Actors Maja Schoene, Alicia Aumueller, Joerg Pohl, Sebastian Rudolph, Tilo Werner, Miriam Struebel, Franziska Hartmann and Tabita Johannes perform during a press rehearsal of 'Charles Manson: Summer of Hate - The Musical' at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg on Sept. 24, 2014.
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October 2, 2014 9:52 PM EDT

The former cult leader who is currently serving a life sentence in a California prison is getting the musical treatment in Hamburg, Germany. The play follows Manson’s failed musical endeavors and the crimes and killing spree of the Manson “family,” as his followers were known.

“Charles Manson: Summer of Hate – The Musical” opened Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In 1971, the Manson family was found guilty of killing actress Sharon Tate and four other people at her home in 1969 before murdering a married couple, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, the next day. Manson’s apocalyptic race-war worldview, which he shared with his followers, was heavily influenced by the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.”

[LA Times]

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