Take thirteen assassins and would-be assassins. They've all tried to kill presidents of the United States at one time or another, but only four succeeded. What do they have to say for themselves? Are they just a bunch of crazy people, nothing like ordinary folk? Do they have anything in common with one another, or are their actions completely random?
This fascinating musical reveals how they might be more like us than we'd like to think, have a lot in common with each other and could – just maybe – blame the legendary American Dream and the nation's unique political culture for their madness. It's quirky, strange and very funny... in a thoroughly disturbing way!
Sondheim fully expected the subject to be controversial. He even expected a public backlash. But quite the opposite occurred despite the show's moral volatility. At the end of the day this unusual piece inspires audiences to think carefully about the motivation behind the assassins' actions, confronting the unpleasant in an attempt to “cauterize the decay and heal the sicknesses which lurk at the core of our society"
Show tunes include The Ballad of Czolgosz, Unworthy of Your Love, The Ballad of Guiteau, Another National Anthem, November 22, 1963, Something Just Broke, Everybody's Got The Right and more. If you fancy a whistle-stop tour of the dark and often troubled minds of the USA's most notorious and outrageous political criminals, you'll simply adore it.
This production includes themes of violence, death and contains strong language.
Age guidance 16+