Tickets for the DC run range $25-$90. They go on sale Aug. 11 at 10 AM. The phone numbers to call are (800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600.
The show is expected to eventually reach Broadway, though no definite decision on that matter will likely be made until after the Washington run. Given the mixed reviews in Chicago, and the new nature of the project, changes and rewrites are likely before DC.
Bounce is inspired by the lives of the colorful American capitalists-cum-con artists, the Mizner brothers. John Weidman (Sondheim and Prince's collaborator on Pacific Overtures) wrote the libretto of the musical, which has been in development for several years under different producers and in different versions and with different titles.
The Chicago Bounce company of 19 actors, singers and dancers is led by Gavin Creel, Richard Kind, Herndon Lackey, Howard McGillin, Michele Pawk and Jane Powell in the principal roles. The Goodman Theatre production continues performances to Aug. 10.
The show is a said to be a genuine musical comedy, a broad-strokes vision of American ideals and passions, much of it centered on the idea of reinventing yourself (and earning dough). "Bounce launches its characters into a turn of the century American whirlwind, a time of limitless adventure and boundless opportunity for those who have the energy and audacity to seize them," according to Goodman production notes. "Bounce follows the adventures of brothers Addison (played by Richard Kind) and Wilson (played by Howard McGillin) Mizner, taking to heart the advice of their papa, Lansing Mizner (played by Lackey), a man who never missed an opportunity, and Mama Mizner (played by Powell), who bankrolled their first chance to get rich quick. It's the story of American men and women willing to take risks to grab their piece of the dream, of women like Nellie (played by Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk), a Gold Rush dance hall girl who marries well, again and again. It's the story of resilience and invention, of America's ability to 'bounce.'"