Actors’ Playhouse to open season with new musical, Murder Ballad

Actors’ Playhouse to open season with new musical, Murder Ballad

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s cast of Murder Ballad: Blythe Gruda, Chris Crawford, Mariand Torres and Mark Sanders.

Actors’ Playhouse has announced full casting for the company’s much anticipated 2014-15 Mainstage Season opener Murder Ballad, a new musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash that will play a limited four-week engagement at the Miracle Theatre from Oct. 8 to Nov. 2.

A love triangle gone wrong, Murder Ballad centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. Direct from a sold-out run Off-Broadway, this sexy, explosive rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.

Award-winning director David Arisco has selected four exciting musical theater talents to bring this hot new production to life.

Blythe Gruda returns to Actors’ Playhouse for the first time since appearing in the company’s award-winning productions of Songs for a New

World and Floyd Collins as Murder Ballad’s protagonist Sara. Gruda has had the pleasure of performing on and Off Broadway for many years, regionally and on tour, inshows such as Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Evita, and starred as Mary Magdalene internationally in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Chris Crawford, whose area credits include Assassins (Zoetic Stage) and The Lion in Winter (Palm Beach Dramaworks), will make his Miracle Theatre debut as the bartender Tom.

Mark Sanders, who wowed audiences in Actors’ Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of Next to Normal, plays Sara’s husband, Michael.

Miami native/UM graduate turned New Yorker  Mariand Torres, fresh from her role as the Elphaba standby on the First National Tour of Broadway’s biggest blockbuster Wicked and the Off Broadway productions of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and The People Vs. Mona, will also make her AP debut as the Narrator.

Murder Ballad is an immersive theatrical experience like no other, with preparations currently underway to transform the Actors’ Playhouse Balcony Theatre into a Lower East Side bar where the audience will have the opportunity to be placed up close and personal with the actors.

At the bar, on the tables, or even in the seat right next to you, the cast performs amongst theatergoers in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Preview performances of Murder Ballad will be Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m., and play through Nov. 2. Evening performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.

Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $35. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $45, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $53. The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 o r more through the Group Sales Department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at

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