Building on Black Swan’s success in presenting contemporary musical works (Next to Normal, Clinton: The Musical), comes the multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins.
In a fairground, a rogue’s gallery of nine misfits gather. The Proprietor of the game entices them to play, promising that their problems will be solved by killing a President of the United States, with the song “Everybody’s Got the Right”. A revue-style portrayal follows of the many and varied ways that each of the men and women have committed (or attempted to commit) the ultimate crime. It is a highly entertaining diorama of America’s cult of celebrity through the ages and the means that some have used to obtain it.
Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd) is considered a ‘titan of musical theatre’. This work personifies his signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music, embracing a range of American musical traditions from the 1860s to the 1980s, from marches to spirituals, to folk and rock. Bold, original and alarmingly funny, Assassins is a timely reminder that those in power ignore the marginalised in society at their peril.
“… begins with an invitation to “C’mon and shoot a president” and then goes considerably further.” New York Times
A statement from Black Swan State Theatre Company:
In programming the 2018 season, over a year ago, we looked at works that engaged in social issues that are of importance to our community. The next pairing of shows is specifically about political violence driven by the disenfranchised (ASSASSINS) and the other about how people find a pathway to heal in the aftermath of a community tragedy (THE EVENTS). The reality of gun violence coming to pass so close to home is shocking and a deep tragedy. All our hearts and thoughts here at Black Swan go out to friends and family of those lost and their entire community.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc. – New York City produced ASSASSINS Oﬀ-Broadway in 1990. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.