- $16 for one general-admission ticket to see Murder Ballad: A New Musical (up to $33 value)
- When: select dates, August 7–16, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Short North Stage
- Door time: 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
Murder Ballad: A New Musical
He’s not just the sexy bartender—he’s the sexy narrator. And like all good sexy narrators, he’s got a sordid tale to tell. Staged to blur the gap between audience and cast, Murder Ballad centers around a passionate love affair that takes a turn for the lethal, forcing viewers to become witnesses to a crime. While belting out catchy pop-rock tunes, Sara, a successful uptown Manhattan type, is torn between two lovers. One is Tom, himself a rugged bartender that might be a bit too dangerous for a wedding registry, and the other is Michael, a timid poetry student who’s sweet, but just begging to be cuckolded. Sara thinks she’s made the right choice when she dumps Tom to marry Michael and bear his child, but soon she abandons her family for the bad boy. By the time she realizes her mistake, though, it’s too late: the love triangle implodes and the stage becomes a homicide scene.
Making its Columbus debut, this Off-Broadway steambath written by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash keeps audiences on their toes, even while they tap to the thriller’s tunes. Before or after the show, attendees can complete the destruction of the fourth wall and confess their love of daiquiris to a whole theater by grabbing a drink from the bartender on stage.