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Author: Sondheim, Stephen
\"NOTHING QUITE PREPARES YOUR FOR THE DISTURBING BRILLIANCE OF ASSASSINS.\" David Richards, The New York Times
\"DARK, DEMENTED HUMOR, AS HORRIFYING AS IT IS HILARIOUS.\" Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
\"INTELLIGENT AND THRILLING MUSICAL THEATRE DAZZLING IN ITS ORIGINALITY.\" Ken Mandelbaum, Theatreweek
Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking achievements in musical theatre attain a new level of audacity and accomplishment in his latest creation, ASSASSINS. Evoking a fraternity of Presidential assassins and would-be assassins across a hundred years of our history (including John Wilkes Booth, Lynette \"Squeaky\" Frkomme, John Hinckley and Lee Harvey Oswald), he and collaborator John Weidman examine success, failure and the questionable drive for power and celebrity in American society. The result is an unusually imaginative and utterly idiosyncratic entertainment compounded equally of insight, pleasure and provocation. ASSASSINS is an important and permanent addition to the American stage.
This play evokes a fraternity of political assassins and would-be assassins across a hundred years of history (including John Wilkes Booth, John Hinkley and Lee Harvey Oswald). The authors examine success, failure and the questionable drive for power and celebrity in American society. Stephen Sondheim has written both words and music for such shows as \"Company\", \"Follies\", \"A Little Night Music\", \"Sunday in the Park with George\", \"Into the Woods\", \"Pacific Overtures\" and \"Sweeney Todd\".
STEPHEN SONDHEIM wrote lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story and music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, among many others. His honors inculde five Tony awards, seven Drama Desk awards, an Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
JOHN WEIDMAN co-wrote the book for the recent Broadway revival of Anything Goes, A former editor of National Lampoon magazine and currently a writer for Public Television's Sesame Street, Mr. Weidman's first theatrical venture was another collaboration with
Stephen Sondheim, Pacific Overtures.
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 27/02/1992
Publishing status: OS Archived