At what point does the pursuit of the American Dream become an empty enterprise? Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show is a larger-than-life account of two brothers—schemer Wilson Mizner (Raúl Esparza) and his more thoughtful sibling Addison (Brandon Uranowitz)—who are fueled by a modest inheritance to stake their claim on a piece of the world.
Their adventure drives them into the throes of the Alaskan gold rush and eventually to balmier weather as they attempt to capitalize on the Florida real estate boom of the early 1900s, with Addison eventually separating from his unscrupulous brother and finding love in partner-muse Hollis Bessemer (Jin Ha).
Yet, though their literal and psychological quest for gold is ultimately ill-fated, after all else is lost the brothers find their bond cannot be broken even in death. Loosely based on a true story, Road Show examines and questions the definition of success.
Road Show is part of the 2019 Encores! Off-Center season along with Promenade and Working: A Musical. These three seldom-performed gems each explore and re-examine the concept of the American Dream. Read more
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Following the Saturday 2pm performance, John Weidman joins Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Anne Kauffman, Director Will Davis and members of the cast to discuss the making of this production.
Before each Encores! Off-Center performance, ticket holders are invited to come early to experience The Lobby Project created by Artists-in-Residence The Civilians.
The Lobby Project is a series of pre-performance events featuring a musical theater performance based around the themes of each Off-Center production. Free for that evening’s ticket holders, The Lobby Project begins one hour before curtain in City Center’s Grand Tier lobby on the second floor.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Music Direction by James Moore
Directed and Choreographed by Will Davis
Starring Chuck Cooper, Raúl Esparza, Jin Ha, Mary Beth Peil, and Brandon Uranowitz.
With Brandon Contreras, Rheaume Crenshaw, Daniel J. Edwards, Marina Kondo, Jay Lusteck, Liz McCartney, Matt Moisey, Shereen Pimentel, Sharone Sayegh, and Vishal Vaidya.
Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Anne Kauffman
Encores! Off-Center Creative Advisor Jeanine Tesori
Encores! Off-Center Music Director Chris Fenwick
75th Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Leadership Support for Encores! Off-Center is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Major Support is provided by
Luigi Caiola and Sean McGill
Elizabeth and Dean Kehler
Paula and Ira Resnick
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Lobby Project is sponsored by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Support for Road Show is provided by
Perry and Marty Granoff
The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund
Support for the Arts Access Fund is provided by
JLGreene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
Support for the Artistic Innovation Fund is provided by
Lisa and Richard Witten