The capital is no stranger to the work of Stephen Sondheim and this is most true when applying it to the Menier Chocolate Factory, which regularly stages productions of his work. This tradition continues in 2011 with the announcement that the London Bridge venue is to be the home of “Road Show”, Sondheim's 2003 production that originally went under the name “Bounce” when it was staged in the United States. This time around it is the turn of London theatre audiences to get a look in and they will get to do so with former “Chicago” performer David Bedella in a lead role.
“Road Show” takes audiences back to the first half of the 20th century where they meet the characters of Addison Mizner and Wilson Mizner, whose ambitions revolve around great fortunes to be found in the United States. The pair proved to be the most unique and distinctive personalities ever to set out for success on the other side of the Atlantic, with their absolute desire to succeed propelling them forwards, taking them from one side of the country to the other.
The show's original name, when it was work-shopped in the late 1990s, was “Wise Guys” but it would go through a great many changes before it made its way across the Atlantic. When audiences picked up Theatre Tickets in locations beyond New York in 2003 it had changed to “Bounce” and in this incarnation it had not found the success that it deserved, later changing to “Road Show” when it landed in an Off-Broadway location in 2008. Now it arrives in London and based on the previous successes of the Menier Chocolate Factory there is certain to be a sizeable audience waiting to witness this colourful tale.
Actor David Bedella is an American performer whose recent credit was that of “Chicago” at the Cambridge Theatre. Prior to that he famously appeared as Satan in “Jerry Springer the Opera”, whilst further work has seen him take to the screen in shows like “Holby City”.
He stars alongside Michael Jibson, Jon Robyns, Gillian Bevan, Fiona Dunn, Adrian der Gregorian, Sarah Ingram, Julie Jupp, Glyn Kerslake, Elizabeth Marsh, Christopher Ragland and Robbie Scotcher, with director John Doyle.
“Road Show” is at the Menier Chocolate Factory from Friday 24th June 2011 to Sunday 18th September 2011.
|Booking From:||Friday, 24th June 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 17th September 2011|
|Matinees:||Saturday and Sunday 3:30pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday to Saturday 8pm|
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