CST Kicks Off Sondheim Double Bill
In February, Chicago Shakespeare kicks off its Sondheim double bill of Gypsy and Road Show—called one of the most anticipated “entertainment highlights of 2014” by the Chicago Sun-Times. At this month’s first rehearsal, the artists of both productions met together and, with CST staff gained insight into the paired productions from the director and his design team. Side by side, Gypsy and Road Show reveal the American pioneer spirit through the lens of two, real-life family journeys. The stories behind both first captivated Sondheim early in his career, although audiences have only recently come to know his newest musical Road Show. Sondheim’s lasting fascination with the themes and time period present in both works has intrigued Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin, who believes that the pairing could allow the musicals to inform one another and shed new light on each piece.