One of the most politically daring musicals to play on Broadway, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins shocked many with its vaudevillian depiction of the men and women driven to the ultimate expression of disapproval with their elected head of state.
Assassins brings to the stage nine men and women who have attempted (and in four cases succeeded) to kill a President of the United States. Among them are John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, Charles Guiteau, the assassin of James Garfield, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a Charles Manson acolyte who failed in an attempt to shoot Gerald Ford in 1975, and Samuel Byck, whose mission to hijack a plane and crash it into the Nixon Whitehouse ended in a bloody siege at Baltimore Airport in 1974.
David Campbell returns to play the charismatic John Wilkes Booth in this Sydney Opera House revival of a production first seen at the Hayes Theatre in 2017. Also continuing their roles from that production are Connor Crawford, Hannah Fredericksen, Kate Cole, Bobby Fox, Jason Winston, Rob McDougall and Maxwell Simon.
Anthony Gooley (Calamity Jane) and Madeleine Jones (Muriel’s Wedding) join the cast to play the roles of Byck and the anarchist Emma Goldman, respectively.
Luigi Lucente, most recently seen on Sydney stages in Muriel’s Wedding, takes over the role of Giuseppe Zangara, the Italian-American labourer executed in 1933 for his attempt on the life of Franklin D Roosevelt.
Read Jason Blake’s review of the 2018 revival here.