Kerry Ellis is to star in the UK premiere of rock musical Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre.

Set to pop-rock tunes, Murder Ballad follows Sara (Ellis), a New Yorker who is torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her reliable husband – a treacherous love triangle with the inevitable tragic ending.

Conceived by Rent composer Jonathan Larson and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Julia Jordan, Murder Ballad has book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by Juliana Nash.

The show is produced in the UK by Soundcheck Productions which is part of Soundcheck Group. Managing director of Soundcheck Group, Daniel Hinchliffe, said that the production arm had initially been founded to find roles for Ellis, who he manages.

Following its original run at the Manhattan Theatre Club, it transferred to the Union Square Theatre in 2013.

Murder Ballad will run from 29 September 2016 until 3 December 2016 at The Arts Theatre.

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