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By Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559360388, 160 pages, January 1993


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” Fromme, 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.


“Dark, demented humor, as horrifying as it is hilarious.”

- Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“Nothing quite prepares you for the disturbing brilliance of Assassins.”

- David Richards, The New York Times

“Intelligent and thrilling musical theatre. Dazzling in its originality.”

- Ken Mandelbaum, Theaterweek