Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: Assassins

Photo: Prudence Upton

Assassins is astounding audiences with its return to the stage, sharing a visually spectacular, fun and absolutely hilarious story that you won’t want to miss!

Set in a foggy, abandoned shooting gallery full of giant carnival letters, carousel horses and dodgem cars, a group of time travelling rebels who are obsessed with guns and power unite with the aim to kill the presidents of the United States. 

With rock and roll music playing from the moment the audience enters the theatre, they are transported to another time, with songs such as Hound Dog and Hotel California setting the scene, in unison with an old-fashioned radio presenter talking Bill Clinton and all things presidential. 

Built up with an absolutely phenomenal cast who captivated the audiences with their flawless voices and upbeat performances. The cast is able to carry the story through, what appeared to be effortlessly, with constant wit and humour in not only the script, but their own quirky characterisations. 

The stage design was beautifully flamboyant with seamless scene transitions and an added bonus was when the fourth wall was broken for a moment, inviting an audience member to join in the fun. All the elements worked together seamlessly, with the lighting, sound design and actors adding depth to the script. 

Created by musical theatre composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim who also created the classics West Side Story, Into the Woods and Sweeny Todd, audiences are sure to enjoy Assassins as it takes them on a journey full of laughter and amazement.

Until Jul 1. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. $30-$129.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Reviewed by Jade Morellini.

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