J.W. Morrissette, director

Justin M. Brauer, Music Director

Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist

John Weidman, librettist

“Murder is a tawdry little crime; it’s born of greed, or lust, or liquor. Adulterers and shopkeepers get murdered. But when a president gets killed, when Julius Caesar got killed . . . he was assassinated.” —John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist John Weidman take aim at American ideals of prosperity and fortune. Illinois Theatre presents this powerful musical examination of the blood-curdling (and banal) impulses of would-be assassins who pursue their own versions of the American dream.

There will be a post-performance Talkback on Thursday, February 8.

Contains strong adult content


  • TH FEB 01, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • FR FEB 02, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • SA FEB 03, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • WE FEB 07, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • TH FEB 08, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • FR FEB 09, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • SA FEB 10, 2018 - 7:30PM
  • SU FEB 11, 2018 - 3:00PM

Past dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Thursday, February 1st, 2018, repeated every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
  • Occurred Sunday, February 11th, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

500 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL


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