For Amerie and the cast of Assassins!
Amerie- Big Kid All Kidding Aside
Everybody's Got The Right- Assassins (The Broadway Cast Recording)
*In America- The Fastbacks ...And His Orchestra
*Crazy Mixed Up World- The Wild Giraffes I Don't Know About You 45
*Guns- Madness The Business
*American Guilt- Fools Face Tell America
*Crazy- 999 999
*^Annie Get Your Gun- Squeeze Singles: 45's and Under
Just Say Go- Reno Bo Lessons from a Shooting Star
Lucky In Every Way- Pugwash Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)
If That's What You Want- The Orange Humble Band Depressing Beauty
*The American In Me- The Avengers S/T 12"EP
*Still Crazy- The Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic
*Cemetery Guns- Fountains Of Wayne Sky Full Of Holes
*Only In America- Hoodoo Gurus Purity Of Essence
*Crazy Over You- The Yum Yums Singles 'n' Stuff
*Six Guns- Milk 'N' Cookies Milk 'N' Cookies
Circles- The Connection Labor Of Love
Alone In These Modern Times- Tommy Keene Laugh In The Dark
Live To Tell- Herb Eimerman Five Dimensional Man
*America Is- Violent Femmes Add It Up
*Crazy Kids- Jook Different Class
*Popgun- Mary Monday And The Bitches I Gave My Punk Jacket To Rickie 7"
>The American Ruse- MC5 Back In The U.S.A.
>Crazy- Mud The Singles '67-'78
>Zip Gun Boogie- T-Rex The Very Best Of T-Rex
*American Song- Pointed Sticks Part Of The Noise
*You Make Me Crazy- Nikki and The Corvettes Nikki and The Corvettes
*Tommy Gun- The Scruffs Wanna Meet The Scruffs
Young American Freak- Material Issue Telecommando Americano
Something Just Broke- Assassins (The Broadway Cast Recording)
^Power Pop Peak: #40 US Mainstream Rock Chart 10/8/82
*SacroSet(s): America/Crazy/Gun Songs Inspired by Assassins
>Power Pop Prototypes: 1970, 1973, 1974
If you've been following the blog you'll know that back in May I auditioned for Narrow Way Stage Company's production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins here in Sonoma.
|Everybody's Got The Right To Be Happy|
|Unworthy of Your Love|
|Another National Anthem|
|The Ballad of Booth|
THEME TWO: Crazy people, especially Crazy Loners Seeking Fame: "Someone tell the story, someone sing the song. Every now and then the country goes a little wrong. Every now and then a madman's bound to come along..."
|The Gun Song|
THEME THREE: Guns; see America's love affair with: "All you have to do is squeeze your little finger, ease your little finger back, you can change the world..."
Since Assassins is already freighted with meaning, co-directors Trevor and Skylar made sure to avoid linking the show with any outside political or ideological viewpoint. I hesitate to say it, but I was worried a mass killing before or during the run would stop people from coming to the show. As it turned out, during our final three weeks of rehearsal and three weeks of performances there were five of what the FBI calls "family killings" with 4 to 8 victims each and a "public shooting" at Umqua Community College in Roseburg, OR with 9 victims.
On a lighter note... the beard issue. When we started rehearsals a few of the younger
guys in the cast had beards so I was thinking that despite growing one for the audition, maybe I could get out of having one for the run. I figured if real life clean-shaven Guiseppe Zangara was played by bearded Brett, perhaps real life bearded Charles Guiteau could be played by clean-shaven Rick. As this picture shows, Brett shaved before we opened so I was screwed. I had a job in Tucson seven days before we opened so that was the last shave for me. Sad to say my whiskers were just as gray as last time and no less itchy. Even so, I got quite a few compliments on the beard. After a while, I started to notice a pattern summarized on this Female Beard Reaction diagram:
|How I Saved Roosevelt|
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Older women LOVED the beard (many couldn't resist touching it), younger women thought it was cool (yet had no interest in touching it) and women in the middle, age 35-59 were ambivalent. Interestingly, a vocal "Hate Rick's Beard" subset could be found in my own home- my wife and daughter. Needless to say, this small minority carried the day, so we now say goodbye to the whiskers:
|R.I.P. Rick's Beard 9/10/15- 10/5/15|
|The Ballad of Guiteau|