Stephen Sondheim began work on a musical based on the book The Legendary Mizners (The true story of Addison and Wilson Mizner’s adventures from the beginning of the 20th century during the Alaskan Gold rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1920s) in 1953. Who would’ve thought it would take fifty-five years, multiple workshops and productions, long lasting multi-million dollar lawsuits and counter-suits (finally dismissed by the New York Supreme Court), many cut songs and rewrites, adding and removing characters, several different casts and three additional titles (Gold!, Wise Guys and Bounce) before finally, in 2008, at The Public Theatre in New York and under its final title, Road Show, it officially became Sondheim’s most recent show. And another five years of letters and phone calls before we could obtain the rights to proudly bring it to you as the final show of our 2014-2015 season!
Adapted from Homer’s 11th Century BC epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, The Golden Apple however, takes place at the turn of the 20th Century, in Washington State, near Mt. Olympus, in the small town of Angel’s Roost. Everyone is thrown into confusion when Menelaus’s wife, Helen, runs off with a traveling salesman (in town to judge an apple pie contest) named Paris. Ulysses, just returned from the Spanish- American War, is already restless and goes to retrieve Helen, leaving his wife Penelope for a ten-year adventure. Entirely through-sung, in styles ranging from operetta to calypso to jazz (“Lazy Afternoon”), The Golden Apple was one of the very first musicals to open Off-Broadway. This mash-up of eras, styles and locales transferred to Broadway only a month later and won the 1955 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.
A fusion of mistaken identity, fast-paced hilarity, confusion, romance, and passion: all that is TRIUMPH OF LOVE; a 1997 chamber musical based on Marivaux’s classic 1732 commedia dell’arte play about Greece in the 5th century. TRIUMPH OF LOVE received three Drama Desk Award nominations and a Tony nomination for Betty Buckley who originated the role of Hesione.
Based on the 1957 movie of the same name, Sweet Smell of Success tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist named J.J. Hunsecker (based on famed New York columnist Walter Winchell) who uses his connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. Sweet Smell garnered 7 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.