Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be part of Classic Stage Company’s Tell the Story: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, delivering remarks about the musical.
Directed by CSC’s Tony-winning Artistic Director John Doyle, the previously announced free virtual event, set for April 15 at 8 PM ET, will feature cast members of the original Off-Broadway company, the Broadway revival, and Doyle’s upcoming production, the first show CSC will stage when New York City theatres can reopen.
Participants will include the full cast of the upcoming CSC production—Adam Chanler-Berat, Eddie Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, Brad Giovanine, Andy Grotelueschen, Bianca Horn, Judy Kuhn, Whit K. Lee, Rob Morrison, Steven Pasquale, Ethan Slater, Will Swenson, Wesley Taylor, Brandon Uranowitz, and Katrina Yaukey—plus Patrick Cassidy, Victor Garber, Greg Germann, Annie Golden, Lyn Greene, Jonathan Hadary, Eddie Korbich, Terrence Mann, Debra Monk, William Parry, and Lee Wilkof from the 1990 world premiere at Playwrights Horizons and Becky Ann Baker, Mario Cantone, Michael Cerveris, Mary Catherine Garrison, Alexander Gemignani, Ken Krugman, Marc Kudisch, Anne L. Nathan, Denis O’Hare, Chris Peluso, and Sally Wilfert from Roundabout’s 2004 Broadway production at Studio 54.
Also taking part: Tony-winning directors Jerry Zaks and Joe Mantello, who will share memories from helming the Off-Broadway premiere and 2004 Broadway productions, respectively; director Doyle and music director Greg Jarrett of the upcoming CSC revival; and alumni of CSC and previous Doyle productions, including Quincy Tyler Bernstine, André De Shields, Raúl Esparza, Ann Harada, Audra McDonald, Mary Beth Peil, George Takei, and Tony Yazbeck.
Assassins, exploring the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons December 18, 1990, and closed February 16, 1991, after 73 performances. The Broadway production received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
CSC was two weeks into rehearsals for Assassins when New York’s performance venues shut down on March 12, 2020. CSC has since pursued digital ways of fulfilling its mission, including the free virtual Classic Conversations series.
Advanced registration is required at ClassicStage.org. The event will be available for viewing until April 19 at 8 PM ET. Links to view the event will be sent to registrants closer to the premiere.