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Sondheim's "Assassins" to Play OCU March 6-8
The Tony Award-winning “Assassins,” with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, will take the stage at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music March 6-8.
“This is a great show, and it’s not done very often,” said director Jonathan Beck Reed. “Some people who aren’t familiar with the production think it might glorify the assassins, but that’s not true at all. It looks at the world they come from, which is the same world we inhabit.”
Performances in Burg Theater on the OCU campus are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee. All tickets are $10, available from 405.208.5227.
Beck will give a free director’s talk 45 minutes before curtain. Chuck Koslowske is the show’s music director.
The revue-style musical explores the history of presidential assassination, from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley, Jr., against a carnival backdrop. Tunes vary to reflect popular music of the eras depicted. The show culminates in a surreal sequence where the assassins convince Lee Harvey Oswald that his act is the only way to connect with them, with history, and with the world.
“Assassins” opened off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons Dec. 18, 1990, and won five Tony Awards in 2004, including best revival of a musical.