2015-2016 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

December 3 - December 20, 2015

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

by Stephen Dolginoff

Relationships can be murder. A two-character musical drama that recounts the chilling true story of the legendary duo who committed one of the most infamous and heinous crimes of the twentieth century.

"Stephen Dolginoff's pocket musical about the Leopold and Loeb murder case lands like a well-placed punch, arresting and a bit breathtaking. Others have told the tale in plays and films, but there is something brazenly satisfying about Mr. Dolginoff's rendition. It's a reminder that evil often looks and sounds beautiful." - NY Times.

Directed by Cheryl Katz
Musical Direction by Andy Peterson

Cast: Joe Bigelow and Dean Linnard

Production and Design: Brian Dudkiewicz (Set Design), Jorge Arroyo (Lighting Design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design), Liz Cesario (Production Manager), and Dan Viola (Stage Manager)

Talkback Schedule:

  • December 6th: Director Cheryl Katz and Cast.
  • December 17th: Moderated Discussion Between Director Cheryl Katz and Lighting Designer Jorge Arroyo.
  • December 18th: A Conversation with Dr. Nathan Hurwitz, a professor at Rider University with a recent book out on the history of musical theater.

Schedule Subject To Change.

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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Photo by Christopher Drukker
Dean Linnard (L), Joe Bigelow (R). Photo by Christopher Drukker.
Dean Linnard (L), Joe Bigelow (R). Photo by Christopher Drukker.

Meet The Writer

Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff (Book, Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning, New York City based, playwright/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 15 countries and 10 languages have followed, including a limited run on London's West End (WOS Award nom), productions in Los Angeles & Chicago, and long-running Asian versions in Seoul and Tokyo. Stephen's musical suspense thriller, FLAMES, opened in London this Spring after several productions around the United States and will premiere in Montreal in the Fall of 2015. His horror-movie musical homage, MONSTER MAKERS, was recently presented at the Daryl Roth Theatre by New York Theatre Barn, and will be produced regionally later in 2015. Stephen received a Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics for his musical ONE FOOT OUT THE DOOR. His musicals MOST MEN ARE; his musical adaptation of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH; and his musical comedy, PANIC, the story behind the "War of the Worlds" broadcast have been performed in theatres all around the world. Stephen received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts. As an actor, he played "Nathan Leopold" in THRILL ME Off-Broadway and in Seattle, Buffalo & Tampa. He also performs the role on the cast album.

Meet The Directors

CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with the Directors of Thrill Me.

Cheryl Katz

Cheryl Katz has been with Luna Stage since 2003. She served as Director of Play Development for eight years before becoming Associate Artistic Director in 2011. She was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. During her time at Luna, she has contributed to the development of over fifty new works for the stage and has directed the world premieres of Tar Beach by Tammy Ryan, The High Water Mark by Ben Clawson, Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman, The Fastest Woman Alive by Karen Sunde, and all three Luna productions of The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (1995 and 2008 in New Jersey, 2010 in New York). Prior to her position at Luna, Cheryl developed and directed new plays in the New York area and worked as a producer, administrator and special projects manager for LaMama E.T.C., Under One Roof, Electronic Arts Intermix, Arts International and The School of Hard Knocks. She has worked in script development for The Young Playwrights Festival, The O'Neill Theatre Conference and The Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Andy Peterson

"Musical director Andy Peterson is a masterful genius with his playing, making the piano feel like an entire orchestra>" - Sherri Rase, QonStage

Andy Peterson is currently a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator. Born and raised in Australia, Andy began his training in music at the late age of 15, taking quickly to the piano and composition. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied under great Australian composers and musicians such as Anne Boyd, Judy Bailey, Neil McEwan, Rowena Crowley, Michael Smetanin and Damien Ricketson. Andy has had the pleasure of playing in some of Australia's finest venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place Recital Hall, Australian Parliament House and has worked with some of Australia's best musical theatre talents such as Michael Falzon, Amanda Harrison, Bobby Fox, Bronwyn Mulcahy, David Whitney, James Miller, Rodney Dobson and David Harris.

Andy has worked internationally in four countries. He was the musical director and conductor for the Chinese tour of Kiss Me, Kate and the orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor on the Malaysian tour of Sinbad: The Musical. In 2013, Andy joined the creative team for the Australian musical Atomic as the musical director, arranger and orchestrator, working alongside composer Philip Foxman (Supernaut) to develop the original score for the show. After a showcase season in Sydney, the show then transferred to New York City where it played a successful Off-Broadway season over the summer of 2014. Now presently living in New York City, Andy is involved as the musical director, arranger and orchestrator on three new musicals currently in development. Since the move, he as worked with Broadway performers such as Alice Ripley, Jeremy Kushnier, Sara Gettlefinger, Euan Morton, Randy Harrison, David Abeles, NaTasha Williams, Brian Ogilvie and Thos Shipley and has been mentored by Broadway orchestrator Christopher Janhke (Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Memphis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess).

Andy is currently writing music for the new musical Stalker: The Musical.

In The Press


Meet The Cast

Click on each actor's photo to watch an interview.

Joseph Bigelow

"Bigelow and Linnard both sing beautifully; their close harmonizing reminds us of their relationship (obsession) and reinforces the play's idea that evil sometimes lurks in beauty." - Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

Joe Bigelow is a Minnesota native who grew up as a musician and began doing theater during middle school. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater's B.F.A. Actor Training Program. During college, in addition to his theater studies, he began studying aerial arts and dance. Shortly after graduating, he moved to New York City to further his dance training and pursue his acting career. Previous regional credits include: The Guthrie Theater (A Midsummer Night's Dream, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, H.M.S. Pinafore), New York City Center (CTFD 29th Anniversary Gala), Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (All Shook Up, Romeo and Juliet, The Light in the Piazza), and Black Dirt Theater (Arsenic and Old Lace).

Dean Linnard

"Both Linnard and Bigelow are expertly subtle, betraying just enough to make their characters' emotions clear without losing their composure." - The Star Ledger

Dean Linnard is truly thrilled to be working at Luna Stage on this show. New York credits include Sleep No More, Hamlet: A One Man Show and the Guggenheim Museum's Time Temple. Regional credits include the world premiere of Quincy Long's The Huntsmen (Portland Playhouse), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey - Shakespeare Live!), The Rub (New Orleans Fringe Festival), and four seasons with Vermont Shakespeare Company, with whom he has appeared in The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. Tours include Theatreworks USA's The Lightning Thief. Dean is also a teaching artist for Broadway.com's Broadway Classroom Series and an art gallery performer / adaptive storyteller through Museum Hack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Training: BFA from NYU Tisch, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. DeanLinnard.com

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story