A fun new experience/night out in Houston
I’m giving away 2 tickets to Friday nights Theater Under The Stars Underground Series, plus drink tickets. To enter “follow” me on instagram comment that you would like to go and I will pick a winner Thursday morning!
TUTS Underground series called Murder Ballad tells the sultry story of passion’s dark side. A love triangle gone wrong, the show centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seemingly has it all but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy new rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.
In addition to the stellar cast and creative team, TUTS Underground is taking the theatre
experience one step further with this musical. In keeping with the bar-theme of the
show, the theatre will transform Zilkha Hall into a part of the set. The 500-seat room will
play host to a fully operational bar on stage that will serve drinks starting one hour
before the show up until the show starts. VIP “Bar Fly” packages with onstage bar-side
tables will be available for purchase starting March 24 at www.TUTS.com/Events or by
calling the box office at 713-558-8887.
After the show, guests are encouraged to soak up the beautiful weather in The Garden
– a portion of Zilkha Hall’s patio that is transformed into an outdoor bar, complete with
IKEA’s stylish lounge furniture and special lighting. Patrons can mix and mingle in The
Garden with fellow theatre fans and company members from Murder Ballad
Heading the show as the leading ladies are Lauren Molina, who plays Sara, and
Kristin Warren, who plays the narrator. Molina’s stage credits are comprised of
Broadway’s Rock of Ages and Sweeney Todd as well as the first national tour of
Sweeney Todd. Warren is a native Houstonian who has appeared many times at
TUTS. Her most recent appearances include Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Guys and
Dolls and Man of La Mancha. She won an award as the Best Actress in a Musical from
BroadwayWorld.com voters in 2013 for her performance in Sweeney Todd.
Steel Burkhardt stars as Tom and Pat McRoberts stars as Michael. Burdkardt’s stage
experience includes the lead role in Hair on Broadway, London’s West End and the
national tour. McRoberts has played on Broadway in Miss Saigon and Buddy: The
Buddy Holly Story as well as the national tour of Miss Saigon. Both also boast
extensive regional theatre credits, having played at several theatres across the country.
The creative team consists of entirely Houston-based talent. Heading the creative team
are director Bruce Lumpkin and choreographer Michelle Gaudette. A husband and
wife team, Lumpkin and Gaudette have collaborated at TUTS for Elf, Man of La Mancha
and Miss Saigon. Lumpkin previously worked on several Broadway titles including
Grand Hotel, My One and Only, Nine, Stepping Out, and The Best Little Whorehouse In
Texas. Additionally, Lumpkin co-directed Grand Hotel on London’s West End and
served on the creative team for the national tours of Dr. Doolittle and Nine. He received
the Barrymore Award for Best Director and Best Musical for his revisionist look at
Cabaret. Gaudette has performed internationally throughout her career and toured
nationally in Will Rogers Follies. She also performed as a member of the Radio City
Rockettes in New York City for nine years.
Leading the band will be musical director and conductor Jack Beetle. Murder Ballad
marks Beetle’s debut with TUTS. A classically trained opera singer, he has performed
in more than 40 productions in various regional theatres and will help bring this
production’s pop rock score to life for audience members.