Whilst London audiences are used to new musicals arriving in the UK via New York and North America it's certainly a novelty to welcome one following a premiere in Denmark. The UK premiere of Lizzie carries with it all the surface-level sensibilities of a rock musical, namely a melodramatic score with a gutsy story to match.
Lizzie is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. Lizzie is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. Lizzie is American mythology set to a blistering rock score. Lizzie is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, Runaways, and Heart.
On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.