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Merrily We Roll Along
Merrily We Roll Along
Musical

Merrily We Roll Along

New York, NY
Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez star in this revival.
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About Merrily We Roll Along

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez!

Spanning three decades in the entertainment business, Merrily We Roll Along charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends — writer Mary and lyricist & playwright Charley. An inventive, cult-classic ahead of its time, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Stephen Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs. Maria Friedman first directed the musical at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory which subsequently transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre to critical acclaim—the most five-star reviews in West End history—winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

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See worldwide stage and screen star Daniel Radcliffe, Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez, and two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff in the classic Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along. Enter the Lottery for Merrily We Roll Along tickets on TodayTix now.

Merrily We Roll Along is a musical that takes place over the course of 20 years — but in reverse. Audiences meet Frank Shepard (Groff) in the height of his career as a Hollywood movie producer — a far cry from the passionate Broadway composer he once was. Long gone are his ties to his lyricist collaborator, Charley Kringas (Radcliffe), who just won a Pulitzer for his latest play. And hanging by a thread is his friendship with Mary Flynn (Mendez), another old pal saddened by the fact that Frank sold out on the road to commercial success. As we go back in time with each scene, it’s revealed that this torn-apart trio was once inseparable before Frank sacrificed his dreams, his integrity, and his friendships for fame.

This revival of Merrily We Roll Along off Broadway is the latest of many productions in New York and beyond. Merrily We Roll Along actually began as a 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and Sondheim teamed up with George Furth, with whom he also wrote Company, to give it the musical treatment in 1981. Its Broadway premiere was short-lived, but that didn't stop Merrily from becoming a musical theatre classic.

The show has been revived and streamlined multiple times for its revivals, with Sondheim himself even contributing some new songs. The most notable of these was a 1985 production in San Diego and a 1994 Off-Broadway production. The most recent Off-Broadway revival of Merrily We Roll Along was an acclaimed one in 2019 with Roundabout Theatre Company and Fiasco Theater, who had produced Sondheim's Into the Woods in 2015.

The musical has also attracted lots of celebrity cast members: Victor Garber starred in the 1994 production, Lin-Manuel in a 2012 NYC concert, and Wayne Brady in a 2016 Beverly Hills production, to name just a few. The 2022 revival of Merrily We Roll Along is equally star-studded. Daniel Radcliffe's career spans stage and screen — since playing Harry Potter, he's appeared in movies like Kill Your Darlings, Swiss Army Man, and Now You See Me 2, and in popular Broadway shows like The Lifespan of a Fact and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Groff and Mendez are well-known stage veterans. Groff is known for originating the roles of Melchior in Spring Awakening and King George III in Hamilton, earning Tony nominations for both. Lindsay Mendez's Tony-winning role as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel is perhaps her most recognizable, but she's also starred in shows like Grease, Wicked, and Godspell on Broadway.

Merrily We Roll Along joins the upcoming Sweeney Todd, the currently running Into the Woods, and last season's Company and Assassins in the ranks of recent Sondheim musical revivals.

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  • The Merrily We Roll Along plot goes in reverse chronological order, and so does the music. The reprises of certain songs appear before their originals in the show, and one song, "Who Wants to Live in New York?", is a "first draft" of an earlier song, "Good Thing Going."
  • Iconic Broadway director/producer Hal Prince directed the original Merrily We Roll Along Broadway production. His wife, Judy, was the one who had the idea to turn the 1934 play into a musical.
  • The original Broadway production featured a cast made up entirely of teenagers and young adults just starting out. They included a young Jason Alexander, Tonya Pinkins, and Lonny Price!
  • New York Theatre Workshop hosted the very first production of Sondheim's final musical, Road Show, in 1999. The show was called Wise Guys at the time.
  • Merrily We Roll Along is getting the film treatment, but we'll have to wait a while. The film, starring Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt, is being filmed in real time over the course of 20 years.
Start date

November 21st, 2022

End date

January 8th, 2023

Genre

Musical

Venue

New York Theatre Workshop

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