Aaron Tveit Joins cast of Assassins at the Menier
Further casting has been announced for Jamie Lloyd's production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins which runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark, south London from 21 November 2014 to 7 March 2015, with an official opening on 1 December 2014.
Broadway star Aaron Tveit will star as John Wilkes Booth, alongside Jamie Parker as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald, Harry Morrison as John Hinckley and Stewart Clarke as Giuseppe Zangara. Marc Akinfolarin, Greg Miller Burns and Melle Stewart will play Bystanders.
They will join the previously announced cast which also features Catherine Tate as Sarah Jane Moore, Carly Bawden as Squeaky Fromme, Simon Lipkin as The Proprietor, Mike McShane as Samuel Byck, Andy Nyman as Charles Guiteau, and David Roberts as Leon Czolgosz.
Sondheim and Weidman's 1990 musical Assassins originally opened off-Broadway and was originally presented in London at the Donmar Warehouse. This dark black comedy follows thirteen people who have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us, but are they simply just victims of the American Dream?
The production will feature design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Gregory Clarke, musical supervision and direction by Alan Williams and hair & make-up design by Richard Mawbey.
Aaron Tveit's Broadway theatre credits include 'Catch Me If You Can', 'Next to Normal', 'Wicked', and 'Hairspray'. He recently played Enjolras in the screen adaptation of 'Les Miserables', and is currently starring in the US remake of hit BBC drama 'Broadchurch', 'Graceland'.
Jamie Parker returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory after previously starring in 'Proof'. His recent theatre credits include 'Guys and Dolls', 'The Gondoliers' and 'The Coffee House' at the Chichester Festival Theatre, 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and 'Henry V' at the Globe. He was in the original cast of 'The History Boys' at the National Theatre and starred in the film adaptation.
Harry Morrison's theatre credits include 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Kiss Me Kate' at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and 'The Sound of Music' and 'Crazy for You' at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Stewart Clarke has recently been seen onstage in 'The Return of the Soldier' at the Jermyn Street Theatre, 'Cool Rider Live' at the Duchess Theatre, 'Ghost The Musical' UK tour and 'Loserville' at the Garrick Theatre.