Based on the play by George Kauffman and Moss Hart, this musical (with book by George Furth) tells of the disintegration of the friendship of successful songwriter Franklin Shepard, his lyricist Charlie Kringas, and novelist Mary Flynn. The action moves backward through time, from 1980 to 1957.
The score is constructed in blocks, so we hear characters' themes at the beginning of the show, seeing throughout the rest of the show how that character developed that theme. For example, in the first scene Frank sings, "It's my time coming through / all my dreams coming true / Gorgeous house, gorgeous wife," indicative of his materialism and superficiality. By the end of that show, we hear the same melody devolve back to its roots as a song of optimism and sincerity. Includes the songs "Our Time," "Good Thing Going," and "Not A Day Goes By."
Opened November 16, 1981, Alvin Theatre
Original Broadway Cast Recording, 1981 (RCA Victor RCD1-5840)
Rights controlled by Music Theatre International
Franklin Shepard (age 43)
Alex, Talk Show Host
Mrs. Spencer - Mary Johansen
George, The Headwaiter
Assassins is about how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history. "Something Just Broke" is a major distraction and plays like an afterthought, shoe horned simply to appease. The song breaks the dramatic fluidity and obstructs the overall pacing and climactic arc which derails the very intent and momentum that makes this work so compelling...
- Mark Bakalor
Which is not to say that it is perfect...
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