Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Stephen Sondheim’s All-Star Off Broadway “Assassins” Assassinated by COVID, Show Closes Early


That’s it for the off Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins.”

The musical about famous assassins has been killed early thanks to COVID. They announced on Twitter that the party was over. What a shame.

John Doyle was the director. The cast featured such well known Broadway names as Tavi Gevinson as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Judy Kuhn as Sara Jane Moore, Steven Pasquale as John Wilkes Booth, Ethan Slater as Lee Harvey Oswald/The Balladeer, Will Swenson as Charles Guiteau, Brandon Uranowitz as Leon Czolgosz. All of the roles played, and a few others, attempted to kill different US presidents.

“Assassins” was playing at the Classic Stage Company and had opened on November 14th. Lesson learned: if a show starts performances, and you’re interested in seeing it, go right away. This is the winter of our discontent!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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