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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Stephen Dolginoff

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  2m

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Book, music and lyrics Stephen Dolginoff

"There is no production currently running in the capital that is more intelligent, atmospheric and haunting than this." - Sunday Telegraph
"Thrill Me is thrilling indeed." - Evening Standard
"Sharp and witty, full of strong songs and clever twists." - Whatsonstage.com

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

by  Stephen Dolginoff

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee! Best Off-West End production, WhatsOnStage Awards, 2012
Description

Based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two 19-year-olds who murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago in 1924, Thrill Me focuses less on the murder itself than on the relationship between Leopold and Loeb. More than 30 years on, the older Nathan speaks at a parole board hearing, recalling the crime and the dynamics of his friendship with Richard, defined largely by their shared intelligence, their passion for Nietzschean philosophy, and their desire for the ultimate thrill. With simple staging requirements, Stephen Dolginoff's tense, two-character musical drama explores the unusual love story behind the “crime of the century".

Learn more about the show by listening to our interview with author Stephen Dolginoff.

History

Thrill Me premiered in New York City in 2003 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival; an Off-Broadway production opened in 2005 at the York Theatre.  The London Premiere was in 2011 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, and later moved to the Charing Cross Theatre.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes
  • No Special Cautions

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    Various simple settings or blackbox

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m
Cast Attributes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Materials

Scripts

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Full Package:

Piano score and vocal book on hire

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Press

REVIEWS

"There is no production currently running in the capital that is more intelligent, atmospheric and haunting than this." - Sunday Telegraph

"Thrill Me is thrilling indeed." - Evening Standard

"Intense, stylish and revelatory" - The Stage

"Sharp and witty, full of strong songs and clever twists." - Whatsonstage.com

"Breathtaking. Brazenly Satisfying." - The New York Times

"Thrill me is a beautiful, unsettling, dark and gripping production that makes us reflect about how far human nature can go in the name of love." - London Theatre Reviews

"Thrill Me certainly is thrilling. This musical... is steamy and sexy." - The Reviews Hub

"...the book and lyrics are superb." - LondonTheatre1

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Stephen Dolginoff on writing Thrill Me and other musicals inspired by historical fact 

Cathy Thomas

April 1, 2019

Stephen Dolginoff on writing Thrill Me and other musicals inspired by historical fact 

Cathy Thomas

April 1, 2019

Song Samples

Roadster
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Superior
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Life Plus 99 Years/Finale
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Authors

Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff is an award-winning, New York based writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for his musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY. Over 100 productions in ...

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