Assassins - A musical by Stephen Sondheim and John WeidmanDirected by Alice KirklandA multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheims signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nations culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by Americas four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical revusical that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.*Performance Note: This show contains the use of prop guns and the sound of gun fire.Performances: October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2, at 8:00 p.m.Matinee: October 27 and November 3, at 2:30 p.m.Assassins is presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.
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BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
October 19, 2019
Anyone who has undertaken a show by Stephen Sondheim knows that the music is seriously difficult, often including dissonant cords, tricky intervals, and overlapping lines. Assassins is no exception. Written by John Weidman and Sondheim, it was first produced at Playwrights Horizons in 1990 and hit Broadway in 2004. It was originally scheduled to play on Broadway in 2001, but was postponed due to the events of September 11, 2001. The story of those who assassinated or attempted to assassinate various Presidents throughout US history, Assassins combines quirky characters such as the Proprietor and Balladeer with historical characters such as Emma Goldman and John Wilkes Booth. It covers complex themes ranging from broken dreams to corruption to classism with dark humor. The show approaches these themes and the overarching theme of disillusionment with the American dream in a way that may make audiences feel uncomfortable as they are confronted with truths that are all too real about our country, our history, and human nature. Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg takes on Assassins now through November 3rd.