About Road Show


Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman
Co-Directed by Spiro Veloudos and Ilyse Robbins
Music direction by Jonathan Goldberg
Choreography by Ilyse Robbins


Production sponsored by Nina & Don Berk
Co-Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser
Co-Director and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins sponsored by Glenda & Bob Fishman
Music Director Jon Goldberg sponsored by Jo-An Heileman
Orchestra Sponsored by Dick Rousseau

Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
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On his continuing journey through the works of Stephen Sondheim, director Spiro Veloudos brings us Sondheim’s latest work, Road Show, the true boom-and-bust story of two of the most colorful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, entrepreneur Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson were proof positive that the road to the American Dream is often a seductive, treacherous tightrope walk.   As the Guardian said, “Road Show is lyrically witty, musically rich, and has the sardonic satirical appeal of the Sondheim-Weidman Assassins.

“Unquestionably worth the trip!  Emotional richness, a spry score, and fiddle-fast lyrics.” — The Telegraph


Road Show was inspired by a New Yorker article Stephen Sondheim read about the real-life Mizner brothers, Addison and Wilson, who were born in California in the late 1800s. Beginning at the deathbed of their father who encourages them to go out and mold the new nation, the musical spans the globe from the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York, and eventually the real-estate boom of Boca Raton, Florida. Over 40 years, the brothers seek out the amorphous and elusive American Dream through the booms and busts of the early 20th century, with bouts of brotherly love and hate. The musical travelogue takes a close look at the optimism and opportunism of the time through the lens of two ambitious, eccentric, and charming individuals.

Listen to the Cast Recording