This production began performances on 21st November 2022 and closed on 21st January 2023.
Intoxicating. Revelatory. They said it couldn't be done. But they've done it. And not only merrily. Magnificently.
The Washington Post
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's staging brings the intelligence of the songs fully alive. And with Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez as the show's central trio of backward-tumbling friends, it is perfectly cast.
The New York Times
Featuring music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by George Furth, and based on the original play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart. Directed by Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman and choreographed by Tim Jackson, Merrily 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).
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.
A masterpiece. I watched director Maria Friedman's stunning, revelatory production through a kind of moist-eyed haze, mind racing, heart beating and all that stuff.
MARIA FRIEDMAN – Director
SOUTRA GILMOUR – Scenic & Costume Designer
AMITH CHANDRASHKER – Lighting Designer
KAI HARADA – Sound Designer
COOKIE JORDAN – Hair & Wig Designer
JONATHAN TUNICK – Orchestrations
CATHERINE JAYES – Music Supervisor
ALVIN HOUGH, JR. – Music Director
JIM CARNAHA, CSA & JASON THINGER, CSA – Casting