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Assassins (musical)
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Assassins (musical)

Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman and was based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr It uses a revue-like style to examine the men and women who have attempted and/or succeeded in assassinating a U.S. President. The style of the music varies widely, reflecting the different styles of music popular at the times of the events depicted.

Assassins opened off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on January 27, 1991, and played 71 performances. The cast included Victor Garber, Terrance Mann, Patrick Cassidy, Debra Monk, and Annie Golden. The musical was supposed to have its first Broadway production in 2001, but the show was postponed after the events of September 11, 2001. The Roundabout Theatre Company opened the show on Broadway at Studio 54, which ran for a short time before closing on July 18, 2004. The performance stars Neil Patrick Harris, who is best known for his title role in the television series Doogie Howser, M.D. The production won 4 Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Musical Revival, Best Lighting Design, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Michael Ceveris.


Musical Numbers

In the London 2002 production (and since) the number "Something Just Broke" has been inserted before the Finale.

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