New York Theatre Workshop announce MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

7 March 2022


Merrily We Roll Along is presented by special arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions, the Menier Chocolate Factory (Artistic Director, David Babani), and Patrick Catullo.

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today that Merrily We Roll Along, featuring music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by George Furth, and based on the original play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart, will complete its 2022/23 Season. Directed by Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman and choreographed by Tim JacksonMerrily We Roll Along is presented by special arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions, the Menier Chocolate Factory (Artistic Director, David Babani), and Patrick Catullo, and will star Daniel Radcliffe as Charley. Merrily We Roll Along is planned for late 2022 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003). Additional details, including the full cast, will be announced at a later date. 

 

Spanning three decades in the entertainment business, Merrily We Roll Along charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends — writer Mary and lyricist & playwright Charley. An inventive, cult-classic ahead of its time, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Stephen Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs. Maria Friedman first directed the musical at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory which subsequently transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre to critical acclaim—the most five-star reviews in West End history—winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical. 

 

NYTW also announced today two new cross-season membership packages, offering a special deal for the remaining 2021/22 season, as well as guaranteeing access to the 2022/23 season. Cross-season memberships (7-Play Premiere for $425 or 7-Play Cross-Season for $335) are on sale now at NYTW.org or by calling 212-460-5475. Early renewal for current members is also available for the 2022/23 season.

 

Merrily We Roll Along will complete the NYTW 2022/23 season. It joins the previously announced productions of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Pulitzer Prize finalist Clare Barron (Dance Nation, You Got Older), directed by Tony Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Sam Gold (Othello, Fun Home); american (tele)visions by Tow Playwright-in-Residence Victor I. Cazares (Pinching Pennies with Penny Marshall), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Rubén Polendo (); 2019 winner of the Yale Drama Prize, How to Defend Yourself by Liliana Padilla (Born 1000 Times), co-directed by Tony Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), Padilla and Helen Hayes Award winner Steph Paul (The Last Match); and The Half-God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles). 

 

 

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power’s The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill's Mad ForestFar AwayA Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith’s The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. NYTW is represented on Broadway with Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, and the upcoming Sing Street, based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, with a book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Gary Clark & John Carney, directed by Rebecca Taichman. NYTW is also represented with the current National Tours of Hadestown and Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, directed by Oliver Butler. 

 

Alongside its artistic and community engagement activities, NYTW is engaged in the essential, sustained commitment of becoming an anti-racist organization in support and affirmation of Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color in its community. In June of 2020, NYTW published its Core Values statement and initial action and accountability steps. In an effort to provide greater transparency, NYTW shares progress updates, further commitments and next steps at nytw.org/accountability

 

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BIOS

 

MARIA FRIEDMAN (Director) made her directorial debut with her highly acclaimed and award-winning production of Merrily We Roll Along, which opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2012, transferred to the West End in May 2013, and opened in Boston in 2017. She went on to direct High Society at the Old Vic in 2015, which was equally well received and then Stepping Out which toured in 2016 and opened in the West End in the spring of 2017. Maria directed A Little Night Music in Japan in the spring of 2018 and Dusty – The Dusty Springfield Musical which premiered at Theatre Royal Bath in the summer of 2018.

 

Maria is best known as a three-time Olivier Award-winning star of the musical stage; the heart of Maria’s career has been centered around the love and work of her dear friend Stephen Sondheim. She has played Dot in Sunday in the Park with Georgeat the National Theatre; Fosca in Passion at the Queen’s (Olivier Award); Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival hall with Bryn Terfel, and Mary in Merrily We Roll Along at the Leicester Haymarket. Additionally, in concert, she has played Sally in Follies and both Charlotte and Petra in A Little Night Music. Maria was honoured to sing for Stephen at his 80th birthday celebrations in New York and Washington, as well as at the special all-Sondheim BBC Prom. Maria’s many international concert appearances include three sell-out seasons at New York’s prestigious Café Carlyle, and many concerts with Michael Legrand and the late Marvin Hamlisch. Most recently, she premiered her new cabaret show “Lenny and Steve” with musical director Jason Carr at the Hippodrome’s Matcham Room. Her most recent recording is Maria Friedman Sings The Great British Songbook on Sepia. Maria has also been presenting for the BBC World Service, recent work includes an exploration of the work of Stephen Sondheim.

 

Merrily We Roll Along won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards 2013, the Oliver Awards 2014 (for which Maria was also nominated for Best Director of a Musical), and the Critic’s Circle Award 2013. Maria has won three Olivier Awards, been nominated for nine and has won an Evening Standard Award.

 

TIM JACKSON (Choreographer) is an acclaimed British director and choreographer working in theatre, opera and television. His choreography is best known for its humour, heart and nuanced response to orchestration. 

 

Tim’s West End choreography credits include Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre, Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival), Cat on A Hot Tin Roof (Apollo Theatre), Saturday Night (Arts Theatre), Kean (Apollo Theatre), Mouthful (Trafalgar Studios), The Stable Gala (Lyric Theatre) and The 40th Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House). Further selected theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along (National Theatre Tokyo, Huntington Theatre Co. & Menier Chocolate Factory); A Little Night Music (Nissay Theatre, Tokyo); Dusty - The Dusty Springfield Musical (UK Tour); Little Shop of Horrors (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); The Season (Royal & Derngate Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (Curve Leicester); Oliver! (Watermill Theatre); The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Copacabana (UK Tour); The Hound of The Baskervilles (UK Tour); Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch & New Wolsey Theatre); If I(Aoyama Theatre, Tokyo); A Christmas Carol and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham REP); Treasure Island(Bolton Octagon); As You Like It (Wirksworth Festival); The Roar Of The Greasepaint - The Smell Of The Crowd (Finborough Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Riverside Studios).

 

Opera credits include La Périchole (Garsington Opera); Le Nozze Di Figaro (Wilton's Music Hall & France Tour) and La Bohème (Middle East Tour). For television, Tim recently staged the BBC's “New Year’s Eve, which was broadcast live at midnight to over 10 million people from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Further television credits include the 41st and 43rd Olivier Awards Ceremonies (BBC One & ITV) and “Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief” (BBC One). He is currently working on a new comedy series for Hat Trick and will be staging the upcoming Olivier Awards for ITV. timjacksoncreative.com @timjcreative

 

DANIEL RADCLIFFE (Charley) stars this month in Paramount's The Lost City alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. He just wrapped production on the Roku original film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. His TBS series “Miracle Workers,” with Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni was recently picked up for a fourth season. Last season the anthology comedy was set along the infamous Oregon Trail, with Radcliffe playing an idealistic small-town preacher. Radcliffe also executive produces. The second season, “Miracle Workers: Dark Ages,” was set in the Medieval Period and starred Radcliffe as the hapless Prince Chauncey desperately trying to live up to his father's (Peter Serafinowicz) high expectations. The second season aired in 2020 while the original season, which saw Buscemi in the role of a weary God and Radcliffe as a low-level angel, aired in 2019. 2020 also saw Radcliffe alongside Ellie Kemper and Jon Hamm in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend,” in which he plays the role of Kimmy's fiancé, Prince Frederick. The interactive special starred Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane, and aired on Netflix in May 2020. Earlier that year Radcliffe returned to London's West End starring in the role of Clov opposite Alan Cumming's Hamm in Samuel Beckett's Endgame at The Old Vic. The Beckett double bill, featuring Jane Horrocks and Karl Johnson, also saw Radcliffe and Cumming star in Rough for Theatre II, with both plays directed by Richard Jones. 2019 also saw the release of the true-life prison break feature Escape From Pretoria in which Radcliffe played the role of Tim Jenkin. Shot on location in Australia, the film is based on Jenkin's autobiography Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison. Radcliffe also starred in the comedic action film Guns Akimbo opposite Samara Weaving, playing Miles, a mild-mannered video game developer who accidentally finds himself starring in his own real-life and violent video game. 

 

Since completing the final installment in the series of eight Harry Potter films in 2010, Radcliffe quickly proved himself a diverse talent. In 2011, he starred in a 10-month sell-out run of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The following year, Radcliffe starred in the horror/thriller The Woman in Black. He also starred opposite Jon Hamm in two seasons of the TV mini-series, “A Young Doctor's Notebook,” a comedy-drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. Other notable film credits include the survivalist film Jungle, in which Radcliffe stars in the true-life story of Yossi Ginsberg who was stranded alone in the Amazon jungle; Now You See Me 2, alongside Michael Caine; A24's indie hit Swiss Army Man with Paul Dano; Imperium, a thriller inspired by real events about white supremacists in America and Sony Pictures Classics' Kill Your Darlings. Radcliffe has also starred opposite James McAvoy in the feature film Victor Frankenstein; opposite June Temple in the horror-thriller Horns and with Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver in the romantic comedy What If. Radcliffe first appeared on stage in 2007 as Alan Strang, playing opposite Richard Griffiths, in Peter Shaffer's Equus. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the play then transferred from London's West End to Broadway in 2008. Radcliffe also starred alongside Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale in the sell-out Broadway production of the acclaimed original play The Lifespan of a Fact. Other Broadway credits include Martin McDonagh's comic masterpiece The Cripple of Inishmaan as Billy, which made its way to Broadway from London's West End, and a sell-out run of Privacy, a timely play about the digital age and technology, at NYC's The Public Theater in 2016. He has also previously won rave reviews for his performance as Rosencrantz, opposite Josh McGuire's Guildenstern, in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic Theatre, London. A lifelong fan of “The Simpsons,” Radcliffe has lent his voice to the show multiple times. First in November 2010, to the brooding vampire named Edmund for the show's "Treehouse of Horror XXI" special entitled "Tweenlight" and to the character Diggs, a new transfer student whom Bart befriends. Radcliffe has also made a guest appearance as himself in the HBO/BBC series “Extras.”