From “Bounce” to “Road Show” — the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical has got a new name and now an opening date: Nov. 18 at the Public Theater.
The show still tells the story of the Mizner brothers, Wilson and Addison, two men in search of the American dream. They will be played by Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani. Alma Cuervo will play their mother. Preview performances begin Oct. 28.
“Road Show” will be the first new Sondheim musical done in New York since “Passion” in 1994. He and Weidman have been working on the project for some time and with various directors including Harold Prince and Sam Mendes. Besides “Bounce,” its other titles have been “Wise Guys” and, very briefly, “Gold!”
“Bounce” was seen in 2003 in a different production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
“Over the last three years, John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim have done transformative work on the project,” Oskar Eustis, the Public's artistic director, said. “I am confident that the result will be a revelation.”
“Road Show” will be directed by John Doyle, who has directed recent Broadway revivals of Sondheim's “Sweeney Todd” and “Company” as well as last season's John Bucchino-Harvey Fierstein musical, “A Catered Affair.”