July 27th, 2005

mandrake

Stephen Sondheim writes good musicals.

John Wilkes Booth was the greatest matinee idol of his era. Though history books ararely mention it, the man who shot Lincoln was beloved and familiar to thousands of theatre-gowers and was especially popular with women, from whom he received a hundred fan letters a week. In fact, it was Booth’s familiarity with the layout of Ford’s theatre - he had played there many times - and his friendliness with stagehands that allowed him to penetrate the security guard so easily the night of the shooting.
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