54 Sings Merrily We Roll Along Will Feature Harris Doran, Claybourne Elder, Jackie Hoffman, Mandy Gonzalez, Nicholas Rodriguez, Donna Vivino
By Andrew Gans
54 Sings Merrily We Roll Along will be presented at 54 Below May 11 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.
The evenings will feature songs from Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's short-lived but tuneful Broadway musical Merrily We Roll Along.
Starring in the concerts are Harris Doran, Claybourne Elder, Jackie Hoffman, Mandy Gonzalez, Nicholas Rodriguez, Lucia Spina and Donna Vivino with Joe Goodrich, Rob Maitner and Jessica Vosk. The company also features Alison Grace Bradbury, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Eric Michael Gillette, Leah Jennings, Eva Kantor, Charlie Stevens, Kathleen Stuart, Melanie Vaughan and Robin Westle.
"Join some of the Great White Way’s most talented performers as we honor this great Stephen Sondheim score for one night only!" press notes state. "It may have only run for a few weeks, but Merrily We Roll Along continues to fascinate & inspire, especially amongst Broadway folk."
Based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, Merrily We Roll Along features a score by Sondheim and a book by Furth. Concerning the lives of three friends — composer Franklin Shepard, lyricist Charley Kringas and writer Mary Flynn — the musical is told backwards in time and boasts such classic Sondheim tunes as "Like It Was," "Not a Day Goes By," "Good Thing Going," "Now You Know," "Our Time" and "Old Friends."
The musical bowed on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on Nov. 16, 1981, where it ran for only 16 performances. The original cast included Jim Walton, Ann Morrison, Lonny Price, Terry Finn, Jason Alexander, Tonya Pinkins, Daisy Prince and Liz Callaway.
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