Road Show

March 13

May 4, 2014

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by John Weidman
directed by Gary Griffin

Highly recommended! Fierce, funny, and heartbreaking… a revelation

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

On the heels of his widely acclaimed Gypsy earlier this season, Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin returns to the genius of Stephen Sondheim with Road Show. Get-rich-quick schemes fuel this freewheeling musical adventure of two gifted, mismatched, endearing charmers: brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner—one a dutiful entrepreneur, the other a hotshot opportunist. The two men’s pursuit of the American Dream spans forty years—from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s. With great depth and musicality, this exceptional ensemble of actor-musicians invokes the spirit of resilience and reinvention that shaped our American roots.



Video: Road Show Montage

Gallery: Road Show

Audio: Road Show: Preamble by Ira Murfin - April 13, 2014


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A Scholar's Perspective

Sondheim’s fascination with the Mizner brothers, which he describes as a “mild, if sporadic, obsession,” contains its own saga.
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Video: Sondheim at Chicago Shakespeare

Director Gary Griffin and Hedy Weiss discuss Gypsy and Road Show with the music directors of each show.
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Open Door Programs

This free series of audience enrichment programs offers introductory and in-depth studies of ideas embodied in the play.
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The Players

Creative Team

Stephen Sondheim Music and Lyrics

John Weidman Book

Gary Griffin Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Mara Blumenfeld Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Ray Nardelli Sound Designer

Michael Mahler Music Director

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer


Larry Adams Papa Mizner, Ensemble

McKinley Carter Myra Yerkes, Eva Stotesbury, Ensemble

Matt Deitchman  Piano, Ensemble

Jim DeSelm  Stanley Ketchel, Servant, Winthrop Tippet, Ensemble

Anne Gunn Mama Mizner, Mrs. Cosden, Ethel Mudd, Ensemble

Derek Hasenstab Prospector, The Businessman, Paul Armstrong, Real Estate Agent, Edward Stotesbury, Ensemble

Robert Lenzi Jockey, Hollis Bessemer, Ensemble

Regina Leslie Sophie Wanamaker, Boca Girl, Ensemble

Michael Aaron Lindner Addison Mizner

Jake Mahler Mr. Cosden, Excited Man, Ensemble

Andrew Rothenberg Wilson Mizner

Bri Sudia Mrs. Trumbauer, Mary Monahan, Ensemble

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