Assassins Shooting Gallery: Meet the Players and the Plotters
23 Nov 2012
James Barbour and Neil Patrick Harris in Assassins in 2004.
Photo by Joan Marcus
In anticipation of Roundabout Theatre Company's Dec. 3 Broadway reunion concert of the Tony Award-winning production of Assassins, Playbill revisits our exclusive look at the nine title characters — plus the fictional master of ceremonies — and the actors who portray them.
Learn more about the benefit reunion concert of the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical, which tells the stories of the men and women who killed (or tried to kill) presidents of the United States. The Roundabout revival played Studio 54 in 2004, and returns there for one night only.
The staging is again directed by Joe Mantello, who won a Tony for his work. In addition to winning Tonys for Michael Cerveris (Best Actor in a Musical, for playing John Wilkes Booth), Best Musical Revival, Best Orchestrations (Michael Starobin) and Lighting Design (Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer), Denis O'Hare was nominated as Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Charles Guiteau, killer of President Garfield.
A version of this piece appeared in 2004, during the Broadway run of Assassins. We thought it deserved a second look.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.