Bounce Concert for Actors' Fund Set for May 9

News   Bounce Concert for Actors' Fund Set for May 9
Bounce, the new Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical which in 2003 played Chicago and Washington, DC, has not made it to Broadway, but New Yorkers will get one chance this season to hear the score live.

The Actors' Fund of America will present the original cast in a concert evening on May 9, according to an e-mail from the Fund detailing upcoming events. Bounce star Howard McGillin told the audience at the Dec. 18 edition of "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox," that the concert would likely occur in April or May.

"Chatterbox" is a weekly talkfest held at the New York cabaret Don't Tell Mama, hosted by Seth Rudetsky. The shows include interviews and performances from Broadway stars.

No word yet as to when tickets will go on sale.

The Chicago and DC Bounce casts also starred Richard Kind, Michele Pawk, Herndon Lackey, Jane Powell and Gavin Creel.

In mid-November, producer Roger Berlind announced that he would not be bringing Bounce to Broadway. The decision was not unexpected. Several factors pointed to the prospect that the musical would not venture beyond its Kennedy Center engagement—among them, the fact that the score was recorded by Nonesuch out of town Nov. 10-11; and the southern journey taken by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive Nov. 15 to capture the production on tape. Both moves bespoke a belief that Bounce would not venture beyond the Beltway. Also not helping matters were the largely poor reviews the tuner received from D.C. and national critics.

"There will be many productions of Bounce in the years to come, but I will not be moving it," Berlind told Variety. "The actors have dispersed. There are no Broadway theatres available."


Bounce officially opened at the Kennedy Center Oct. 30. It began previews on Oct. 21, following a world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, June 20-Aug. 10.

Bounce is inspired by the lives of the colorful, early-20th-century, American capitalists-cum-con artists, the Mizner brothers, their parents, their loves and their endless capers and schemes.

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