On this date 32 years ago, the original Broadway production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along closed after 52 previews and 16 performances. The Playbill Vault highlights vintage Playbills from the show's troubled preview period and notoriously short run.
Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, Merrily We Roll Along opened Nov. 16, 1981, at the Alvin (now Neil Simon) Theatre. Harold Prince directed the production, marking the last Prince-Sondheim collaboration until 2003's Bounce at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
The show received less than favorable reviews, though critics did praise Sondheim's score. "Mr. Sondheim has given this evening a half-dozen songs that are crushing and beautiful - that soar and linger and hurt," wrote Frank Rich in his New York Times review, "but the show that contains them is a shambles." Harsh reviews prompted the production to close after just 16 performances.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You