ROAD SHOW Comes to Theatre Rhinoceros, Now thru 2/19
Theatre Rhinoceros presents the Bay Area Premiere of the Stephen Sondheim Musical ROAD SHOW, featuring Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by John Weidman, and running today, January 2 - 19, 2014.
"Addison and Wilson Mizner were born within a year and a half of each other in the early 1870s in Benicia, CA. During the course of their long, colorful and often chaotic lives, they criss-crossed the country - sometimes separately, sometimes together - trying their hands at a dizzying array of different enterprises and pursuits from prospecting for gold in the Yukon to promoting a utopian real-estate venture during the Florida land boom. Addison died in Palm Beach in 1933, leaving behind a handful of uniquely designed Mizner houses. Wilson died within weeks of him, in Hollywood. ROAD SHOW is the story of their lives - or at any rate our version of it." - Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman
Theatre Rhino does Sondheim. We have not just chosen any Sondheim musical usually done by regional theatres, but the obscure ROAD SHOW. This musical has had many incarnations (previously titled Bounce, and before that Wise Guys and Gold!), but the few people who have seen it may not have seen this version being presented by Theatre Rhino. ROAD SHOW, Sondheim's first new musical since his Tony Award-winning Passion in 1994, reunited the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer with book writer Weidman (Assassins, Pacific Overtures) and Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company). The production played an extended run Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2008, but beyond a 2011 London remounting at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the musical has remained unseen by audiences until now.
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.
The musical stars Bay Area favorites Bill Fahrner* (Addison Mizner), and Rudy Guerrero* (Wilson Mizner). Other cast members include Kim Larsen, Sandra Hernandez, Michael Doppe, Justin Lucas, Kate McCarthy, Ae'Jay Mitchell, Kathryn Wood & Sarah Young.
ROAD SHOW is directed by the Glickman and Critics' Circle Award-winning John Fisher. Lighting Design / Stage Manager: Colin Johnson; Costume Design by Scarlett Kellum; Scenic Design by Gilbert Johnson; Photography by Kent Taylor; Musical Direction by 42nd Street Moon and Rhino favorite Dave Dobrusky.
Road Show will have its Bay Area premiere in this exclusive Theatre Rhinoceros production in San Francisco for a limited engagement - 15 performances only! The show plays today, Jan. 2 - 19, 2014 - Wed. - Sat. - 8:00 pm / Sun. - 3:00 pm. Previews Jan. 2 & 3 (Thurs. & Fri.) (No Press at Previews please.) - Opening night is Sat. Jan. 4 - 8:00 pm.
Performances: Sun., Jan. 5 thru Sun., Jan. 19, 2014. Dates / Times: Wed. - Sat. - 8:00 pm, Sun., Jan. 5 - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Sundays, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 - 3:00 pm only. Individual performance dates are: Jan. 2, 3 (previews), 4 (opening), 5 (2 shows - 3 & 7 pm) / 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 / 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2014.
Shows are at The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. (btwn. Front & Battery, in SF 94111, Embarcadero BART). Tickets are $15 - $30 and are available at www.therhino.org/buy.htm or by calling 1-800- 838-3006. (Previews are pay-what-you-wish.)