Assassins by John Weidman features music written by Stephen Sondheim. . Reading the script many years after first seeing the show and becoming familiar. Gilbert had submitted a script about a fictional presidential assassin, and although Sondheim found the play itself problematic, he was fascinated by the. “Assassins” is clearly acknowledged as Sondheim’s baby. There may be some subtle anti-assassination decla- rations in his script but, if there.

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How big is your theatre? It did feel a little uncomfortable driving downtown with the windows down on a hot summer day while John Wilkes Booth trills “Kill the president! If our high school had a drama program, Eondheim would have recommended it.

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Jun 10, Yourfiendmrjones rated it it was amazing Shelves: He talks into a tape recorder, preparing a message to Leonard Bernstein telling Bernstein he can save the world by writing more love songs, and explaining that he is going to change things by crashing a into the White House and killing Richard Nixon.

The original NY assassuns used slides, as did my production and many others. There is a reason he doesn’t sing, at least for this scene. Byck’s Santa suit, for instance, comes from his picketing the White House on Eondheim Eve ofin the Santa suit with the sign described in the script.

He was president of the Dramatists Guild from to This character could really be any of the assassins. What is particularly interesting here is how Weidman manages to give the assassins a face, to show how they came to their act.


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And the physical limitations of your space can become a major factor in assaasins decision. Aside from the guns, you have period newspapers, a KFC chicken bucket, a period crutch, a period camera with working flash, a breakaway coke bottle, a realistic electric chair, edible food, a realistic stuffed dog, tons of money and a pocketwatch or two. The play features 18 scenes, many containing one or more of the assassins and scgipt background. Booth tells Oswald that the key to the future is in his hands.

Since I own both cast albums of this show but haven’t ever gotten to see it, it’s a plasure to have the libretto to read to see how everything links together.

I highly recommend this book. Sondheim is top notch here, and Weidman’s book is just as strong. I tried to produce it, again, in with the Adobe Theatre in Albuquerque, NM, but they didn’t choose it.

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Their imaginary interactions and real-world crimes are explored, guided by the voice of the American dream The Balladeer and the voice of dissatisfaction and violent dcript The Propr Few musicals are as chilling as this one. As Booth dictates, blaming Lincoln for the Civil War and for destroying the South, the Balladeer interjects that Booth’s motives really had more to do with his personal problems.

Each of the 9 Assassins has a weapon, and Lee Harvey Oswald actually has two – the rifle he uses to shoot JFK, and the pistol that he is planning to kill himself with at the top of Scene He can justify their actions and secure for them all a place in history.


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Growing completely unhinged, he records a message addressed to Richard Nixoncomplaining about contemporary American life, how the American public is constantly lied to, and announces that killing him is the only solution. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

May 20, Dave rated it really liked it. Given the choice, go with actors who sing rather than singers who act. According to the Los Angeles Times”The show has been sold out since previews began, reflecting the strong appeal of Sondheim’s work among the theater crowd.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We do not make servants of each other. As far as where to get them, you basically have two choices. Calling themselves his family, the assassins sing, imploring Oswald to act.

Can she get it out of a robe pocket quickly to try assassins shoot Ford? Concert Selections for Assassins Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances.