Assassins

Characters

Character Range Description
The Proprietor Baritone (G-F) The proprietor of a shooting gallery at a carnival. A gun salesman who provides the characters with their weapons at the beginning of the show.
The Balladeer Folk Tenor (C-G#) A Woody Gutherie/Peter Seeger-style folk singer. A narrator who provides the stories of the assassins. Sometimes staged as playing guitar. In the revival, the Balladeer was transformed into Lee Harvey Oswald.
John Wilkes Booth Baritone (F–G) (1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater, Washington D.C., April 14, 1865.
David Herold N/A One of Booth’s confederates, who aided Booth in his attempted escape.
Charles Guiteau Baritone or Tenor (A-G) (1841-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.
President James Garfield N/A The 20th President of the United States.
James Blaine N/A Secretary of State who received a deluge of letters from Charles Guiteau.
Leon Czolgosz Baritone or Bass (G–D(F)) (1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley during a public reception at the Temple of Music Pavilion at the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y., September 6, 1901. Poverty-worn young radical.
Emma Goldman N/A An anarchist and feminist, known for her political activism, who interacted several times with Leon Czolgosz.
Giuseppe Zangara Tenor (B – A) (1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Bayfront Park, Miami, February 15, 1933. Angry, heavily-accented immigrant. Sustained A.
Lee Harvey Oswald N/A (1939-1963) Dejected shipping clerk planning suicide who assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.
Samuel Byck Baritone (A – E#) (1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon; hijacked a commercial jetliner which he intended to crash dive into the White House, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, February 22, 1974. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.
John Hinckley Pop Baritone (B – F#) (1955- ) Depressed college student who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1981.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Mezzo-Soprano (A – D#) (1948- ) Pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel, Sacramento, CA., September 5, 1975.
Sara Jane Moore Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano (A – F) Frazzled housewife who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA., September 22, 1975.
President Gerald Ford N/A The 38th President of the United States.
Billy N/A Sara Jane Moore’s son. Age 9.

The show includes a small chorus of five bystanders who play crowd members, photographers and other individual members of the public.

The ranges for the characters above are based on the keys of the songs as they were originally written and reflect what is printed in the original score. They do not reflect key changes made for the 2004 Broadway revival of the show.