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I'm Allison. I see a ton of theatre. I'm a fan of Green Day, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Weezer, Oasis, Adam Rapp, Emily Giffin, and Shakespeare. I run sometimes, and do yoga always.

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Murder Ballad

I saw Murder Ballad on Friday night after hearing numerous positive accounts from friends whose opinions I trust. Also: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Swenson, and Cassie Levy? Yes, please sign me up.

I guess site-specific, make your stage shows are the rage now. I guess everyone has to have some schtick and Murder Ballad capitalized on this by basically creating their own theatre in the round at the Union Square Theatre. Where I was sitting was basically where the stage would’ve been. The show’s action centers around a long bar in the front orchestra and a pool table in the house left section of the orchestra.

The plot, although semi-cliche, is compelling enough to keep you interested for 80 minutes (No intermission! Score!) and despite the upfront admission that the ending is not happy, is pretty happy. I have to admit that after being told by Jones’ character that someone dies, I spent much of the show guessing who it’d be.

The score is great. There is LOTS of belting. It’s a great rock score, with just the right number of ballads to make sure you don’t get a headache from the volume. The lighting and staging is beautiful, and very creative. John Ellison Conlee was out, so Josh Tower covered for him; and he was great.

Jones’ character is mainly the narrator who breaks down the fourth wall from the very first note. I thought she was, of course, fantastic. And like in American Idiot she wears very little clothing the entire time. 

The show begins and ends in exactly the same, which is something I always love, because it gives you chills. Murder Ballad is eerier form start to finish, and it’s also quite amazing.

Murder Ballad is paying at the Union Square Theatre through July 21st. 

So, at the last minute, it was announced that Alysha Umphress was going to be a guest on Seth’s Chatterbox and about three hours before show time, it was announced that some of her co-stars would be joining her.  Tickets were listed on PlayByPlay, so I grabbed one, happy that I wouldn’t have to worry about the $25 cover charge (only the 2-drink-minimum).  I’ve only been to Seth’s Chatterbox once before and it was back in 2006 when Will Chase, et al were there during the brief run of Lennon.  I really dislike Don’t Tell Mama’s as a venue, but I stayed positive despite the over priced cherry Coke I was drinking.

Alysha Umphress was joined by her co-stars Christina Sajour, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Ben Thompson, as well as Seth Rudetsky, of course.  They discussed their most embarrassing audition horror stories (video coming!), what colleges they went to; Alysha told the story of Michael Mayer calling her at 1pm two Friday’s ago to comes fill in for Anika Noni Rose in On a Clear Day at Vassar, and how she went on at 8pm that night; they talked about the workshops of American Idiot and meeting Green Day for the first time.  Seth gave props for Prop 8 being repealed and congratulated Ben on his marriage.  

I’m sure I’m leaving out parts (of course I am), but overall it was a really enjoyable time and I’m really glad I went.  Two sodas only (!) ended up costing me $10.75 (wtf!).  

*Best part of the exchange last night: Seth asked, “So why do you have to get to the theatre so early?  Do you do prayer circle before hand?” They told him no, no, they do warm ups, and one of them goes, “No prayer time, we do FUCK TIME!" and Seth looks at them and says, "Excuse me?

I apologize for the crap-quality of my photos.  I guess while I’ve been trying to master my Canon D20, I’ve forgotten how to use my Powershot.  

I didn’t know we were both Aries!  Sweet!

I love this article.  I’m not sure what I would do if I had to be in my underwear infront of 1100 people every night. 

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Love this picture. (via fuckyeahjohngallagherjr)