Assassins: Stephen Sondheim's Killer Musical
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Told entirely through songs, Closer Than Ever has been described as a "bookless show musical." But don't let the lack of traditional dialogue trick you into thinking this musical, presented by the New Repertory Theatre, is lacking in story. The show's 24 self-contained songs -- with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. (Fosse, Miss Saigon) and music by David Shire (Big: the musical) -- deal with topics like aging, unrequited love, friendships and mid-life crises. The New York Times has actually celebrated the show as having, "one of the half-dozen finest American theater scores of the last decade." Inspired by real-life experiences and stories, Closer Than Ever won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and netted Drama Desk Award nominations for both Maltby and Shire. And its message to value the little things in life remains as meaningful today as ever. Learn More
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Featured review from Karen Pike
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My first visit to the Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts. Nice little theatre, which seats maybe 80 to 100. All seats good. This was the last performance. I thought the orchestra was too loud and a couple of the performers, especially "the proprietor", did not project enough. Otherwise I thought the performances were good. I didn't find the music of Assassins particularly memorable. I wasn't aware of one of the "assassins", Sam Byck. His performance was particularly excellent. When I got home I researched the assassins. Always wanted to see this play. Glad I went.
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Enjoyed the show in how it was presented and brought to its end. However, the gentleman playing John Wilkes Booth could not be heard most of the time from where I was sitting. I did enjoy the info that was listed on the pole outside the theater...continued
Assassins is a stunner.
Nominated for and awarded with every possible theatrical award both here and in Europe, the musical gathers together and examines the motivations of the men and women who assassinated or attempted to assassinate eight Presidents of the United States of America. They are a demented group of murderous misfits, torn in misery between their motives, their crimes and their world-wide bloodthirsty profiles. Fame has escaped them while history has imprisoned them in infamous frustration. They are obsessed, driven, mentally unbalanced and plagued with torment.
The musical is a comedy. The score borders on genius. The outcome is chilling.