‘Thrill Me’ at Black Box Theatre in February

The Black Box Theatre is giving fans more time to see live theatre as it expands to three week runs of shows, starting with the first show of the eighth season, the chamber musical “Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story,” book, music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff. The show runs from February 9 to 24. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., except for Sundays at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets. The Black Box is located at 1623 Fifth Avenue in Moline.

“Thrill Me” stars Adam Cerny and Daniel Williams and features musical direction by Ron May and direction and design by Lora Adams. It’s based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who kidnapped and murdered 14 year old Bobby Franks in Chicago in 1924. Newspapers at the time called them “thrill killers.” Both, especially Loeb, became fascinated with the writings of Nietzsche and his concept of “supermen,” once writing “A superman … is, on account of certain superior qualities inherent in him, exempted from the ordinary laws which govern men. He is not liable for anything he may do.”

May 2024 is the 100th anniversary of the “crime of the century.”

“I first heard about the case from my mother. She had been the manicurist to one of their brothers,” said Adams. “I am really happy to bring it to The Black Box because it is an intimate musical that fits perfectly into the intimacy of the theatre itself.”

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