Handsome and dashing, the dark-haired man sings with powerful melancholy, "The country is not what it was," lamenting the passing of the good, old days. Do you empathize with him? "Him" being John Wilkes Booth, the first man to kill an American president. If Lincoln represents the American dream made manifest, what does Booth represent? He also dreamed of a better America, he also loved his country, and he would do whatever he could to improve it. You can argue with his methods, but Booth changed the country as much as Lincoln did. And that's the crux of Stephen Sondheim... More >>>