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“Assassins” is a provocative musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman. The narrative delves into the lives of nine individuals who either attempted or succeeded in assassinating Presidents of the United States. Framed within the darkly surreal confines of a timeless carnival shooting gallery, the musical explores the motivations and inner turmoil of figures such as John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Each character is united by their disillusionment and desire for recognition, which they seek through the extreme act of assassination. The show intertwines history with a hauntingly satirical edge, challenging audiences to reflect on the darker aspects of the American Dream and the price of infamy.

“Assassins” is unique in its blend of musical styles and theatrical pacing, with each assassin’s story marked by songs that reflect their era and psyche. The musical does not follow a linear narrative but rather a series of interconnected vignettes that culminate in a chilling confrontation between Lee Harvey Oswald and his predecessors, urging him to join their ranks in historical infamy. Throughout, “Assassins” examines themes of celebrity, mental health, and political discontent, offering a mirror to the societal pressures that can drive individuals to desperate acts. With its bold, thought-provoking content and Sondheim’s complex score, “Assassins” remains a compelling work that pushes the boundaries of traditional musical theatre.



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