Assassins

Assassins
Our nation's most notorious assassins gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream.

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Assassins requires skilled singers who are also versatile actors. This is an ideal choice for mature audiences and will challenge your designers as they try to recreate famous moments and people in America's history.

Concert Selections for Assassins

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • BALLAD OF BOOTH
    From
    ASSASSINS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    E
    Estimated duration
    12 min 4 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    MICHAEL STAROBIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet), 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Bass, 1 Guitar 1, 2 Percussion, 1 Guitar 2, 1 Full score, 3 Piano Conductor, 1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2
  • EVERYBODY'S GOT THE RIGHT
    From
    ASSASSINS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    CHORUS (FEATURED SOLOS)
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    10 min 1 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    STAROBIN, MICHAEL
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet), 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Bass, 2 Percussion, 1 Guitar, 2 PC, 1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2, 1 Full score, 15 Chorus books
  • GUN SONG, THE
    From
    ASSASSINS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    7 min 27 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    MICHAEL STAROBIN
    Instrumentation
    2 Reed I (Clarinet, Flute), 3 Reed II (English Horn, Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Sax, 2 Reed III (Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax), 2 Reed IV (Bassoon, Clarinet), 1 Horn, 2 Trumpets (1 Trumpet, 1 Flugelhorn), 1 Euphonium, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Keyboard 1/Conductor, 2 Keyboards (Synth), 1 Bass, 4 Piano-Vocal Scores, 1 Full Score.
  • UNWORTHY OF YOUR LOVE
    From
    ASSASSINS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Orchestrated by
    Michael Starobin
    Instrumentation
    Reed 1 (Flute, Soprano Sax, Clarinet), Reed 2 (Alto Sax), Reed 3 (Flute, Tenor Sax), Reed 4 (Baritone Sax, Bassoon), 1 Horn, 1 Trumpet/Flugelhorn, 1 Trombone, 1 Guitar, (2) Percussion, 2 Keyboards (Synth), 1 Fender Bass. 1 Full Score, 2 Piano-Conductor Scores.
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June 09, 2016

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I am thinking of doing this show with my high school students for our end of the year musical. Can you give me some more information as to why it is rated R?
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