Previews have begun for the UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, presented by the Union Theatre and Phil Willmott Company (press nights are Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February).
At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and the thoughtful, unambitious Addison off to make their fortune. The ill-matched pair embark on the story of their lifetime across the US, stopping off at some of the key moments which shaped modern America. A moving story of love, antagonism and reconciliation between two brothers, events in Road Show mirror a mighty nation in transition.
Prominently featuring a romance between Addison and an idealistic young male artist, Road Show also includes Sondheim’s first openly gay characters and one of his most haunting love songs, notably sung by one man to another.
The cast includes: Howard Jenkins (Addison Meisner), Andre Refig (Wilson Meisner), Steve Watts (Pappa Meisner), Cathryn Sherman (Mamma Meisner) and Joshua LeClaire (Hollis); with Cameron Hay, Amy Perry, Amy Reitsma, Phil Sealey, Laura Jade Clark, Damian Robinson, Sam Sugarman, Alexander McMoran, Jonny Rust and Christina Thornton.
Road Show is the latest production in the Union’s long association with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. It is director Phil Willmott’s first production of the celebrated composer/lyricist’s work following an acclaimed revival of Finian’s Rainbow which transferred to central London and the transfer from Liverpool Playhouse of his own musical Once Upon a Time At the Adelphi.
Also in the creative team are musical director Richard Baker, choreographer Thomas Michael Voss, casting director Adam Braham, set/costume designer Jessica Phillips, lighting designer Jack Weir, sound designer James Nicholson and producer Sasha Regan.
Road Show runs at the Union Theatre until 5 March 2016.