Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" is coming back to Chicago, where it once was "Bounce." And it'll share a season on Navy Pier with "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Henry V," "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Gypsy."
Gary Griffin will direct both of the musicals in the upcoming Chicago Shakespeare Theater season. "Road Show" (which was seen at the New York Public Theatre in 2008 but never on Broadway) will be "reimagined" and staged in the Upstairs Theatre beginning in March 2014. "Gypsy" (for which Sondheim wrote the lyrics) will be staged in the Courtyard Theatre, opening in February. Casting has not yet been announced.
Penny Metropulos will direct "Cyrano" as the centerpiece of the fall season, opening in September. Harry Groener, who previously appeared here in "The Madness of King George III" will play the title role. CST artistic director Barbara Gaines will direct "Merry Wives," opening in December and playing over the holidays.
Following the two musicals in the first part of 2014, CST's mainstage season ends with "Henry V," directed by the British director Christopher Luscombe and beginning performances on Apr. 29, 2014.
Two international productions also were announced. One step at a time likes this, the Australian company responsible for the hit environmental piece "en route," will return to Chicago this fall with a new environmental piece based on Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure." And Kneehigh Theatre, a company from Cornwall, England, will make its first visit to Chicago in the spring of 2014 with "Tristan & Yseult," a modern theatrical production based on a poem from the 12th century.