Encores! Off-Center Road Show
About Road Show
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-performing gems each explore and re-examine the concept of the American Dream.