Road Show

  • Date:
    November 1, 2008

    What the press had to say.....

    "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."
    Ben Brantley
    New York Times

    "A low-key and modest production." & "The show�s bigger sticking point is that it�s built around colorful characters who emerge as pale to the point of being bleached." & "To his credit, Doyle has cast �Road Show� without a pothole, from leading men to ensemble players."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "A major disappointment." & "Weidman's narrative is loose and disjointed, and we feel no emotional involvement in either its characters or situations." & "One hesitates to criticize a new Sondheim show, as it may well be hailed as a masterpiece a couple of decades down the line upon its inevitable Roundabout revival. But it's hard not to wish that this too-long dormant composer had moved onto other things."
    Frank Scheck
    New York Post

    ""Road Show" is unable to make the Mizners as fascinating as they doubtless were. It remains a seriously ailing proposition for which Doyle has served as overeager gravedigger."
    John Simon

    "In fact, the 100-minute chamber musical is small and sweet and relatively slight. Despite the themes of greed and the betrayals and that ol' demon cocaine, "Road Show" is that rare creature from the genius who gave us, for starters, "Sweeney Todd" and "Sunday in the Park With George": a light musical comedy."
    Linda Winner

    "It isn�t terrible; it�s just not very interesting." & "The Mizners� tale is also kept distant by the stylized presentation, which looks at the brothers� lives with a sardonic wink. Add in the fact that the two men are unlikable, with little charm, and you have a recipe for keeping audience involvement at the bare minimum." & "The show begins with a lively tune that was formerly called "Bounce," when that was the title of the show. It�s now called "Waste." That doesn�t refer to the long journey of the show�s creators, but it could."
    Robert Feldberg
    The Record

    "This small show remains oddly tentative. There is an unfinished quality about it."
    Jacques le Sourd
    Journal News

    "Money showers the stage like confetti in "Road Show," the exhilarating Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical that finally has surfaced in New York after a long, arduous journey that included several different titles, directors and casts....But persistence has paid off, at least for the show's creators. They have put together a small show about big ideas, an intelligent, fascinating examination of the American psyche, both good and bad."
    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    ""Road Show" could have used more emotional texture and lucidity in papering its themes onto the brothers' post-mortem, but it's an alluring odyssey, and the Public Theater deserves credit for finally giving New York audiences the chance to experience it. Imperfect as the show is, nobody who cares about musical theater should miss it."
    David Rooney