The theater's 12th season begins with Stephen Sondheim's alarmingly funny musical.
The City Repertory Theatre began its 12th season on Sept. 23 with the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical, "Assassins."
"We wanted to do a show to honor Sondheim who has passed," said director John Sbordone. "And we wanted to find a musical that isn't done very often. But we all think that it's one of his best. It fits our profile for CRT in doing thought-provoking and controversial kinds of things. It's a brilliant piece of work."
The show is billed as "bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny." It portrays presidential assassins such as John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau and Lee Harvey Oswald and would-be assassins, including Squeaky Fromme and John Hinckley Jr. "Assassins" won four Tony Awards in 2004.
The local cast includes Beau Wade, Michael Funaro, Monica Clark, Phillipa Rose, Austin Branning, Cameron Hodges, Laniece Fagundes, Bob Pritchard, Everett Clark, Nick Sok, Julia Truilo and Tatum Oliver. Ben Beck is the musical director.
The theatre, at 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite B207, is presenting six performances of the show on successive weekends. The second weekend shows will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, and a 3 p.m. showing on Sunday, Oct. 2. For tickets, visit crtpalmcoast.com or call 386-585-9415.
"Assassins" is the first of seven shows this season at CRT. Future shows include: "Charley's Aunt" in October, which traces the antics of two college roommates in a desperate search for a chaperone; "A King and Two Queens," in December, which brings humor and sympathy to three over-the-top monarchs; "Honky Tonk Angels" in January, which is a dream musical for country music fans; "The Colored Museum" in February, which redefines the idea of what it means to be Black in contemporary America; “Scapino” in March, a fresh take on a Moliere classic with a study in clever manipulation and deception; and "All My Sons" in April, Arthur Miller’s first significant play which has an underlying theme of guilt and responsibility.