Plays and musicals have been written about some pretty strange topics. But a musical about presidential assassins? Sounds a little over the top, doesn?t it?
And yet if you caught the Tony Awards ceremony this summer, which honors the best of Broadway, you saw the musical Assassins win five awards, including one for Best Revival of a Musical.
The play by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim looks at the history of presidential assassinations, from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley, Jr. And it?s actually been around for some time. It started off-Broadway in 1990 and was scheduled to make its Broadway debut in the fall of 2001. But after September 11, the show?s producers realized that
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Drew Trotter, a critic and director of the Center for Christian Study in
Theater critic Mark Steyn wrote in his review of the show, ?As Big Ideas go, this one barely limps to the end of the first page of the script.? Steyn thinks that giving all these killers the same motivation is far too simplistic, and he has a good point, but there?s much more.
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