Roundabout's Assassins Official for Broadway in March

News   Roundabout's Assassins Official for Broadway in March
The Roundabout Theatre Company has officially announced the upcoming staging of the John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins, slated to open in March 2004 at the non-profit's new Broadway home, Studio 54
Joe Mantello, director of Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Assassins.
Joe Mantello, director of Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Assassins.

Paul Gemignani (Into The Woods, Kiss Me, Kate) will serve as musical director to fellow Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) who will direct. The production will mark the musical's Broadway premiere.

The Weidman-Sondheim musical was slated to be revived for its Broadway premiere by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2001, but was postponed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Douglas Sills, Neil Patrick Harris, Denis O'Hare, Raul Esparza, John Dossett and Mario Cantone were the among the names set to star in the Roundabout revival. Casting for the Broadway run will be announced shortly.

The musical will be one of two works by the team of Sondheim and Weidman to be produced by the Roundabout. The company will also team up with Gorgeous Entertainment Inc. to present Pacific Overtures on Broadway in the Fall of 2004.

Assassins, which debuted at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in 1990, centers on nine presidential assassins and would-be assassins. The original cast featured Jace Alexander as Lee Harvey Oswald, Patrick Cassidy as Balladeer, Victor Garber as John Wilkes Booth, Greg Germann as John Hinckley, Anne Golden as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Lyn Greene as Emma Goldman, Jonathan Hadary as Charles Guiteau, Eddie Korbich as Guiseppe Zangara, Terrence Mann as Leon Czolgosz, Debra Monk as Sara Jane Moore and Lee Wilkof as Samuel Byck. The original Off-Broadway staging lasted 71 performances.

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