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Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" to Receive Bay Area Premiere from Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" to Receive Bay Area Premiere from Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco

    Stephen Sondheim's latest musical, Road Show, makes its Bay Area premiere with a 15-performane run presented by Theatre Rhinoceros at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, California, January 2–19, 2014. Starting January 9, performances will be preceded by a pre-show presentation from director John Fisher, titled Stephen Sondheim: The Composer and His Context. For details and tickets, visit therhino.org.

    Coincidentally, the Benicia Historical Museum in Benicia, California, is currently running an exhibition about the brothers who inspired Road Show, Addison and Wilson Mizner, who were born in Benicia. The exhibition, titled Those Amazing Mizners: Benicia's Celebrated Clan, runs through January.

    The Guardian has described Road Show as "an intimate epic that, while giving enormous pleasure, aspires to be nothing less than a state-of-the-nation musical." Variety calls it "an alluring odyssey ... [N]obody who cares about musical theater should miss it." The Stage says: "The rich, varied and tuneful score is as audacious and complex as any Sondheim has ever written."

    Spanning 40 years, from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, Road Show, featuring music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by John Weidman, is the story of two brothers whose quest for the American dream turns into a test of morality and judgment that changes their lives in unexpected ways. In Road Show, Weidman and Sondheim explore two of America’s great issues: capitalism and crooks.

    Nonesuch Records and PS Classics released the original cast recording of Road Show in 2009 from the 2008 production at the Public Theater in New York City. Nonesuch released the cast recording of an earlier incarnation of Road ShowBounce, also created by Sondheim and Weidman—in 2004.

    To pick up a copy of Road Show and Bounce, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include downloads of the complete albums at checkout.

on December 23, 2013 - 11:26am
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Stephen Sondheim's latest musical, Road Show, makes its Bay Area premiere with a 15-performane run presented by Theatre Rhinoceros at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, January 2–19, 2014. Starting January 9, performances will be preceded by a pre-show presentation from director John Fisher. The Benicia Historical Museum in nearby Benicia is running an exhibition about the Mizner brothers who inspired Road Show and were born in Benicia. Nonesuch Records and PS Classics released the original cast recording of Road Show in 2009.

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Stephen Sondheim's latest musical, Road Show, makes its Bay Area premiere with a 15-performane run presented by Theatre Rhinoceros at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, California, January 2–19, 2014. Starting January 9, performances will be preceded by a pre-show presentation from director John Fisher, titled Stephen Sondheim: The Composer and His Context. For details and tickets, visit therhino.org.

Coincidentally, the Benicia Historical Museum in Benicia, California, is currently running an exhibition about the brothers who inspired Road Show, Addison and Wilson Mizner, who were born in Benicia. The exhibition, titled Those Amazing Mizners: Benicia's Celebrated Clan, runs through January.

The Guardian has described Road Show as "an intimate epic that, while giving enormous pleasure, aspires to be nothing less than a state-of-the-nation musical." Variety calls it "an alluring odyssey ... [N]obody who cares about musical theater should miss it." The Stage says: "The rich, varied and tuneful score is as audacious and complex as any Sondheim has ever written."

Spanning 40 years, from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, Road Show, featuring music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by John Weidman, is the story of two brothers whose quest for the American dream turns into a test of morality and judgment that changes their lives in unexpected ways. In Road Show, Weidman and Sondheim explore two of America’s great issues: capitalism and crooks.

Nonesuch Records and PS Classics released the original cast recording of Road Show in 2009 from the 2008 production at the Public Theater in New York City. Nonesuch released the cast recording of an earlier incarnation of Road ShowBounce, also created by Sondheim and Weidman—in 2004.

To pick up a copy of Road Show and Bounce, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include downloads of the complete albums at checkout.

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Stephen Sondheim "Road Show" [cover]

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