An Inside Look at Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Posted at 3:53 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 15:58:10-05

LANSING, Mich. — FOX 47 had an unprecedented first look at the upcoming production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. We spoke with the main actors and directors and had a chance to see a few poignant scenes from the musical.

Thrill Me Director Bert Goldstein
Thrill Me: Wayne Shuker
Thrill Me: Mark Ryan Anderson
Thrill Me: Selected Scenes from the Musical

About Thrill Me
A potent tale from history with a twist of artistic focus as it traces the hopes, fears, dreams and desires of Nathan Leopold. In flashback, Leopold tells the parole board how he and Richard Loeb planned what they considered to be the perfect crime—with horrifying results. Exploring the power dynamics and manipulation between the two, Thrill Me features haunting music and taut dialogue as the complicated web created by Chicago’s notorious “thrill killers” unfolds. Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online,; at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office; or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

Thrill Me has received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; won an ASCAP Music Award and a Los Angeles Garland Award. After its extended run in New York City, Thrill Me has been licensed for nearly 200 productions in 20 countries and 12 languages, including long-running versions in Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai. The original London production transferred to the West End after a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

"Startling…Provocative…I can't get enough of this…Will keep you spellbound…Thrill Me freezes the blood and keeps you wanting more!" –New York Observer

Stephen Dolginoff is the author/composer of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. This Wharton Center Theatre Production is directed by Bert Goldstein, the director of Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. This production will feature New York-based actors Mark Ryan Anderson and Wayne Shuker. Thrill Me is best suited for ages 15 and up, as it contains adult themes and situations. On Wednesday, February 12, there is an After Chat immediately following the performance, and on Thursday, February 13, there is an Insight Preview at 6:45PM.

· Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30PM

· Thursday, February 13 at 7:30PM

· Friday, February 14 at 8:00PM

· Sunday, February 16 at 1:30PM

Location: Pasant Theatre

Tickets: Tickets from $35

Group and student discounts are available

Ticket Office:

517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

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