New York Theatre Workshop has extended its upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. The production, which begins previews Off-Broadway November 21 prior to an official opening December 12, was originally set to close January 8, 2023. The production has now been extended by two weeks through January 21.
Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) will star as Charley in the revival alongside Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Hamilton) as Franklin Shepard and Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked) as Mary Flynn.
Olivier winner Maria Friedman (High Society) will direct the musical, leading a creative team that also includes choreographer Tim Jackson (Stepping Out), music supervisor Catherine Jayes (The Color Purple), music director Alvin Hough, Jr. (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), scenic and costume designer Soutra Gilmour (& Juliet), lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker(The Lucky Ones), sound designer Kai Harada (Mr. Saturday Night), and Dave Anzuelo (The Great Society) as fight and intimacy director. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger, with additional casting by Taylor Williams. Jhanaë K-C Bonnick (Slave Play) will serve as stage manager.
Tickets for the run will go on sale October 3 at noon ET. The production has also announced a partnership with TodayTix. NYTW will offer all tickets for the first two performances plus a limited number of tickets to all other regular performances for $25 via CHEAPTIX Digital Lottery.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along is based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
Told in reverse chronological order, the musical explores the relationships between composer Franklin Shepard and his lifelong friends Charley, a lyricist and playwright, and Mary, a writer, across three decades. The musical features the Sondheim favorites "Old Friends," "Now You Know," "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Good Thing Going," and "Not A Day Goes By."
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Friedman first directed the show at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 prior to its transfer to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre, where it won the Olivier for Best Musical. Following its London success, the production had a 2017 run at Boston's Huntington Theatre.
Merrily We Roll Along marks Radcliffe's first return to Off-Broadway theatre since performing in Privacy at The Public in 2016. His last role on the New York stage was as Jim Fingal in the world premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact on Broadway in 2018.
NYTW's Merrily is presented by special arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions, the Menier Chocolate Factory, and Patrick Catullo.
Take a look at Friedman's Merrily We Roll Along during its Boston run: