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Assassins - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy


Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

ISBN: 9781559360388

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Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

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Evoking a fraternity of political assassins and would-be assassins across a hundred years of our history, Sondheim and Weidman daringly examine success, failure and the questionable drive for power and celebrity in American society. "Dark, demented humor, as horrifying as it is hilarious."--Michael Kuchwara, "Associated Press"
"Sidesplitting and sobering in equal measure, this is the most provocative musical in years." -LA Times

"Unnerving . . . It's a brilliant show, filled with dark, demented humor." -Associated Press
ASSASSINS features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. ASSASSINS premiered in 1990 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City as a completely sold-out limited run and instantly became one of the most talked-about musicals in years. The original cast album, released nine months later, propelled the show into legendary cult-favorite status. ASSASSINS opened in London at the Donmar Warehouse on October 29, 1992. Directed by Sam Mendes, the production included the addition of a new musical number, "Something Just Broke." The London production closed on January 9, 1993 after 76 performances. ASSASSINS was originally scheduled for a 2001 Broadway production by the Roundabout Theater Company. However, it was postponed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A few years later, in 2004, Roundabout went forward with its ASSASSINS revival. The production opened on April 22, 2004 at Studio 54 for a limited engagement.


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BALLADEER A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America. Male, 20-40 yrs old Range: C3 - G4
BILLY Sara Jane Moore's whiny son. Male, 8 - 10 yrs old Speaking Role
CHARLES GUITEAU (1841-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: A2 - Ab4
DAVID HEROLD (1842-1865) One of John Wilkes Booth's confederates. Aided Booth in his attempted escape. Male, 20-25 yrs old Speaking Role
EMMA GOLDMAN (1869-1940) Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz. Female, 30-40 yrs old Speaking Role
ENSEMBLE Bystanders; Tourists; Reporters; Photographers
GIUSEPPE ZANGARA (1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented immigrant. Male, 30-35 yrs old Range: B2 - A4
JOHN HINCKLEY (1955- ) Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student. Male, 25-30 yrs old Range: A2 - G4
JOHN WILKES BOOTH (1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: F2 - G4
LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1939-1963) Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk. Male, 20-25 yrs old Range: G3 - C4
LEON CZOLOGOSZ (1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical. Male, 25-30 yrs old Range: G#2 - G4
LYNETTE "SQUEAKY" FROMME (1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson. Female, 25-30 yrs old Range: A3 - G5
SAMUEL BYCK (1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit. Male, 40-45 yrs old Range: D3 - G4
SARA JANE MOORE (1930- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense. Female, 40-45 yrs old Range: F3 - Eb5
THE PROPRIETOR A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: Gb2 - F4
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