His performance as John Wilkes Booth in Jamie Lloyd’s Assassins has been lauded, but Aaron Tveit will bow out of the role early due to filming obligations. (Specifically, this news is due to changes in the “Graceland” filming schedule.) Although originally scheduled to perform the entire run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, Aaron will now leave the production on February 8th.
Michael Xavier is set to take over the role of Booth. He is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, garnering accolades for his work in Into The Woods and Love Story.
While I know this must be disappointing news to many – including those who have already purchased tickets to Assassins in its last month – I strongly encourage the ongoing support for Menier’s superb production of a classic Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical. It is as timely as ever, Lloyd’s new vision dazzles, and the cast continually provides knockout performances. If you have tickets to any of the remaining shows, I hope you attend and enjoy Assassins, with or without Aaron’s involvement. I promise, you’re still in for a treat.