Road Show
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Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman
Co-Directed by Spiro Veloudos and Ilyse Robbins
Music direction by Jonathan Goldberg
Choreography by Ilyse Robbins

 

Production sponsored by Nina & Don Berk
Co-Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser
Co-Director and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins sponsored by Glenda & Bob Fishman
Music Director Jon Goldberg sponsored by Jo-An Heileman
Orchestra Sponsored by Dick Rousseau

Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
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Summary

On his continuing journey through the works of Stephen Sondheim, director Spiro Veloudos brings us Sondheim‚Äôs latest work, Road Show, the true boom-and-bust story of two of the most colorful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, entrepreneur Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson were proof positive that the road to the American Dream is often a seductive, treacherous tightrope walk. ¬†¬†As the Guardian said, ‚ÄúRoad Show is lyrically witty, musically rich, and has the sardonic satirical appeal of the Sondheim-Weidman Assassins.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúUnquestionably worth the trip! ¬†Emotional richness, a spry score, and fiddle-fast lyrics.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ The Telegraph

SYNOPSIS

Road Show was inspired by a New Yorker article Stephen Sondheim read about the real-life Mizner brothers, Addison and Wilson, who were born in California in the late 1800s. Beginning at the deathbed of their father who encourages them to go out and mold the new nation, the musical spans the globe from the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York, and eventually the real-estate boom of Boca Raton, Florida. Over 40 years, the brothers seek out the amorphous and elusive American Dream through the booms and busts of the early 20th century, with bouts of brotherly love and hate. The musical travelogue takes a close look at the optimism and opportunism of the time through the lens of two ambitious, eccentric, and charming individuals.

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[an often] entertaining take on a quintessentially American story.

the lyrics are clever [enough], sometimes even laugh-out-loud funny.

[this ably sung and acted production] is well worth a look.

‚ÄúRoad Show‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Sondheim‚Äôs Latest Gets Its Boston Premiere¬†¬† ‚ÄĒArts Fuse

 

As I have written before, the team at the The Lyric Stage really knows how to put on these small scale musical productions. Mr. Veloudos and Ms Robbins work very well together. But that should not come as any surprise as both know their craft and have given audiences many great productions.

Road Show At The Lyric Stage¬†¬† ‚ÄĒBoxing over Broadway

 

Collaborating with Ilyse Robbins as co-director/choreographer and Jonathan Goldberg as Music Director, Veloudos does what he does best, which is to make the elements of the musical conform to the parameters of the Lyric Stage jewel box.

Sondheim’s score is the beating heart of Road Show, moving the story forward and helping to define the characters. With about a dozen and a half musical numbers in a 90-minute show, the songs do more than the book to tell the story, and do it better.

Sondheim’s ROAD SHOW: Looking For America¬†¬† ‚ÄĒBroadway World

 

PREVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

“I didn’t look at the season because I thought, There’s nothing for me in “Road Show.”‘ And then I got the call to come in to the audition, and I started doing research. I listened to ‘Wise Guys’ and ‘Bounce’ and ‘Road Show,’ all the different productions, and I thought ‘This is classic Sondheim.’ There’s a game we play in rehearsal: ‘That’s from this play! This is from that play!’ Because everything sounds like Sondheim. But it’s different! It’s weird. I know Sondheim, but this show, there’s, like, one song or two songs that stick out melodically. But it’s really just, like, you get on this ride, musically and dramatically, and you just go from song to scene to song to scene.”

‘Bounce’ing from ‘Wise Guys’ to ‘Road Show’ – Tony Castellanos on Getting Sondheim Right¬†¬† ‚ÄĒEdge Boston

 

‚ÄúI think Sondheim was originally trying to pack in an enormous amount of information,‚ÄĚ says Veloudos, so the earlier versions, called ‚ÄúBounce‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWise Guys,‚ÄĚ ran closer to three hours. This version is a tight 100 minutes and runs without an intermission. ‚ÄúThe story still works as a memory play, jumping back and forth in time and space, but Cristina Tedesco has created a brilliant set that allows us to open up and then put away articles and locations the way we recall cherished memories.‚ÄĚ

Two for the ‘Road’¬†¬† ‚ÄĒThe Boston Globe

 

It’s also a story about two very different brothers, who supported and undermined each other. Addison, an architect who was gay, wanted to create beauty as well as get rich and he eventually designed many luxury homes in Florida. Wilson, a professional gambler and womanizer (who in real life also wrote plays and screenplays) cared for little other than himself.

http://hopedale.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20180111/theater-sondheimss-road-show-travels-to-boston¬†¬† ‚ÄĒWicked Local

 

‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs much more common now for writers to be willing to take a second look at their shows after the first major production,‚ÄĚ said Goldberg, ‚Äúas opposed to what we might call the ‚Äėgolden age‚Äô of musicals, when all of the adjusting was done merely in tryouts ‚Ķ and then the show was usually left as is for posterity.‚ÄĚ

Lyric Stage takes a new spin on Sondheim‚Äôs ‚ÄėRoad Show‚Äô¬†¬† ‚ÄĒJewish Journal

Cast & Crew

 

*¬†denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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