McKinley assassin Leon Czolgosz will be played by Andy Neiman; would-be Reagan killer John Hinckley is portrayed by Eric Loscheider; Aric Martin plays Garfield assailant Charles Guiteau; the role of FDR menace Giuseppe Zangara will be filled by Jonathan Kay; the near feller of Nixon, Samuel Byck, is Kasey Mahaffy; Ford's two near assassins, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sara Jane Moore, are portrayed by Jill Michael and Megan Ofsowitz, respectively; John Wilkes Booth, who shot Lincoln, is essayed by Michael Baker; and JFK nemesis Lee Harvey Oswald is interpreted by Joe Jung. Also in the cast are Henry P. Cyr, Sarah Kauffman, Brad Kilgore, Michael McComiskey, Lessie B. Tyson and Meg Weider.
The revue like piece, which uses period musical styles to examine the psyches and fates of various successful and would-be Presidential assassins, debuted Off-Broadway in 1991 at Playwrights Horizons. A possible Broadway transfer was axed after the outbreak of the Gulf War rendered the piece inappropriate fare. A decade later, a planned Broadway revival of the piece by the Roundabout Theatre Company suffered a similar fate, as it was postponed in the wake of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
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