Two months before its Broadway opening, the musical “Assassins” is the first casualty of the new legit season.
In the wake of terrorist attacks in the U.S., the Roundabout Theater Co. has postponed its production of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical about presidential assassins.
The two authors issued the following joint statement: ” ‘Assassins’ is a show which asks audiences to think critically about various aspects of the American experience. In light of Tuesday’s murderous assault on our nation and on the most fundamental things in which we all believe, we, the Roundabout, and director Joe Mantello believe this is not an appropriate time to present a show which makes such a demand.”
From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, the show portrays several presidential assassins. In one highlight from the show, potential killer Samuel Byck exults, “I’m gonna drop a 747 on the White House and incinerate Dick Nixon. It’s gonna make the news. You’re gonna hear about it.”
First presented at Playwrights Horizons in January 1991, “Assassins” was to begin performances at the Music Box Theater on Nov. 1. Although the show has enjoyed dozens of regional and foreign productions over the past decade, it has never been produced on Broadway.
Rehearsals were to begin next week.