This musical has a long and complicated history. It began as a New York workshop in October 1999 under the title “Wise Guys” with Nathan Lane and Victor Garber, directed by Sam Mendes. A legal case involving producer Scott Rudin and Weidman and Sondheim held up further production. With major re-writing, the new version opened in Chicago in June 2003, directed by Harold Prince, and re-titled “Bounce”. This version received poor notices and closed after playing Washington in November 2003.
A third version was created - this time running just 90 minutes without an interval - and, under its new name, “Road Show”, it opened off-Broadway on November 18th 2008 (previews from October 28th) and closed on
December 28th. This third version was directed by John Doyle and won the 2009 Obie Award for Music & Lyrics, and the Drama Desk Award for Lyrics.
Tells the true boom-and-bust story of the architect Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson, two of the most colourful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From panning for gold in Alaska to building the city of Boca Raton in Florida, both were driven by the need to succeed - at whatever cost. Unfortunately, this left them with a trail of debts, disastrous relationships (including their own as brothers) and unfulfilled dreams.
After the death of Addison Mizner, people who knew him, including his estranged lover Hollis Bessemer, comment on his life and the way he squandered his talents ("Waste"). Addison's brother Wilson appears and speaks to Addison, who angrily claims that Wilson was the cause of all his failures. Wilson brushes off Addison's anger and reminds him of the days when they were a team. The time shifts to Papa Mizner's death at the beginning of the 20th century. On his deathbed, Papa Mizner charges his sons with the task of using their gifts to shape America ("It's In Your Hands Now"), telling them that there's a "road" for them to follow. Mama Mizner tells the brothers that their family's wealth has been eaten away by Papa's long illness and advises them to seek gold in Alaska; Addison is reluctant, but goes along with Wilson anyway ("Gold!").
In Alaska, the brothers share a sleeping bag and reminisce about their childhood ("Brotherly Love"). Wilson leaves to get supplies while Addison works the claim; away from Addison, Wilson is lured into a game of poker, which he is initially bad at but masters quickly. Addison comes to find him, and is shocked to discover that his brother has become a gambler. Wilson tries to explain his newfound love of taking risks regardless of what's at stake ("The Game"), and Addison is almost convinced, but when Wilson stakes their gold claim in a poker game and wins the saloon in which the game is taking place, the shade of Papa Mizner appears and tells Addison that this was not what he had in mind for his sons.
Addison leaves in disgust with his share of Wilson's winnings and travels around the world searching for business opportunities and a sense of purpose ("Addison's Trip"). All of his ventures fail due to bad luck, and he is left with nothing but a collection of souvenirs—but the souvenirs inspire him to take up architecture (so that he can design a house in which to show them off). Meanwhile, Wilson's businesses in Alaska have failed, and he comes south in the hopes of getting help from Addison. Addison has only just begun to practice as an architect, and Wilson seduces and marries his first client, a rich widow, and fritters away her money on various flashy endeavours, including promoting fixed boxing matches and horse races ("That Was A Year"). Although Wilson's various partners lose out by being associated with him, they remain fond of him because of the verve and energy with which he lives. Even Mama Mizner, who is being looked after by Addison and never receives any visits from Wilson, enjoys reading about Wilson's exploits, saying that she can live through him ("Isn't He Something!"). Only Addison remains uncharmed by Wilson, and when Wilson finally comes back, his resources exhausted, intending to ask Addison for help, he finds that Mama has died in his absence. Addison angrily throws Wilson out of the house.
Later, there is a land boom in Florida ("Land Boom!"). Addison decides to travel to Palm Beach to take advantage of the many rich people settling there who will be needing to have houses built. On the train he meets Hollis Bessemer, with whom he is instantly smitten. Hollis explains his situation: he is the son of a wealthy industrialist, but he has been cut off by his father for refusing to enter the family business. His real passion is art, and although he is not himself talented enough to become an artist, he dreams of creating an artists' colony in Palm Beach with the help of his aunt, who is staying there in a hotel ("Talent").
Hollis and Addison arrive at Palm Beach, and Addison shows Hollis's aunt a plan for a house he proposes to build for her. Impressed, she agrees and offers to sponsor Hollis's artists' colony. However, Hollis and Addison, now lovers, are too busy designing resort homes for the rich ("You") and enjoying each other's company ("The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened") to follow up on Hollis's original plan—until Wilson arrives at Hollis and Addison's house, destitute and sick ("The Game [Reprise]"). Addison reluctantly takes him in, and when Wilson has recovered he begins to work on Hollis, persuading him to be a patron to his newest scheme: to build a brand-new city in Boca Raton with Wilson as promoter and Addison as chief architect ("Addison's City").
But Wilson's conman instincts resurge, and he promotes the Boca Raton real estate scheme with increasingly extravagant and eventually fraudulent claims, creating a price bubble ("Boca Raton"). Addison goes along with this, and it is Hollis who finally puts a stop to both the real estate scheme. He asks Addison choose between him and Willie, and Addison, brought to a state of desperation by all that has happened, drives Hollis away by telling him that he had never loved him. Addison tells Wilson to get out of his life ("Get Out"), but Wilson responds by saying that Addison doesn't actually want Wilson to go because he loves him too much ("Go"). Addison admits that he does love Wilson, but he still wants him to go. Wilson finally leaves for good.
But not quite, for in the finale (returning to the first scene) all the characters leave the stage except for Wilson and Addison, and Wilson realises that he, too, has died. They bicker halfheartedly but their differences no longer mattering enough to keep them apart. Confronted by their father, they shrug off his criticisms and the brothers set out together on the road to eternity—or, as Wilson calls it, "the greatest opportunity of all." "Sooner or later," he says "We're bound to get it right."
Le dernier, en date, musical composé par Sondheim qui aura au cours de son développement eu trois titres: "Wise Guys" suivi de "Gold" pour enfin terminer par "Bounce".
The musical premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop from October through November 1999 under the title Wise Guys. It was directed by Sam Mendes and starred Nathan Lane and Victor Garber as brothers Addison Mizner and Wilson Mizner. A legal case involving Scott Rudin and Weidman and Sondheim held up further production.
Substantially rewritten and retitled Bounce, the show opened on June 20, 2003 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The production was directed by Harold Prince, with choreography by Michael Arnold, set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Miguel Angel Huidor, and lighting design by Howell Binkley The cast starred Richard Kind (Addison Mizner), Howard McGillin (Wilson Mizner), Jane Powell (Mama Mizner), Herndon Lackey (Papa Mizner/Businessman/Englishman/Plantation Owner/Armstrong/Real Estate Owner), Gavin Creel (Hollis Bessemer), and Michele Pawk (Nellie).
The musical then ran at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in October and November 2003 with the Chicago cast. It received mixed–to–negative reviews and was not produced in New York. A private reading of Bounce was held at the Public Theater on February 6, 2006. Playbill reported that Eric Schaeffer directed, with Richard Kind and Bernadette Peters among the cast.
A new production of the musical, titled Road Show, rewritten without an intermission and without the leading female character of Nellie (who had been added for 2003 production), opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theatre's Newman Theater in previews on October 28, 2008, officially opening on November 18, and closing December 28, 2008. John Doyle was the director and designer, with Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani playing brothers Wilson and Addison Mizner respectively, Alma Cuervo as Mama, Claybourne Elder as Hollis, and William Parry as Papa. This production won the 2009 Obie Award for Music and Lyrics. and the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics (Sondheim).
The title changes reflect the creators' attempts to hone the show's story and themes. "Ideally the title is connected to what we hope the show is about," Weidman says.
The musical opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London in previews on June 24, 2011, officially on July 6 and closed on September 18. John Doyle was the director and designer, with a cast featuring Michael Jibson, David Bedella and Jon Robyns.
As presented in 2003 as Bounce, Kennedy Center
Bounce – Wilson, Addison
Opportunity – Papa, Mama
Gold! – Prospector, Wilson, Mama, Addison, Alaskans
Gold! (Reprise) –
What's Your Rush? – Nellie
The Game – Wilson
Next to You – Addison, Wilson, Mama
Addison's Trip (Around the World) – Addison, Salesman, Guatemalans, Servants
The Best Thing That Ever Happened – Wilson, Nellie
I Love This Town - Wilson, Nellie, Addison and Company
Alaska – Mrs. Yerkes, Wilson §
New York Sequence - Wilson, Nellie, Reporters, Photographer, Ketchel, Armstrong, Jockey, Gamblers, Policeman, Wilson's Women §
Isn't He Something? – Mama
Bounce (Reprise) – Addison,the cast.
The Game – Addison, Nellie, Wilson, Promoter
Talent – Hollis
You – Addison, Hollis, Aristocrats
Addison's City – Hollis, Wilson, Nellie, Addison
Get Rich Quick - Company
Boca Raton – Boca Girl, Sportsmen, Fashion Models, Yachtsmen, Caruso, Salvador Dalí, Wilson, Addison, Nellie, Hollis, Prospector, Varmints, Bobby Jones, Mae West, Princess Ghika, Chorus §
Last Fight – Addison, Wilson
Bounce (Reprise) – Wilson, Addison
§ In Chicago production, not in Kennedy Center
As presented in 2008 as Road Show, performed in one act
Waste – Full Company
It's in Your Hands Now – Papa
Gold! – Full Company
Brotherly Love – Addison, Wilson
The Game – Wilson
Addison's Trip – Full Company
That Was a Year – Full Company
Isn't He Something! – Mama
Land Boom! – Real Estate Agent
Talent – Hollis
You – Full Company
The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened – Addison, Hollis
The Game (Reprise) – Wilson
Addison's City – Addison, Hollis, Wilson
Boca Raton – Full Company
Get Out – Addison
Go – Wilson
Finale – Addison, Wilson
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Bounce (1999-10-New York Theatre Workshop-Off Broadway) Pre Broadway Run 1 (Wise Guys)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: New York Theatre Workshop (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 29 October 1999
Dernière: 20 November 1999Mise en scène : Sam Mendes • Chorégraphie : Jonathan Butterell • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Wilson Mizner ... Victor Garber / Reporter ... Christopher Fitzgerald / Addison Mizner ... Nathan Lane / Papa Mizner ... William Parry / Mama Mizner ... Candy Buckley / Prospector ... Kevin Chamberlin / Poker Player ... William Parry, Ray Wills, Kevin Chamberlin, Brooks AshmanskasCommentaires : Le spectacle a alors été créé sous le nom de "Wise Guys" et cette série devait déboucher sur Broadway: une date en avril avait même été avancée. Un théatre était réservé et le décor construit. Sondheim lui-même écrivit un article dans le NY Times pour annoncer l'arrivée de Wise Guys. Mais ce workshop au New York Workshop, avec Nathan Lane et Victor Garber dans les rôles principaux, ne s'est pas révélé satisfaisant. Sondehim et Weidman n'aimaient pas le résultat et les producteurs pensaient qu'il fallait encore travailler au spectacle. Beaucoup pensère qu'il en était fini de 'Wise Guys'. Les vraies causes de cette débacle étaient nombreuses. Certains prétendirent que a faute en incombait à Sam Mendes dont la vision du spectacle était opposée à celle de Sondheim et Weidman.
Bounce (2003-06-Goodman Theatre-Chicago) Pre Broadway Run 2Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Goodman Theatre (Chicago - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : 7 previews - 47 représentationsPremière Preview : 20 June 2003
Première: 30 June 2003
Dernière: 10 August 2003Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Michael Arnold • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Wilson Mizner ... Victor Garber / Addison Mizner ... Nathan Lane
Bounce (2003-10-Kennedy Center for PA-Washington) Pre Broadway Run 3Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : 32 représentationsPremière Preview : 21 October 2003
Première: 30 October 2003
Dernière: 16 November 2003Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Michael Arnold • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Avec: Addison Mizner: Richard Kind - Wilson Mizner: Howard McGillin - Nellie: Michele Pawk - Hollis Bessemer: Gavin Creel - Mama Mizner: Jane Powell - Papa Mizner: Herndon Lackey
Road Show (2008-11-Public Theatre : Newman-Off Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Public Theatre - Newman (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : 28 October 2008
Première: 18 November 2008
Dernière: 28 December 2008Mise en scène : John Doyle • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Addison Mizner - Alexander Gemignani / Wilson Mizner - Michael Cerveris / Hollis Bessemer - Claybourne Elder / Mama Mizner - Alma Cuervo / Papa Mizner - William Parry / Ensemble - Aisha de Haas, Colleen Fitzpatrick, David Garry, Mylinda Hull, Mel Johnson, Jr., Orville Mendoza, Anne L. Nathan, Tom Nelis, Matthew Stocke, Katrina Yaukey, William Youmans and Kristine ZbornikCommentaires : This production won the 2009 Obie Award for Music and Lyrics and the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics (Sondheim).Presse : Brantley in his review of the 2008 production, praised Ceveris and Gemignani, but declares that, "The problem is that this musical’s travelogue structure precludes its digging deep. It hints at dark and shimmering glories beneath the surface that it never fully mines. Like its leading characters, 'Road Show' doesn’t quite know what to do with the riches at its disposal."
Road Show (2011-07-Menier Chocolate Factory-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Menier Chocolate Factory (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : 24 June 2011
Première: 06 July 2011
Dernière: 18 September 2011Mise en scène : John Doyle • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: David Bedella (Wilson Mizner), Michael Jibson (Addison Mizner), Jon Robyns (Hollis Bessemer), Gillian Bevan (Mama Mizner),
Glyn Kerslake (Papa Mizner), Adrian der Gregorian, Fiona Dunn, Sarah Ingram, Julie Jupp, Elizabeth Marsh, Christopher Ragland, Robbie Scotcher, Phil WrigleyCommentaires : The Sunday Times summed it up with: "This production will do nothing to change your mind about Sondheim. Those who like him will like it. Those who don’t, won’t.”
Road Show (2016-02-Union Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 mois Nombre : Première Preview : 03 February 2016
Première: 03 February 2016
Dernière: 05 March 2016Mise en scène : Phil Willmott • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Howard Jenkins (Addison Meisner), Andre Refig (Wilson Meisner), Steve Watts (Pappa Meisner), Cathryn Sherman (Mamma Meisner), Joshua Leclaire (Hollis), Cameron Hay, Amy Perry, Amy Reitsma Phil Sealey, Laura Jade Clark, Damian Robinson, Sam Sugarman, Alexander Mcmoran, Jonny Rust, Christina Thornton
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