Tristan Bates Theatre / Charing Cross Theatre
Directed by Guy Retallack
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story is a musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff. It is based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the so-called "thrill killers".
There is no production currently running in the capital that is more intelligent, atmospheric and haunting than this' –"Jye Frasca's Leopold is a study in helpless infatuation. Upon the stage of this theatre - a place that offers no refuge to the talentless- these two gents prove beyond all doubt the they are proper, grown-up Actors with a capital A." - Sunday Telegraph, Tim Walker.
"Both Frasca and Maguire are superb, the former seeming to shrink and gain pallor in the flash-forwards to his parole hearing in 1958. Thrilling indeed." - The Evening Standard, Fiona Mountford.
"There’s plenty to cheer in the riveting performances of Jye Frasca and George Maguire as Leopold and Loeb respectively, who bring a thrilling, chilling urgency to each characters’ journey." - The Stage, Mark Shenton.
"With a two-hander, casting needs to be spot on, and thankfully it is, with former Jersey Boy Jye Frasca skillfully using expression and speech patterns to make his Leopold somewhat innocent and clingy in flashback, but clearly more world-weary in the present day." - WhatsOnStage, Miriam Zendle.
"Bringing those characters to life are Jye Frasca as Leopold and George Maguire as Loeb. Frasca is more well-known for big West End hits such as Jersey Boys, Wicked and Mary Poppins. Both demonstrate their considerable dramatic talent in these roles, and do an impressive job of portraying the tense, complex relationship between Leopold and Loeb with equal parts manipulation, fear and love. They share fantastic chemistry and effectively explore a complicated, and at times frighteningly controlling, relationship, and they do so with subtlety." - Broadway World, Julia Hogg.
"Jye Frasca and George Maguire are sexily persuasive and thus chillingly credible." -The Independent, Edward Seckerson.
"Both men sing with beauty and clarity of diction not often heard today; every word rings out clear as a bell with duets so gorgeous that at moments the subject matter fades... Jye Frasca captures Nathan's mounting sense of anxiety as he loses himself to the madness of obsession yet is able to convey a pleasing tone of ambiguity as to which of the twosome ultimately holds the upper hand." - The British Theatre Guide, Anita Butler.
“The narrative chores having been handed to Jye Frasca's compelling Nathan Leopold... Frasca has greater West End experience (an extended run in Jersey Boys included) and he's good, too, playing an accomplice in the clutches of a putative lover in Loeb who doesn't give much back beyond contempt for the world around him. Frasca nicely captures, too, the sense of reversal that gives Leopold the upper hand long after Loeb's grim fate has been revealed.” - The Arts Desk, Matt Wolf.
Jye was nominated as Best Actor for his portrayal of Nathan Leopold in The 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards!
THRILL ME was nominated as Best Off West End Production at the 2012 WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Awards and was nominated for 7 Off West End Theatre Awards including Best New Musical, Best Production, Best Actor (Jye Frasca), Best Actor (George Maguire), Best Lighting Design, Best Musical Direction & Best Director.