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Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical

L.A. Weekly Nomination for Outstanding Musical

L.A. Weekly Nomination for Direction

Richard Israel

L.A. Weekly Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble

L.A. Weekly Nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance - David Nadeau

WINNER - Garland Award for Musical Direction

Johanna Kent

PICK OF THE WEEK!  “The piece mercilessly insists that we confront the issues it raises. Richard Israel’s on-target production is stark and lively, Johanna Kent’s music direction is sure-footed and the entire cast is splendid.”


BEST BET! “The West Coast Ensemble’s revival is a smart and finely acted production. Assassins makes most recent musicals look like silly theme-park rides by comparison ... spiritual and improbably moving.” 


“West Coast Ensemble’s solid revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins reinforces the value of scaling down a tuner usually staged on the lavish side. Israel skillfully shapes these vaudeville sketches for thematic vitality, bringing out the common bonds among all who decide their solution is aiming a weapon at a president.” 


CRITIC’S PICK! “Stephen Sondheim’s deliciously bleak musical dissection of shattered dreams fits beautifully into the snug space of West Coast Ensemble’s new digs. Richard Israel’s adroit direction is well-paced, makes excellent use of its stage, and never flags.” 


“Director Richard Israel weaves everything together with maximum smoothness, playing both the broad comedy and the pathos with equal skill ... It plays like nobody’s business.” 

Daily News

West Coast Ensemble is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

July 11 - September 28, 2008

at The El Centro Theatre

Directed by Richard Israel

Musical Direction by Johanna Kent

Set Design by Stephen Gifford * Lighting Design by Lisa D. Katz

Costume Design by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg * Sound Design by Cricket Myers

Musical Orchestrations Realized by Richard Berent

Assistant Directed by Suzanne Doss * Stage Managed by Erin Bedinger


Sterling Beaumon, Christopher Davis Carlisle, Steven Connor, Andrea Covell, Jim Holdridge, Beth Lane, Larry Lederman, Dana Moore,

David Nadeau, John O’Brien, Darrin Revitz and Shannon Stoeke

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