CAST (Carolina Actors Studio Theatre) closes its 2012-13 season with “Assassins,” a show with a score by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman that gives new meaning to the phrase “killer musical.” Director Charles LaBorde helms the 21-member cast that will lead the audience through the stories of the inner lives of nine people who assassinated or attempted to assassinate a U.S. President.
One of Sondheim’s most interesting and memorable musicals, “Assassins” won the Tony Award (plus four others) and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Marty Gregory serves as the musical director.
Sondheim’s smart score and Weidman’s thought-provoking book examine the stories and motives of the more infamous assassins John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, along with the not-so-famous such as Leon Czolgosz, Charles Guiteau and Giuseppe Zangara.
CAST presents one of Sondheim’s most interesting and memorable musicals, winner of the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Performances are June 20-July 13, 2013. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $28 adult; $22 senior; $18 student. No late seating. This production contains strong language and multiple instances of simulated gunfire.
“CAST revives a killers’ musical” — Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer. Read the full review.
“When CAST decides to do a musical, one can be sure that it will be something that will challenge audiences and not in any way resemble typical Broadway fare.” — Tim Baxter-Ferguson of ARTS à la Mode. Read the full review.
“The Wrong Stuff: Sondheim’s Gallery of American Antiheroes” — Perry Tannenbaum of Creative Loafing. Read the full review.
Director Charles Laborde about his distinctive take on Sondheim’s killer musical. — Josh Lanier of Charlotte Magazine for the Revue blog. Read the full interview.
Friday, July 5, 11: FUEL PIZZA FRIDAY
Buy a ticket for a Friday Night show and enjoy complimentary pizza from Fuel Pizza on Central Avenue! The bar will be open with beers from NoDa Brewing Company, vino from Round Peak Vineyards, soda and water. Thanks to Fuel Pizza, NoDa Brewing Company and Round Peak Vineyards for being generous sponsors.