Stephen Sondheim’s semi-autobiographical musical turns back the clock on friendship and the high price of success.
Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the authors of the landmark Company reunited to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.
Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals.
Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer, Franklin Shepard, and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad).
The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.
Merrily We Roll Along is a show that crackles with the wit, humour and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City.
With a brilliant “Broadway-style” score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavour, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
The production is supported by The Stephen Sondheim Society.
Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Originally produced on Broadway by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer and Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Music Theatre International: www.mtishows.co.uk
Venue: Elephant SE11
Theatre: Main Space
Thu – Sat: 7.45pm
Running Time: 160 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.