A local downtown bar is going to be the scene of a staged murder when the off-Broadway musical Murder Ballad opens this October in Hood River. This four-character show, which opened off-Broadway in 2013, is coming to Hood River’s River City Saloon, courtesy CGOA Stages and director Mark Steighner. As the lyrics of the opening song suggest, “someone’s gonna die,” and it’s up to the audience to guess who the unlucky victim will be.
“The audience knows going in that this is a story about an unfaithful lover and violent retribution,” said Steighner. “But the hook is the question, who really deserves it, and who is going to figuratively pull the trigger? If we do our job right, you can make a case for any of the characters.” Local actors Michelle Firsching, Luke Firsching, Emily Vawter and Tommy Fliss sing their way through a 90 minute score that truly rocks, unlike many so-called “rock operas.”