Stephen Sondheim’s ‘new’ musical, ‘Road Show’ is the third collaboration between Sondheim and book writer John Weidman (Pacific Overtures and Assassins). But ‘Road Show’ is yet another version of ‘Wise Guys’ (directed by Sam Mendes in 1999) and ‘Bounce’ (2003). It recounts the story of brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner and their adventures across America from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s. ‘Road Show’ opened off-Broadway in 2008, a cast album was issued in 2009, and now it comes to London for its European première at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Tony Award-winning John Doyle will direct the show and it will star David Bedella as Mizner’s bother Wilson. Bedella is currently playing Billy Flynn in the West End production of ‘Chicago’. He will be joined by Gillian Bevan, who appeared in the original cast of ‘Follies’, and Jon Robyns.
‘Road Show’ will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from June 24 to September 18.Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
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