Jim and I just got back from the Public Theater, where we saw “Road Show,” the latest Sondheim show. Well, not quite the latest; this has been rewritten and restaged several times, apparently, once under the title of Bounce. And we could see why; while the actors were great, and the staging fine, and the music was, well, Sondheim, the story didn’t seem to have a much point – it was about two brothers, one of whom seemed to be a total jerk — he pops in and out of his brother’s life, ruining things for him and everyone else he comes across, and then they both die. Not much point.
Also, I heard at least one song very like one of Sondheim’s songs in “Assassins” and both Jim and I were reminded at several points of “Into the Woods” as well.
But despite the strangely problematic plot, we had a good time.