March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical, Assassins is a natural place to look for name songs because it deals with figures from history. In this case, the name mentioned is Roosevelt and the song deals with an attempted assassination on the then president-elect of the United States by Giuseppe Zangara. Alternating between Sousa-inspired passages in which bystanders boast how they saved Roosevelt from being assassinated and a chilling tarantella in which Zangara reveals his desire to kill the capitalists even through this will cost him his life.
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