A Killer Rock Musical

By Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Shows Added

Oct. 14 – Nov. 6, 2016

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm & 8pm

Tickets: starting at $29.50

Preview Performances: Oct. 12 – 13 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $15

Jaeb Theatre, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Media Cast & Crew Patron Reviews Season

Theatre Tampa Bay Award

  • Outstanding Lead Actress Musical – Fo’i Meleah

Jobsite continues the 2016-17 season with their third co-production with the Straz Center in the Jaeb Theater (Return to the Forbidden Planet, Silence! The Musical). Bay Area audiences are in for another just-in-time-for-Halloween treat with the Drama Desk Award-nominated LIZZIE, a killer rock musical that is taking the nation by storm.

Four ferocious women front a savage six-piece rock band to tell the story of Lizzie Borden, America’s favorite double axe-murderess and Victorian hometown girl-next-door. In 1892 on a sweltering August day in a small New England town, a well-to-do-elderly man and his second wife were brutally murdered with an axe in broad daylight. Lizzie Borden, their youngest daughter, was the prime suspect. She was arrested and tried for the crime, but, with no actual witnesses to the hideous event, was acquitted.

Colleen Cherry in Jobsite's LIZZIE“It’s rare for show tunes to require this much intellectual engagement, but every turn of phrase is a revelation … Musically, visually, and storywise, LIZZIE is the next generation mash-up of Spring Awakening and Hedwig and the Angry Inch that will surely be packing in the audiences, young and old” – WQED, San Francisco

The murders remain unsolved making Borden an enduring pop culture icon to this day. History tells us Lizzie was innocent, but the legend as still chanted in schoolyards and playgrounds to this day leaves no doubt about her guilt. Full of hot rock licks, riot-grrrl attitude, and gleeful gallows humor, LIZZIE has made Top 10 lists in New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, and is now ready to rock Tampa!

LIZZIE, whose creators describe as “an epic rock concept album come to life on stage” debuted at the Living Theater in New York in 2009. Ralph Remington, former director of the theater division of the NEA called Hamilton, Here Lies Love, and LIZZIE “the future of the American musical. Get ready.”

“A gothic rock ritual with a riot-grrrl attitude … an eerie hybrid of rock club and a turn-of-the-century New England parlor.” – The New York Times

“Rock Opera of Feminine Rage, Female Frenzy, Dominatrix Passion, and Leather Leggings Lawlessness … Every emotion in LIZZIE is supersized, most every song feverishly frantic … This is wild theater, wanton theater, and at its best it’s sort of thrilling.” – Creative Loafing

“Four women run through a highly interpretive version of the story at fast clip … hitting the music hard, backed up by a first-rate band … Bottom line, this is a party with good live music.” – Tampa Bay Times

“Bursting forth with raw emotion and a much-needed blast of feminist rage, LIZZIE is the perfect antidote for our troubled, Trumped times … a galvanizing viewing experience” – Blood Violence and Babes

“It’s as if Heart, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar and the Runaways all got together to tell this very dark tale of one of the most famous Victorian era murders. These incredible actresses sing their hearts out, and the audience rewards them with an immediate, deserved standing ovation.” – Broadway World

“a bright, loud, and in your face performance … These actresses belted out high notes throughout the show, letting out their passion in the form of sex, rage and rock and roll … viewers can sit back with a drink and be simultaneously creeped out, confused and aroused.” – The Minaret

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  • ‘Lizzie,’ a rock musical about an axe murderer, is here for Halloween season – Tampa Bay Times


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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Spencer Meyers – Assistant Director


  • Christina Capehart – Alice
  • Colleen Cherry – Lizzie
  • Heather Krueger – Emma
  • Fo’i Mealeah – Bridget
  • Jeremy Douglass – Music Director
  • Mark Warren – Band Leader


  • Elwood Bond – Drums
  • Jeremy Douglass – Keys
  • Nader Issa – Bass
  • Tom Kersey – Cello
  • Rebekah Pulley – Guitar
  • Mark Warren – Guitar
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Alison Burns Jackson – Choreographer
  • David Cohen – Sound Engineer
  • Reuben Hirsch – Lighting Designer
  • Brittany Reuther – Costume Designer
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer
  • Julia Smith – Directing Apprentice

Patron Reviews

Via Email

Good show! Enjoyed it very much. – Frances Factor

We greatly enjoyed Lizzie. First rate production. Very talented cast. – Jeffery Gerew

Marvelous! Everything – voices and choreography – set and story, audience of all ages, wonderful … Quite a coup. Those words will stay on my mind, …41. Great for the Jaeb, hope you can extend. Congrats. – Susanne Neilsen

Saw the show tonight and was blown away!! We loved it. Thinking about coming again – it was that good! – Lorinda Gamson

The show was amazing!!! Perhaps the best vocal performance of any show, Broadway or otherwise, I have seen at Straz 🙂 – Jamie Klingman

What a treat! We saw “Lizzie” on Friday and had a great time. I am sincerely blown away…. Loved the band, too. Good players and good orchestration. The “Lizzie” arrangements were album-ready and well-played. Congratulations. What a tour de force performance! Rock on! – Tom Sivak

Via Facebook

Saw the show tonight, it was fantastic! Loved everything about it! Talented group of ladies! – Mindy Choate

Great show tonight – Steffan Boule

tonight was amazing – Charles Hampton

Saw it yesterday! Brave ladies! Fantastic voices! 👏🏼 – Pasqualino Beltempo

AX-citing!!! Fabulous show! – Jannine Cherry

Saw the Preview last night. Terrific show. – Robert Simon

I am very passionate about a lot of things but maybe nothing more than strong women belting their FACES OFF. Lizzie – a killer rock musical at Jobsite Theater blew me AWAY. I can’t get over this show and never will. #YAAAAAAAS – Katie Berger

‘LIZZIE’ at the Jaeb is an AHMAHZING production quality with powerhouse punk performers. I loved every moment and can’t wait to see it again!! – Samantha Ehrnman

Lizzie is so cool. The Borden house is rockin’! Congrats to this team! – Jonathan Vandyke

It was totally awesome!! The cast killed it!! – Brandie McCallum

The show was awesome! Thank you all for a great evening – Susan Belvo

It is fabulous and begs to be seen!!! Great stuff!!!! The band is pure dynamite!!! However– it’s the ladies that compel us to keep our eyes glued to the stage, and so affixed that when looking away, we are eagerly seeking the next visual gorefest treat, be it verbal or visceral. All 4 ladies have voices to die for, and it would be hard to say one lady’s voice is more to the point and key than another’s … If you are able, “chop up” the price of a ticket and SEE this incredible show with tour de force work all around and give yourself an incredible Hallowe’en treat!!! – Joseph Parra

Had the opportunity to see the show last night and LOVED it! I highly recommend it! – Connie Hubach Horn

I saw this show last night and it was way better than I hoped!!! So amazing and Entertaining!! I loved every second and totally recomend this show. These girls can sing! – Melanie Rodriguez

I was lucky enough to score a ticket and loved it. So much rock n’ roll fun- you’ll catch many a headbanger musical reference, and it’s like the lighting director was channeling arena rock best moments (I’ll bet pyrotechnics were discussed.) The best part though was the singing! We are lucky to have this kind of talent in Tampa- from the costumes to the band, what a great show! – Anne Scott Vela

Just got done seeing this tour de force! I understand there are 5, only 5 more opportunities to see this marvel! 4 women who are forces to be reckoned with! Do it miss this! – Lori Pate

Via Twitter

So incredible!! A total must see!! – @littlewys

This show is frightfully brilliant! Yes, #LizzieTampa is that good! Must see! – @denisermt

Great music. Great acting. And an ending to be remembered. – @PhilGerb

The notes these performers are hitting in @LizzieMusical is incredible! – @RyTheNewsGuy

Lizzie’ is 🔥 — really incredible talent from both the cast and the band. Go see it, Tampa ppl. – @bubbaprog

Just saw #LIZZIETampa. Amazing music and vocals. These women rocked!! @jobsitetheater – @brendalovell

If you mount another musical this year, you’ll be up for two #BOTB awards. @cl_tampabay #LizzieTampa #BestConcert – @jelijahcho

#Tampa got to see #LizzieTampa @StrazCenter @jobsitetheater Absolutely loved the Music, powerful all women cast! Amazing!!! #Datenite #Mustsee – @CGormon

People, go see @jobsitetheater LIZZIE…you WILL thank me later! Absolutely stunning performances. #GO – @JeanneTPA

Blown away by the depth of character from the actors in #LIZZIETampa. Totally on Lizzie’s side. – @stephemera

Saw #lizzietampa last night & it was incredible! Wonderful performances & rockin music. Brava, ladies! @jobsitetheater @StrazCenter – @brax292

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