Thrill Me is based on the real-life story of wealthy law students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, who killed a school friend to test themselves at living life beyond limits as Nietzschean Übermensch and, basically, for kicks. Stephen Dolginoffs dark psychological drama follows the double-crossing of the jailed pair as each tries to make a deal with the police.The homoerotic relationship between Leopold and Loeb is explored in depth. While making the Hitchcock Leopold and Loeb-inspired movie Rope, the actor Farley Granger wondered how different its depiction of male lovers would have been without censorship. Here it is. Jye Frasca graduates from serial understudy to leading man as a convincingly lovestruck Nathan Leopold willing to do anything to win the approval of his best friend. His transition from sidekick to controlling personality is one of the most effective elements in the piece. To be the object of such unfiltered adoration, Richard Loeb needs to be charismatically irresistible, a gorgeous gay Gatsby at the height of the Jazz Age, but for me George Maguire didnt quite pull that off, although he did capture the mounting insecurity and false bravado of the teenage chancer with absolute credibility.Both sing exceptionally well, particularly Frasca. Since theyre both experienced hoofers its a pity the two-handed structure doesnt allow them a production number. Its also a pity the deadly repetitive score doesnt give them a chance to show off their song stylings either. Dolginoff misses a trick in not drawing inspiration from the music of the twenties, instead staying rooted in the vamp-till-readiness of stereotypical modern musical theatre recitative.Chicago still holds court at the Cambridge Theatre London. Its quite a coincidence that another musical featuring a jailed pair of killers is running at the other end of the street. While the source material of Thrill Me is fascinating, I feel the show could do with a couple of upbeat songs, or livening with satire. Chicagos taken all its hits, razzle-dazzle and comedy.The fictitious Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart celebrate murder as vaudeville art form and comeuppance for faithless lovers, but Leopold and Loebs murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks was horrific. They hacked at him with a chisel in the back seat of a rental car, stashed his body in a drain, and went out to dinner. Not even Roxie or Velma could tap their way out of that one.