Billy And The Killers is a sexy new rock musical about a teenager who is accused of killing his girlfriend not far from the trailer park where he lives. Our hero Billy is reminiscent of Hedwig and the Angry Inch's Tommy Gnosis, with this show kinda feeling like his backstory. And, similar to Hedwig, it feels more like a rock concert than musical theater...in a good way!
The gritty characters in this show match the themes of the show, both oozing with testosterone. This is musical theater for fans of Sons of Anarchy -- there's even a real vintage motorcycle on the stage! This is all wildly refreshing, considering musical theater doesn't usually tell the stories of people who live in double wide trailers and work in greasy garages while they're out on parole.
Both Sydney Shepherd and her co-star Adrian Blake Enscoe are swoonworthy young dreamboats and Peter Stopchinski's loud rock music sounds really good in the small basement black box theater at HERE.
Photos: Shira Friedman
Grab a Coors Light, throw on your Carhartt jacket, and hop on your hog to head downtown to rock out to Billy and the Killers. Well, don't drink and drive...wait until you get to the theater to drink the Coors Light!
Runs through November 18.
Because of the "ripped from the headlines" theme of the show, we stopped into a rehearsal a few weeks ago and asked the cast and creative team a very fundamental question:
Do you believe everything you read in the news?
"What always strikes me is that with gossip stories, and Hollywood, or crimes being committed is how you believe it and theres a further revelation and you go 'Oh, it's the exact opposite of what I thought' and then there's a THIRD revelation and you realize the second thing you believed was wrong too! As the revelations come in, you keep realizing that you believe everything you read until...you read something else!"
There's a reason it won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical. It doesn't get fresher and more relevant than this!