New musical brings together notorious presidential assassins

Fountain Hills Theater brings together the nation’s most notorious criminals -- presidential assassins in the new Sondheim musical, “Assassins.” The production runs Nov. 4-20 and stars, from left, standing, Don Crosby, Casey Karapetian, Michael Stewart and Libby Mueller. From left, kneeling, Chris Chavez, Ryan Joran, Nicholas Hambruch and Sky Donovan.

Fountain Hills Theater brings together the nation’s most notorious criminals — presidential assassins in the new Sondheim musical, “Assassins.” The production runs Nov. 4-20 and stars, from left, standing, Don Crosby, Casey Karapetian, Michael Stewart and Libby Mueller. From left, kneeling, Chris Chavez, Ryan Joran, Nicholas Hambruch and Sky Donovan.

Fountain Hills Theater kicks off November with the award-winning Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical, “Assassins.”

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, “Assassins” combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of the nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins.

“Assassins” lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the president of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience.

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking the audience on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

“Assassins” is produced by Patty Torrilhon, directed by FHT’s Artistic Director Peter J. Hill, musically directed by Jennifer Whiting and choreographed by Noel Irick.

It stars Chad Campbell,  Chris Chavez, Don Crosby, Sky Donovan, Chris Fidler, Nick Hambruch, Ryan Jordan, Casey Karapetian, Matt McDonald, Libby Mueller and Michael Stewart.
Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Individual tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5 discount on all Thursday performances.

Group rates and student rush discounts are available.

All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.  Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at 480-837-9661, Ext. 3 or by visiting www.fhtaz.org.

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