Assassins

Assassins

Book:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
1 Act
First Produced:
1990
Genres
Dark Comedy, Historical/Biographical
Time & Place
various locations in america, 1860s-1980s
Cast Size
small
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
broadway, professional, regional, college, university, community
Casting Notes:

Synopsis

Every country has its assassins and would-be assassins, but America may be unique in boasting a number of individuals whose motives for assassination are wrapped up in a malignant sense of entitlement. In their darkly humorous musical review, Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman (book) suggest that these nine men and women attacked U.S. Presidents not out of any purely political motivation, but rather out of deep feelings of betrayal, rage, and disillusionment in the failed promise of American democracy and the American Dream. The show spans several musical styles and many decades in a dizzying series of musical and theatrical inventions that culminate in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


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