Classic Stage Company’s planned revival of the Assassins was subverted during pandemic rehearsals. John Doyle announced his farewell season, which also includes new plays by Marcus Gadley and Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig. The plan will return in November 2021. A year later, the newly announced musical “A Man of No Importance” will be staged off-Broadway.
Both works will be staged by art director John Doyle. He revealed that he will leave the company he has been leading since 2016 at the end of the season.
Sondheim and Weidman
It is expected that Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman will have the same cast of Tony Award-winning Assassins as before the lockout. This includes Adam Chanler-Bellat, Eddie Cooper, Tavi Gavinson, Brad Jova Nin, Andy Grotlushin, Bianca Horn, Judy Kuhn, Whit K Lee, Rob Morrison, Steven Pasquale, Ethan Slater, and more!
The cast of Lynn Allens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally’s “A Man of No Importance” will premiere in the fall of 2022. The new season will also include two New York premieres. One is Marcus Gadley’s Black Odyssey, a reimagining of the Odysseus legend set in modern Harlem. It will be hosted by Stevie Walker-Weber in the winter of 2022 Directed and Francis Ya-Chukovic. The show is adapted from Guan Hang’s “Fighting the World”. It will be directed by Zi Ali Khan in the spring of 2022.
Further details about each production will be revealed in the coming months.
Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. It’s based on the original concept of Charles Gilbert Jr. The semi-satiric drama uses the framed installation of a national but insidious carnival game. It depicts a group of historical figures trying (successfully or not) to assassinate the President of the United States. The show explores what their presence in the history of the United States shows about their country’s ideal. The way the score is written not only reflects the popular music of each depicting era but also reflects the broader “patriotic” American music tradition.
The musical was released on Off-Broadway in 1990 and received many negative reviews of mixed praise and criticism. A total of 73 performances were performed. In 2004, the show was produced on Broadway and was widely acclaimed and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival Award. We can’t wait for the Assassins revival at the Classic Stage.
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