Musical (1990)

Musique: Stephen Sondheim
Paroles: Stephen Sondheim
Livret: John Weidman
Production à la création:

The anachronistic show explores the lives of the nine presidential assassins and would-be assassins, weaving together fictional scenes where the characters interact among each other with real-life events.
The musical uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted (successfully or otherwise) to assassinate Presidents of the United States. The music varies to reflect the popular music of the eras depicted.

Les auteurs évoquent les hommes et les femmes qui ont assassiné (ou tenté d'assassiner) un président des États-Unis. La musique s'adapte aux styles musicaux des différentes époques évoquées. Les assassins sont: Leon Czolgosz (1873 – 1901) : assassin de William McKinley (1843 – 1901) / John Hinckley (né en 1955) : tentative d'assassinat sur Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) le 30 mars 1981 / Charles Guiteau (1841 – 1882) : assassin de James Garfield (1831 – 1881) / Giuseppe Zangara (1900 – 1933) : tentative d'assassinat sur Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) le 15 février 1933 / Samuel Byck (1930 – 1974) : tentative d'assassinat sur Richard Nixon (1913 – 1994) le 22 février 1974 / Lynette Fromme (née en 1948) : tentative d'assassinat sur Gerald Ford (1913 – 2006) le 5 septembre 1975. / Sara Jane Moore (née en 1930) : tentative d'assassinat sur Gerald Ford le 22 septembre 1975. / John Wilkes Booth (1838 – 1865) : assassin d'Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

The play opens in a fairground shooting gallery where, amid flashing lights, human figures trundle past on a conveyor belt. One by one, a collection of misfits enter the stage, where the Proprietor of the game entices them to play, promising that their problems will be solved by killing a President. Everybody’s Got the Right). Leon Czolgosz, John Hinckley, Charles Guiteau, Giuseppe Zangara, Samuel Byck, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, and Sara Jane Moore are given their guns one by one. John Wilkes Booth enters last and The Proprietor introduces him to the others as their pioneer before he begins distributing ammunition. The assassins take aim as "Hail to the Chief" heralds Abraham Lincoln's offstage arrival. Booth excuses himself, a shot rings out and Booth shouts, "Sic semper tyrannis!"
The Balladeer, a personification of the American Dream, appears and begins to tell John Wilkes Booth's story The Ballad of Booth. The scene changes to Richard H. Garrett's barn in 1865. Booth, mud-stained and with a broken leg, is attempting to write his reasons for killing Lincoln in his diary but cannot hold the pen. He forces his associate David Herold to write for him at gunpoint. 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. When a Union soldier calls for Booth's surrender, Herold abandons him and surrenders. In desperation, Booth throws the Balladeer his diary so that he can tell his story to the world. The Balladeer reads out Booth’s justifications, and Booth laments that the act for which he has given up his life will not be enough to heal the country. As the Union soldiers set fire to the barn, Booth commits suicide and the Balladeer concludes that Booth was a madman whose treacherous legacy only served as inspiration for other madmen like him to damage the country. The Balladeer rips Booth's rationale from his diary and burns the pages.
The male Assassins gather in a bar. Guiteau toasts to the Presidency of the United States, speaking of his ambition to become Ambassador to France. Zangara complains about his stomach pains and Booth suggests fixing them by shooting Franklin Roosevelt. Hinckley accidentally breaks a bottle and Czolgosz flies into a rage, describing the horrors he sees in the bottle factory he works in, and how many men die or are injured just to make a bottle like the one Hinckley has just broken. After a brief argument between Czolgosz and Guiteau about the reality and context of the American Dream, Czolgosz grabs a bottle and barely stops himself from throwing it across the room. Booth urges Czolgosz to take control of his fate by breaking a bottle himself, but Czolgosz cannot.
A radio broadcast, narrated by the Proprietor, describes Zangara's failed attempt to assassinate Roosevelt. He misses Roosevelt and accidentally kills Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak instead. Five Bystanders are interviewed in turn, telling the audience their personal versions of the event; each is convinced that he or she personally saved the President How I Saved Roosevelt. From an electric chair Zangara sings his refusal to be afraid and that he hadn't cared who he killed as long as it was one of the men who control the money. Peeved that as an "American Nothing" he has no photographers at his execution, Zangara is electrocuted as the Bystanders preen for the cameras.
American anarchist leader Emma Goldman gives a lecture from offstage as Leon Czolgosz listens, enraptured. He introduces himself to her and declares his love but she tells him to redirect his passion to the fight for social justice. As she prepares to leave, Czolgosz offers to carry her bag, to which Goldman protests by saying, "They make us servants, Leon. We do not make servants of each other". However Czolgosz, in his first display of assertiveness, still insists.
Fromme and Moore meet on a park bench and share a joint. Fromme speaks of the apocalyptic preachings of mass murderer Charles Manson, remembering how they met and declaring herself his lover and slave. Juggling her purse, a can of Tab and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Moore claims she is an informant for the FBI (or used to be), has been a CPA, and had five husbands and three children. They connect over their shared hatred of their fathers, and using Colonel Sanders as a graven image, they give the bucket of chicken the evil eye and then shoot it to pieces while laughing hysterically. Moore realizes that she had known Manson in High School and the scene ends as the women scream in delight over their memories of the charismatic killer.
Czolgosz reflects on how many men die in the mines, the steel mills and the factories just to make a gun. Booth, Guiteau and Moore enter one by one and join him in a barbershop quartet in which they honor a single gun's power to change the world The Gun Song. Czolgosz decides his gun will claim one more victim: the President.
Czolgosz arrives at the 1901 Pan American Exposition and sees that McKinley is shaking visitors' hands in the Temple of Music Pavilion. The Balladeer sings "The Ballad of Czolgosz" as Czolgosz joins the receiving line and upon reaching McKinley, he shoots him.
Samuel Byck sits on a park bench in a dirty Santa suit with a picket sign and a shopping bag. 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 that he is going to change things by crashing a 747 into the White House and killing Richard Nixon. Then he accuses Bernstein of ignoring him, just like the other celebrities he has recorded tapes for, such as Hank Aaron and Jonas Salk. After flying into an expletive-laden rage, Byck stands up on the bench and angrily sings the chorus to West Side Story's song "America" before storming off-stage.
John Hinckley sits in his rumpus room, aimlessly playing a guitar. Lynette Fromme enters and tries to convince him to play her a song (asking for "Helter Skelter, but he refuses. Fromme notices a picture of Jodie Foster, who Hinckley claims is his girlfriend. When Fromme realizes the picture is a publicity photo from a film, she pulls out of a picture of Charles Manson and mocks Hinckley for being in love with a woman he's never met, which makes him throw her out in a fit of rage. Alone, he swears that he will win Foster's love "with one brave, historic act" and sings a love song to her while Fromme individually does the same to Manson Unworthy Of Your Love. An image of Ronald Reagan appears on a wall in the back of the stage and an enraged Hinckley shoots it over and over again but the picture keeps reappearing. The Proprietor mocks Hinckley by quoting Reagan's famous quips about the assassination as Hinckley fires and fires, missing each time.
Back at the Proprietor's shooting range, Charles Guiteau flirts with Sara Jane Moore while giving her marksmanship tips before trying to kiss her. When she rebuffs him he becomes suddenly enraged and proclaims that he is extraordinary and will be the next Ambassador to France. The scene changes to a train station where Guiteau goes to meet James Garfield. He asks to be made Ambassador to France but Garfield mockingly refuses, prompting Guiteau to shoot him.
Guiteau is arrested and sent to the gallows, where he recites a poem he wrote that morning titled "I Am Going To The Lordy". When Guiteau finishes the Balladeer enters and sings about Guiteau's trial and sentencing while Guiteau merrily cakewalks up to the noose, getting more and more desperately optimistic with each verse. Guiteau joins the Balladeer and the two sing together about Guiteau's optimism before he is finally hanged The Ballad of Guiteau.
Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore prepare to assassinate Gerald Ford. Moore has brought along her nine-year-old son and her dog (which she accidentally shoots), which causes an argument between the two women, who briefly turn on each other. Moore accidentally spills her gun's bullets just as President Ford enters the stage. Not recognizing him at first, the two women allow him to help them but upon discovering who he is, Fromme tries to shoot him but her gun gets jammed. Having no other resource left, Moore and Fromme try to throw their bullets at Ford, shouting "bang" as they do so.
Samuel Byck is on his way to the airport to hijack a plane, which he plans to crash dive into the White House. He records a message addressed to Richard Nixon, complaining about contemporary American life, how the American public is constantly lied to and announces that killing him is the only solution.
The assassins congregate in the Proprietor's shooting range once again and enumerate their reasons for taking action. Led by Byck, they lament that they haven't gotten the rewards they were "promised". The Balladeer tells them that their actions didn't solve their problems or the country's and that if they want their prizes they must follow the American Dream. The assassins realize that they will never get their prizes, that no one will ever care if they live or die, and briefly sink into absolute desperation before Byck coaxes them into not giving up and then leads them into a performance of "Another National Anthem", a song to be sung by all Americans dispossessed by the dream. The Balladeer attempts to convince them to be optimistic and seek other ways to be happy but the Anthem grows louder and louder until the assassins force the Balladeer offstage.
The scene changes to a storeroom on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Lee Harvey Oswald appears (in newer productions, Oswald is played by the Balladeer in a different costume, usually a white t-shirt and jeans), preparing to kill himself, but he is interrupted by Booth. Surprising Oswald with intimate knowledge about his life, Booth slowly and carefully attempts to convince him to not become his own victim and to instead assassinate John F. Kennedy. Summoning the other assassins from the shadows, Booth tells Oswald that by joining them he will finally make a difference, but Oswald refuses. Booth tells him that in the future, when Hinckley’s room is searched, Oswald's biographies will be found. Summoning the voices of Arthur Bremer, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray, Booth tells Oswald that the key to the future is in his hands. Oswald tries to leave, but Zangara addresses him passionately in Italian, a speech translated by the other assassins, imploring him to act so their own acts can come alive again. They tell him that he has the power to cause worldwide grief and inspire global passion about himself, a man the world has never cared or heard about. Calling themselves his family, the assassins sing, imploring Oswald to act as he crouches at the window and shoots November 22, 1963.
After the assassinations, a group of citizens recount what they were doing when they heard that the President had been killed and lament that even though only a single man died, the nation has changed forever Something Just Broke.
The assassins regroup once more at the shooting range, now with Oswald among their ranks, and they proudly restate their motto, "everybody's got the right to be happy", before loading their guns and opening fire on the audience Everybody's Got The Right (Reprise).

En s'attardant sur le caractère des hommes qui ont tenté et parfois réussi à assassiner les présidents des Etats-Unis, que l'on peut retrouver en analysant leur vie quotidienne, "Assassins" nous invite à considérer leur motivation." Sondheim affronte la douleur dans le but de tenter de cautériser la déchéance et de guérir la maladie qui se dissimule au coeur de la société américaine." Loin de l'humanisme de sa comédie musicale précédente, "Into the woods", Sondheim suggère que les assassins politiques sont le résultat de la culture politique américaine (Joanne Gordon).

As a panelist at producer Stuart Ostrow's Musical Theater Lab, Sondheim read a script by playwright Charles Gilbert. Sondheim asked Gilbert for permission to use his idea. Gilbert consented and offered to write the book; but Sondheim declined, having already had collaborator John Weidman in mind. Weidman had written the book for Pacific Overtures and would work with Sondheim again on Road Show.
Assassins opened Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on December 18, 1990, and closed on February 16, 1991 after 73 performances. Directed by Jerry Zaks the cast included Victor Garber, Terrence Mann, Patrick Cassidy, Debra Monk, Greg Germann, and Annie Golden. 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." Frank Rich in his New York Times review wrote "Assassins will have to fire with sharper aim and fewer blanks if it is to shoot to kill."
On October 29, 1992, Assassins opened in London at the Donmar Warehouse with direction by Sam Mendes and a cast that included Henry Goodman as Charles Guiteau and Louise Gold as Sara Jane Moore. The show ran for 76 performances, closing on January 9, 1993.
Roundabout Theater Company's Broadway production was originally scheduled for 2001 but was postponed to April 22, 2004, because the content was sensitive in light of the events of September 11, 2001. After 101 performances at Studio 54, Assassins closed on July 18, 2004. Directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Jonathan Butterell, Neil Patrick Harris starred in the roles of The Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald, with Marc Kudisch in an extended role as The Proprietor. Michael Cerveris played John Wilkes Booth, for which he received a Tony Award. The 2004 production was noted for a coup de théâtre: the Zapruder film of the death of John F. Kennedy projected onto Lee Harvey Oswald's t-shirt.
Other professional productions have included a 2006 production at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, a 2008 production which ran from January 23 to February 2, 2008, at the Landor Theatre, London, and a production at the Union Theatre in Southwark, London, in July 2010. The South African premiere opened in December 2008 as the inaugural production of the NewSpace Theatre in Cape Town. This production was directed by Fred Abrahamse with a South African cast including Marcel Meyer as John Wilkes Booth, Riaan Norval as Lee Harvey Oswald, David Dennis as Charles J. Guiteau and Anthea Thompson as Sara Jane Moore. The Los Angeles premiere opened in 1994 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and included Patrick Cassidy (the original Balladeer) playing Booth, and Alan Safier as Guiteau. A 2010 production in Toronto by BirdLand Theatre and Talk is Free Theatre won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Musical Theatre Division.

"Everybody's Got The Right" – Proprietor and Assassins (save Oswald)
"The Ballad of Booth" – Balladeer and Booth
"How I Saved Roosevelt" – Zangara, Proprietor and Ensemble
"The Gun Song" – Czolgosz, Booth, Guiteau and Moore
"The Ballad of Czolgosz" – Balladeer and Ensemble
"Unworthy of Your Love" – Hinckley and Fromme
"The Ballad of Guiteau" – Guiteau and Balladeer
"Another National Anthem" – Balladeer and Assassins (save for Oswald)+
"November 22, 1963" – Assassins
"Something Just Broke" – Ensemble ++
"Everybody's Got The Right" (Reprise) – Assassins

+ In most productions, the lead part among the Assassins for "Another National Anthem" is sung by Byck. However, in the 2004 Broadway production the lead is played by the Proprietor.
++ Added for the 1992 London production

JOHN WILKES BOOTH - An actor and passionate champion of the South during the Civil War.
GIUSEPPE ZANGARA - A short (under five feet) immigrant who failed to kill Franklin Roosevelt because he had to stand on a chair and it wobbled.
LEON CZOLGOSZ - The son of Polish immigrants, a worker in a glass factory and supporter of anarchist groups.
JOHN HINCKLEY - A man who shot President Reagan and three others to impress a girl he'd never met.
CHARLES GUITEAU - A Republican who wrote a campaign speech for President Garfield and ended up shooting him to promote the sales of his book.
SARA JANE MOORE - A five-times married FBI informer who tried to kill President Ford to re-establish her radical credentials.
LYNETTE "SQUEAKY FROMME - A member of the "family" of disciples of the mass murderer Charles Manson, who pulled a gun on President Ford so she could call Charlie as a witness.
SAMUEL BYCK - An unemployed loner who picketed the White House on Christmas Eve dressed as Santa Claus and died trying to implement his assassination plan at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD - A stock boy in the Texas School Book Depository.
THE BALLADEER - A singing witness to national catastrophe.
THE PROPRIETOR - The insinuating barker of a fairground shooting gallery.
DAVID HEROLD - Booth's accomplice.
EMMA GOLDMAN - An anarchist celebrity.
GERALD FORD - Briefly President of the United States, 1974-1977.
JAMES GARFIELD - President of the United States, briefly, in 1881.

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Version 1

Assassins (1990-12-Playwrights Horizons-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Playwrights Horizons (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre : 73 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 18 December 1990
Dernière: 16 February 1991
Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks
Chorégraphie : Paul Gemignani
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: Avec Victor Garber, Terrence Mann, Lee Wilkof, Patrick Cassidy, Debra Monk, Greg Germann, and Annie Golden. Toute la série s'est jouée sold out…. Il faut dire que la salle est très petite (moins de deux cent places).
1991 Drama League Award: Distinguished Achievement in a Musical, Stephen Sondheim

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Assassins (1992-08-Gunston Arts Center-Arlington)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Gunston Arts Center - Theatre Two (Arlington - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 20 August 1992
Dernière: 03 October 1992
Mise en scène : Eric Schaeffer
Chorégraphie : Eric Schaeffer
Producteur :
Star(s) :

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Assassins (1992-10-Donmar Warehouse-London)

Type de série: Original Europe
Théâtre: Donmar Warehouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 76 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 29 October 1992
Dernière: 09 January 1993
Mise en scène : Sam Mendes
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Paul Bentley (Proprietor), Jack Ellis (Leon Czolgosz), Michael Cantwell (John Hinckley), Henry Goodman (Charles Guiteau), Paul Harrhy (Giuseppe Zangara), Ciaran Hinds (Samuel Byck), Cathryn Bradshaw (Squeaky Fromme), Louise Gold (Sara Jane Moore), David Firth (John Wilkes Booth), Sue Kelvin (Emma Goldman), Anthony Barclay (Balladeer), Gareth Snook (Lee Harvey Oswald)
Commentaires : C'est avec ce spectacle que Sam Mendes a commencé son rôle, exceptionnel, de directeur artistique au Donmar Warehouse. Il a fait ressortir le côté humour noir et brillant de l'œuvre et l'a ainsi sauvée de l'opprobe critique qui l'avait accablée lors de la créatiojn américaine. La chanson "Something Just Broke" a été ajoutée dans cette production.
The original workshop production took place off-Broadway in January 1991 to a limited sold-out run, greeted variously as “a lethally brilliant musical” and “an aimless project”, but generally regarded as a bit of a flop. The London version was only slightly re-written and included an extra song - “Something Just Broke”.
It, too, was a total sell out, but this time received almost nothing but praise, and won the Critics Circle London Drama Award as the Best Musical.

>1992 Critics' Circle Award: Best New Musical
> 1993 Laurence Oliver Award: Best Actor in a Musical (Henry Goodman)
> 1993 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best Director of a Musical (Sam Mendes)
> 1993 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best New Musical (Assassins)

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Assassins (1993-10-Library Theatre-Manchester)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Library Theatre (Manchester - Angleterre)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 01 October 1993
Dernière: 30 October 1993
Mise en scène : Charles Miller
Chorégraphie : David Needham
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: Avec Glenn Hugill (Leon Czolgosz) / Demetri Goritsas (John Hinckley) / Peter Benson (Charles Guiteau) / Ray Mangion (Guiseppe Zangara) / David Fleeshman (Samuel Byck) / Alexandra Sumner (Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme) / Jill Martin (Sarah Jane Moore) / Julie Jupp (Emma Goldman) / David Arneil (Lee Harvey Oswald) / Anthony O'Driscoll (The Balladeer)

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Assassins (1997-07-New End Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New End Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 10 July 1997
Première: 10 July 1997
Dernière: 03 August 1997
Mise en scène : Sam Buntrock
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Stephen Watts (Proprietor), Mark Davidson (Leon Czolgosz), Andrew Newey (John Hinckley), Peter Straker (Charles Guiteau), Adrian Beaumont (Giuseppe Zangara), Nigel Williams (Samuel Byck), Fiona Dunn (Squeaky Fromme), Sharon Eckman (Sara Jane Moore), Garth Bardsley (John Wilkes Booth), Paul Keating (Balladeer), Tom Rogers (Lee Harvey Oswald)
Commentaires : This performance in the tiny New End Theatre was much praised, with, again, acclaim for Paul Keating (previously seen in “Tommy”). The critics all felt that Sondheim shows seem to work so much better in smaller, fringe-type stagings.

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Assassins (2000-09-Landor Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Landor Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 07 September 2000
Première: 07 September 2000
Dernière: 14 October 2000
Mise en scène : William Chappell
Chorégraphie : Darren Royston
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Paul Brereton (Leon Czolgosz), Craig Adams (John Hinckley), Nick Barnes (Charles Guiteau), Nick Stoter (Giuseppe Zangara), David Bradshawe (Samuel Byck), Lorraine Graham (Squeaky Fromme), Dian Perry (Sara Jane Moore), Cade Siemers (John Wilkes Booth), Samuel Board (Balladeer), Lara Hazell, Isaac Davis

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Assassins (2004-04-Studio 54-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Studio 54 (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre : 26 previews - 101 représentations
Première Preview : 31 March 2004
Première: 22 April 2004
Dernière: 18 July 2004
Mise en scène : Joe Mantello
Chorégraphie : Aucun
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: La version mise en scène par Joe Mantello à Broadway avait été programmée en 2001 mais a été postposée de trois ans suite aux attaques terroristes du 11 septembre 2001.
Dans cette production, de nombreux changements ont été introduits par rapport aux deux grandes version précédentes (Broadway 19000 et Londres 1992).
Presse : BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says “A very impressive achievement.” CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says “There's more ironic style here than theatrical substance.” HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says “A show both repellent and riveting.” ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says “Squalid splendor.” FRANK SCHECK of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Demands to be seen." MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "Extremely thoughtful fun." MICHAEL KUCHWARA of Associated Press says "Stunning, gut-punch of a musical ."

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Assassins (2008-01-Landor Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Landor Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 23 January 2008
Dernière: 02 February 2008
Mise en scène : Ben Carrick
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Star(s) :

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Assassins (2010-06-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 30 June 2010
Dernière: 24 July 2010
Mise en scène : Michael Strassen
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Adam Jarrell (Leon Czolgosz), Paul Callen (John Hinckley), John Barr (Charles Guiteau), Joe Alessi (Giuseppe Zangara), Nick Holder (Samuel Byck), Alison Larnder (Squeaky Fromme), Leigh McDonald (Sara Jane Moore ), Glyn Kerslake (John Wilkes Booth), Nolan Frederick (Balladeer ), Lisa Stoke (Emma Goldman), Marc Joseph (Lee Harvey Oswald), Davis Brooks, Neil Canfer, Anthony Delaney, Hannah Bingham, Holly Easterbrook

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Assassins (2014-12-Menier Chocolate Factory-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Menier Chocolate Factory (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 21 November 2014
Première: 01 December 2014
Dernière: 07 March 2015
Mise en scène : Jamie Lloyd
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Aaron Tveit (Booth), Stewart Clarke (Giuseppe Zangara), Harry Morrison (John Hinckley), Jamie Parker (Lee Harvey Oswold/The Balladeer), Carly Bawden (Squeaky Fromme), Simon Lipkin (The Proprietor), Mike McShane (Samuel Byck), Andy Nyman (Charles Guiteau), David Roberts (Leon Czolgosz) and Catherine Tate (Sara Jane Moore from 21 November to 8 February only), Marc Akinfolarin, Greg Miller Burns and Melle Stewart (Bystanders).
Presse : "Amid a terrific ensemble, Catherine Tate adds welcome levity as the spaced-out Sara Jane Moore...The diminutive Andy Nyman twinkles with mischief as the irrepressible Guiteau...and as Samuel Byck...Mike McShane strikes the perfect anti-festive note of crabby, scary discontent, a quite unforgettable sight in his soiled Santa outfit." Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"This revival, played without an interval, is fleet, but Sondheim’s revue format can feel scrappy, and necessarily often lacks depth; not all characters convince or are fully explored. But this is crackling production is certainly more hit than miss." Holly Williams for The Independent

"In Lloyd’s interpretation, on a set by Soutra Gilmour that resembles the fairground in a horror film, it feels thrilling." Henry Hitchings for the Evening Standard

"Jamie Parker sings soulfully as the Balladeer; Aaron Tveit makes an indignant, composed Booth. This being the Menier, the show is staged with elan and the music is tightly played." Quentin Letts for the Daily Mail

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