Join ACT and 5th Avenue Theatre for their sixth annual musical theatre collaboration! Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins opens this Saturday, February 27, and is the perfect combination of the two companies; ACT’s propensity for lesser-known works and 5th Ave’s stunning production value are sure to come together in a big way.
These two theaters attract different audiences, and the partnership seeks to acquaint theater-goers with new shows and give the companies a chance to pool their resources into an innovative production. The show will be directed by new ACT Artistic Director John Langs, in his first collaboration with 5th Ave.
A tale of would-be or successful presidential assassins, the show promises to deliver the musical genius and dark comedy that Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George) embodies so well. From the website:
Welcome to the carnival, where everybody has the right to be happy! In this tawdry carnival’s shooting gallery, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the most notorious figures in American history—the assassins who tried (and in some cases succeeded) to kill the president. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, John Hinkley, and others reveal the stories of their troubled lives and deadly deeds. Created by one of the undisputed masters of musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim, this powerful work is by turns funny, dark, and haunting.
ACT & 5th Ave Present: Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins
When: February 27-May 8. Showtimes vary.
Where: ACT’s Falls Theatre (700 Union St.)