Steven Pasquale will play John Wilkes Booth in the Off-Center production of Assassins.
Steven Pasquale will play John Wilkes Booth in the Off-Center production of Assassins.
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Encores! Off-Center artistic director Michael Friedman has announced casting for his first season at the helm of the summer musical-theater series at New York City Center.

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins (July 12-15) will star Steven Boyer (John Hinckley Jr.), Alex Brightman (Giuseppe Zangara), John Ellison Conlee (Charles Guiteau), Clifton Duncan (the Balladeer), Shuler Hensley (Leon Czolgosz), Ethan Lipton (the Proprietor), Erin Markey (Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme), Steven Pasquale (John Wilkes Booth), Cory Michael Smith (Lee Harvey Oswald), Julie White (Sara Jane Moore), and Danny Wolohan (Samuel Byck). The production will be directed by Anne Kauffman, with music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Lorin Latarro.

Kirsten Childs' The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (July 26-27) will star Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) as Viveca, the young African-American dancer who finds her way from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity. Directed by Robert O'Hara, the production will feature choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory.

Finally, Maurice Sendak and Carole King's Really Rosie (August 2-5) will star Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock) will star as the little girl with the big imagination from Avenue P. Inspired in part by the stories in Sendak's Nutshell Library, the Off-Center production will be directed by Leigh Silverman, with music direction by Carmel Dean and choreography by Ayodele Casel.

Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

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