Bay Area Musicals! Continues 2nd Season with Sondheim's ASSASSINS

Bay Area Musicals!, the newest non-profit theatrical organization to join the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area arts community, continues its second season with the acclaimed tribal Stephen Sondheim musical,Assassins. A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written, making a great show for Bay Area Muscials' second season.

Assassins will perform February 18-March 18, 2017 at San Francisco's Alcazar Theatre (650 Geary Street). Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Press night for Assassins will be Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. and Friday, February 24 at 8:00pm. Single tickets for regular performances range in price from $35-$60. Tickets for preview performances (Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m.and Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m.) are $20. Tickets for the opening night fundraiser onSaturday, February 18 are $100 and include an opening night party with the cast immediately following the performance. All proceeds from the opening night fundraiser ticket sales will benefit future Bay Area Musical! projects and productions. Tickets are available now by calling 415-340-2207 or visiting www.bamsf.org.

TO SECURE PRESS TICKETS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 8 P.M., PLEASE EMAIL BOX@BAMSF.ORG NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15. LIMIT TWO TICKETS PER REQUEST. NON-TRANSFERABLE.
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.

Assassins features an ensemble of 14 of the best performers from throughout the Bay Area. They are: Jessica Fisher (Sara Jane Moore), DC Scarpelli (Leon Czologsz),John Brown (Samuel Byck), Derrick Silva (John Wilkes Booth), Kelli Schultz (Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme), Zac Schuman (John Hinkley), Sage G.C. (Balladeer/Oswald), Eric Neiman (The Proprietor/Ensemble), Terrence Mclaughlin (Giuseppe Zangara), Peter Budinger (Chales Guiteau), Rebecca Davis (Housewife/Ensemble), Gary M. Giurbino(Ensemble), and Maximilian Wix (Boy).

Directed by Daren A.C. Carollo, the creative team for Assassins also includes choreographer Matthew McCoy, music director Jon Gallo, associate director Ryan Weilble, assistant stage manager Wesley Rou, costume designer Brooke Jennings, Sound Designer Julie Indelicato, and prop designer Devon Labelle.

Says Carollo: "In the wake of the recent election, it feels symbolic to present Assassinsas Bay Area Musicals' first Stephen Sondheim piece. The prolific writer is known for giving the most complex characters voices we would never hear otherwise. Sondheim's ability to twist music and lyrics into the psyche of these murderous killers, or soon to be killers, throughout America's history is what makes this show one of the most controversial ever written."

Bay Area Musicals! would like to acknowledge its 2016-17 company sponsors: Microlease, Performing Arts Academy of Marin, and the Bay Area Reporter.

Assassins contains strong language and mature themes. Parental discretion is highly advised.

Bay Area Musicals! closes out its 2016-17 season with the delightful family favorite,Seussical the Musical (July 8, 2017-August 5, 2017).



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