PLAYLIST: Musical Murderers
If you’re anything like me, it’s the demented things in life that fascinate you the most. One of those things for me, and for a lot of people, is killers. Many movies, books, and musicals have been written about them. From the new musical Heathers to classics like Chicago, we as a musical theatre community just love musical murderers.
And so, I present you some of my favorite songs featuring these deranged but somehow lovable characters.
1. “Too Late To Turn Back Now” (Bonnie and Clyde, Frank Wildhorn & Don Black)
Everyone knows and loves the thieving romantic couple Bonnie and Clyde. In this song, which takes place after Clyde’s first murder, we are right with Bonnie as we both love and hate the handsome murderer.
2. “Poison in my Pocket” (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Steven Lutvak)
This new musical has taken the world by surprise with its immense popularity. As you may guess by its title, the entire show is about a gentleman’s guide to murder (well, love too). In this song, I can’t help but fall for Monty Navarro (and Bryce Pinkham) as he contemplates his first of many murders.
3. “The Destruction” (Carrie the Musical, Dean Pitchford & Michael Gore)
Although it was a box office flop, I have a soft spot for the musical and its title character. Here, Carrie starts her infamous destruction after her night at prom goes not exactly as planned.
4. The Ballad of Sara Berry (35mm, Ryan Scott Oliver)
Come ON, this is probably one of the best and most fierce musical theatre songs of all time. Lindsay Mendez is incredible.
5. Valley High (Drew Gasparini)
Another fierce new musical theatre song featuring three boys you just can’t help but feel bad for.
6. Our Love is God (Heathers the Musical, Laurence O’Keefe & Kevin Murphy)
The cult classic film Heathers was recently turned into a stage show, and Barrett Wilbert Weed and Ryan McCartan kill this act one finale (pun intended).
7. Epiphany (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim)
Nothing says murder like a Sondheim song!
8. Suppertime (Little Shop of Horrors, Alan Menken & Howard Ashman)
9. Circus (Make Me Bad, Drew Gasparini)
I’m sensing a theme here with Lindsay Mendez absolutely slaying songs about murder.
10. Cell Block Tango (Chicago, Kander & Ebb)
The tenth and final song is none other than Cell Block Tango from Chicago! This fierce group of ladies are enough of a warning sign to never cross a woman.
Who are your favorite musical murderers?