“Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical” makes its world premiere this October and November in the NoHo arts district of Los Angeles.
The musical’s creator is Katrina Wood, who produces along with Barney D Neeley (“Farm Boy,” “Cratchit”).
“Spindle City” stars Emily Bridges as Lizzie Borden, the Massachusetts woman infamous for the 1892 trial in which she was accused of ax-murdering her father and stepmother.
“Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical” runs Oct. 13 through Nov. 5 at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood.
Wood, who wrote the book, lyrics and music, says the work “is a departure from anything you may think you know about Lizzie. This tale is not only about the Borden family but also about the mill workers who came from all parts of the world” to Fall River, Massachusetts, in the late 1800s.
“The millworkers were sorely underpaid and overworked. Their children — not unlike in Dickens tales — were also working in the mills, much to Lizzie’s fury. She fights for their right to be children and to be educated,” Wood says.
Of course, this is also a tale of old-school American horror, so be prepared for bloodshed. The production is “PG-13” and children under the age of 10 will not be admitted.
As for the Borden murders, Wood tackles “unanswered questions about what crimes were really committed and who in fact were the real perpetrators” if not Lizzie.
The Lizzie Borden musical plans a special Halloween night performance, with the audience urged to come in period costume. “Anything can happen that night!” Wood says.
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