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Jan. 29-Feb. 8: Stephen Sondheim Musical, ‘Assassins’

Historical “revusical” with mature language and themes examines the lives of those who assassinated or tried to assassinate the president of the United States.

2015-02-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 1-5-2015

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the Stephen Sondheim musical “Assassins” Jan. 29-Feb. 8 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. This production includes mature language and themes.

This uniquely American of musical lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. Characters include well-known assassins such as John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as lesser-knowns such as Guiseppe Zangara, Charles Guiteau and Sarah Jane Moore. The book is by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, whose “Into the Woods” was just released as a feature film in December. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

“Assassins” is directed by Department Chair Dr. Paul J. Hustoles, with musical direction by Music major Jesse Beulke. Among the cast is Leigh Jacobson, senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate who earlier this year was Belle in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme; Erin Horst, first-year MFA Musical Theatre candidate who appeared in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Our Town,” as Sarah Jane Moore; Matthew Stairs, a transfer BFA Musical Theatre candidate who played Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast,” as John Wilkes Booth; and Jordan Oxborough, a senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate who has been in “Spring Awakening,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Next to Normal,” as Lee Harvey Oswald.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29-31 & 4-7, and 2 p.m. Feb. 1, 7 & 8. Tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 or groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are available online at MSUTheatre.com, or 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday (beginning Jan. 19) at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661. 

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