The long-awaited staging of the musical is set to begin previews March 26, 2004 at Roundabout's new musical home Studio 54 and open April 22, 2004. This production will mark the musical's Broadway premiere.
As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, Neil Patrick Harris (as Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald) will lead a cast that includes James Barbour (as Leon Czolgosz), Mario Cantone (as Samuel Byck), Michael Cerveris (as John Wilkes Booth), Alexander Gemignani (as John Hinkley), Marc Kudisch (as Proprietor), Jeffrey Kuhn (as Giuseppe Zangara). As expected, Becky Ann Baker (as Sara Jane Moore), Mary Catherine Garrison (as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme) and Denis O'Hare (as Charles Guiteau) — who were set to star in the production when slated for a 2001 Broadway berth — are also featured in the cast.
James Clow, Kendra Kassebaum, Ken Krugman, Anne Nathan, Brandon Wardell and Sally Wilfert will also play in the ensemble of the Roundabout presentation.
Jonathan Butterell (Nine) — who will provide musical staging — joins director Joe Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out ) and musical director Paul Gemignani (Into The Woods, Kiss Me, Kate). Michael Starobin will provide orchestrations.
The design team for Assassins includes Robert Brill (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher (lights) and Dan Moses Schrier (sound). Assassins, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons in 1990, centers on nine presidential assassins and would-be assassins. The anachronistic show explores the lives of the radicals, weaving together fictional scenes where the characters interact among each other with real-life events. Tickets will be made available Feb. 23, 2004 through (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org. The Studio 54 box office will open for Assassins March 5, 2004.