By Stanford Friedman
When a show’s production history is more gripping than than the show itself, there may be a problem. Such is the case of the musical formerly known as Wise Guys, Gold! and Bounce that has had a long run of short runs over the past two decades. Now the Encores! Off-Center series, at New York City Center, takes their turn at bat with a concert performance starring Broadway veterans Raúl Esparza and Brandon Uranowitz, and featuring a standout number by the great Mary Beth Peil. But in a show that begins with a gold rush and ends with the burst of a real estate bubble, most everything goes downhill.
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Road Show – Book by John Weidman, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Directed and Choreographed by Will Davis
WITH: Chuck Cooper (Papa Mizner), Raúl Esparza (Wilson Mizner), Jin Ha (Hollis Bessemer), Mary Beth Peil (Mama Mizner), Brandon Uranowitz (Addison Mizner), Brandon Contreras, Rheaume Crenshaw, Daniel Edwards, Marina Kondo, Jay Lusteck, Liz McCartney, Matt Moisey, Shereen Pimentel, Sharone Sayegh, and Vishal Vaidya
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Music Direction by James Moore; Donyale Werle, Scenic Design; Clint Ramos, Costume Design; Mark Barton, Lighting Design; Leon Rothenberg, Sound Design; Cynthia Cahill, Production Stage Manager. Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center, 131 West 55th St., 212.581.1212, https://www.nycitycenter.org. July 26 @8pm, July 27 @2pm and 8pm. Running time: 100 minutes, no intermission.