “Murder by Numbers.” Unlike most holiday shows, this one definitely does not end with a warm-and-fuzzy volley of Christmas carols.

“We didn’t have an original holiday piece this year,” says Cheryl Katz, artistic director at Luna Stage. “So I wanted to give our audience something different, something outside of the realm of what we normally produce.”

“I would say it’s ‘alternative programming,'” adds the show’s creator, Stephen Dolginoff, laughing.

First staged off-Broadway in 2005, “Thrill Me” is a two-person musical about the purported “crime of the century” in 1924, in

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