The final cast members for the upcoming production of Assassins at the Sydney Opera House were announced this week.
The production enjoyed a sold out season at the Hayes Theatre Co last year and received widespread critical praise including multiple Sydney Theatre Award nominations.
As previously announced, reprising the role of John Wilkes Booth, for which he received the 2017 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, is David Campbell (Dream Lover). Joining him in the role of Sam Byck is Anthony Gooley, awarded ‘Best Actor in an Independent Production’ (2011 Sydney Theatre Awards). Playing the role of Giuseppe “Joe” Zangara is Luigi Lucente, most recently seen on Sydney stages in Muriel’s Wedding and leading the cast in the Australian Premiere of Dogfight at the Hayes Theatre Co. The final cast announcement is Sydney Theatre Award winner Madeleine Jones (Muriel’s Wedding, Ladies in Black) who will play the role of Emma Goldman.
Continuing their roles from the critically-acclaimed Hayes Theatre Co season are Connor Crawford (The Sound of Music, City of Angels), Hannah Fredericksen (Dream Lover, Heathers), Kate Cole (Ladies in Black, Sweet Charity), Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys, Blood Brothers), Jason Winston – formerly known as Jason Kos – (Cabaret, Miracle City), and Rob McDougall (Les Misérables). The spectacular newcomer Maxwell Simon reprises his role of The Balladeer / Lee Harvey Oswald after a sensational debut at the Hayes Theatre Co.
Set in a fairground shooting gallery, the Tony Award-winning Assassins tells the story of nine misfit Americans who killed (or planned to kill) their President-of-the-day. The genius of America’s greatest musical-theatre composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) combines with John Weidman’s book, exploring the disillusionment associated with patriotic idealism. Deploying a dose of absurd humour and a century of musical pastiche, Assassins dissects the motivations of some of history’s most notorious criminals.
Assassins plays from June 7 – July 1, 2018 at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. More information a tickets available from sydneyoperahouse.com