After Winning a Dora Award, Assassins Gets a Second Shot in Toronto Starting Jan. 6

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06 Jan 2011

Paul McQuillan
Paul McQuillan
Photo by Guntar Kravis

The 2010 Dora Award-winning production of Assassins, the Stephen Sondheim musical rumination on celebrity, obsession, political power and national grief — conjured through the stories of attempts to murder U.S. presidents — returns to Toronto Jan. 6 with members of its original cast, plus newcomers.

Birdland Theatre with Talk Is Free Theatre bring the Dora winner for Outstanding Production of a Musical back to The Theatre Centre. Adam Brazier directs the conceptual show that places assassins (or would-be assassins) of American presidents in a theatrical landscape. The libretto is by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Sondheim.

Returning is Dora-nominated Paul McQuillan as John Wilkes Booth, along with original cast members Graham Abbey, Jay Davis, Martin Julien, Steve Ross, Christopher Stanton, Jonathan Tan, Alicia Toner and Geoffrey Tyler. Janet Porter takes over the role of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. Joining them are Alex Fiddes as Czolgosz, Kevin Dennis as Zangara, Whitney Ross Barris as Emma Goldman and Lisa Horner as Sara Jane Moore.

Rounding out the artistic team are musical director Reza Jacobs, set designer Beth Kates and lighting designer Gareth Crew.

Performances play to Jan. 23. Assassins tickets are on sale through Arts Box Office by phone at (416) 504-7529 or online at www.artsboxoffice.ca. The Theatre Centre is at 100-1087 Queen Street West in Toronto.

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Birdland Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company founded in 2004 by artistic director Zorana Kydd. Talk Is Free Theatre is an artist-driven, award winning theatre company based in Barrie, ON. The company was founded in 2003 by artistic producer Arkady Spivak and has produced nearly 50 productions concentrating largely on new and neglected work.

For more information please visit www.birdlandtheatre.com or www.tift.ca.