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LIZZIE: The American Rock Musical Returns!

Published April 4th, 2017 by | Comments Off on LIZZIE: The American Rock Musical Returns!

Recall the famous nursery rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” But did she really?

On April 28 – 30, in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University’s musical theatre program, LIZZIE, the American rock musical and crowd favorite, returns to the Cleveland stage. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of this collaboration with Baldwin Wallace, and the first time the student perform the same show twice! For one weekend only, experience the exhilarating story of Lizzie Borden and decide for yourself whether she is innocent, or if she is the axe-wielding murderer that everyone suspects her to be.

The chilling tale of Lizzie Borden:

125 years later, the mystery surrounding Lizzie Borden and whether or not she murdered her father and stepmother is still one of the most controversial cold cases in American history. Born July 19, 1860, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden grew up in an unusual home. Sarah Borden, her mother, died when she was only two years old. After their mother’s death, Lizzie’s older sister, Emma, promised she would care for her. It didn’t take long however for Andrew Borden, Lizzie’s father,  to remarry a woman named Abby, whom Lizzie would come to resent. Mr. Andrew Borden a wealthy businessman was frugal with his money, to a fault, and often left his family to go without electricity or indoor plumbing.

Growing up, Lizzie struggled to live a normal life. Her father gave her a minimal allowance and the only social activities she could participate in were church-related. Eventually, she dropped out of high school and became a well-known shoplifter. Lizzie wished to be free to live an extravagant, wealthy lifestyle but never could. She came into conflict with her stepmother, in large part, due to her father choosing to treat his wife better than his children, like buying her a house. By Lizzie’s early 30s, she was even more unhappy as an unmarried woman living with her father and stepmother.

Then on August 4, 1892, tragedy struck the Borden home. Sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., Lizzie’s stepmother Abby was brutally murdered with an axe in the upstairs bedroom. Lizzie claimed to be unaware of the murder, stating she was in the kitchen downstairs. Lizzie then claimed she went outside to the barn to get some equipment for an upcoming fishing trip. During all of this, Bridget Sullivan, the family’s maid, was outside washing windows. When she finished, Bridget came back inside the house, acquainting with Mr. Borden before she went to lie down for a nap in a second upstairs bedroom. Then, around 11:00 a.m., Mr. Borden was also brutally murdered in the downstairs living room, to which Lizzie came into the house and shouted to Bridget upstairs, “Come quick! Father’s dead. Somebody came in and killed him.” When it came to the trial, even amidst some incriminating evidence, Lizzie was found to be not guilty.

It’s time for you to see the show and choose your own verdict. Get tickets to see LIZZIE here.

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