2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
York Theatre Version (1994)
Sondheim's semi-autobiographical musical turns back the clock on friendship and the high price of success.
The authors of the landmark Company
reunite 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. Stephen 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 modest-sized show that crackles with the wit, humor 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
endeavor, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
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Originally approached by legendary author/director George Abbott to pen the score for The Pajama Game, Frank Loesser turned it down, but recommended his two protégés Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the job.