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Assassins is a striking satire of the anarchic political violence that tragically persists at the core of American culture. The musical explores the history of presidential assassinations in the United States, ranging from well-known historical figures such as John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Jr., and "Squeaky" Fromme to lesser known assassins and attempted assassins including Samuel Byck (attempted assassin of President Richard Nixon), Leon Czolgosz (assassin of President William McKinley), and Charles Guiteau (assassin of President James Garfield). The musical style of each song in the 90-minute production reflects the historical period in which the individual "assassins" lived.

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