Assassins and the Concept Musical
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In 1970 Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's new musical Company burst upon Broadway, a musical unlike most people had ever seen, a concept musical with no linear plot, with a completely passive protagonist, and an equivocal ending. In 1990, Assassins was the first New York musical in twenty years to tread fearlessly the same path, a concept musical with even less plot and no protagonist at all. America itself was presented as the antagonist and the ending proposed murder as a viable solution to problems. Why did it take twenty years for Company's fascinating experiment to be repeated and carried forward? What happened in the interim? And will the experiment be continued in the future?