Book, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff
Directed by Bert Goldstein
A Wharton Center Theatre Production
Feb 12-16, 2020
A potent tale from history with a twist of artistic focus as it traces the hopes, fears, dreams and desires of Nathan Leopold. In flashback, Leopold tells the parole board how he and Richard Loeb planned what they considered to be the perfect crime—with horrifying results. Exploring the power dynamics and manipulation between the two, Thrill Me features haunting music and taut dialogue as the complicated web created by Chicago’s notorious “thrill killers” unfolds. Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com; at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office; or by calling 1-800- WHARTON.
Thrill Me has received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; won an ASCAP Music Award and a Los Angeles Garland Award. After its extended run in New York City, Thrill Me has been licensed for nearly 200 productions in 20 countries and 12 languages, including long-running versions in Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai. The original London production transferred to the West End after a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
"Startling...Provocative...I can't get enough of this...Will keep you spellbound...Thrill Me freezes the blood and keeps you wanting more!" –New York Observer
Stephen Dolginoff is the author/composer of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. This Wharton Center Theatre Production is directed by Bert Goldstein, the director of Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. This production will feature New York-based actors Mark Ryan Anderson and Wayne Shuker. Thrill Me is best suited for ages 15 and up, as it contains adult themes and situations. On Wednesday, February 12, there is an After Chat immediately following the performance, and on Thursday, February 13, there is an Insight Preview at 6:45PM.
This Wharton Center Theatre Production is sponsored by University Outreach & Engagement with additional support from April Clobes & Glen Brough; and Jack & Susan Davis.
Specially-Priced Student and Youth Tickets:$19 MSU Student tickets: Visit https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/thrill-me-the-leopold-loeb-story and select students on the right-hand side of the page, enter your APID to redeem.
$19 Non-MSU Student tickets: Visit the Wharton Center Ticket Office with a valid student ID or call 1.800.WHARTON.