Merrily We Roll Along - A Sondheim TriptychMusic & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart


Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince.

Originally produced on Broadway by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer and Harold Prince in Association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines.

Presented by Magnormos and Melbourne Recital Centre

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27th 8:00pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

 

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCHMERRILY WE ROLL ALONG begins in the past and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shephard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.

 

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCHThe authors of COMPANY reunited to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head with MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - a thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success. With a unique narrative style that begins in the present and moves backwards in time, the story revolves around Franklin Shepard who, having once been a talented Broadway composer, has now abandoned his friends and his songwriting career to become a Hollywood producer.  The milestones of his personal and professional lives are portrayed through a sequence of flashbacks, exploring the turbulence of his relationships and the changing America around him.

 

 

Cast
Franklin:
CHRIS PARKER
Mary:
LAURA FITZPATRICK
Charlie:
STEPHEN WHEAT
Beth:
LISA-MARIE PARKER
Gussie:
HESTER VAN DER VYVER
Joe:
DARREN NATALE
Franklin Jnr:
MITCHELL ROBERTS
Company:
PHOEBE COUPE
ANGELA LUMICISI
EMILY PADDON-BROWN
HELENA PLAZZER

JACOB COOK
JOTI GORE
BEN HUDSON
MARTIN LANE

Musicians
Piano/Conductor:
BEN KILEY
Keyboard:
LOCLAN MACKENZIE-SPENCER
Woodwinds:
RACHEL FERLAZZO
Trumpet:
MILES IZZO
BASS:
NICK CARVER
Drums:

MICHAEL McNAB

Team
Direct
or/Choreography:
SHAUN MURPHY

Musical Director:

BEN KILEY


Design:
CHRISTINA LOGAN-BELL

Lighting Design:

LUCY BIRKINSHAW-CAMPBELL

Photography:
SEBASTIEN ARNOLD


Producer:

AARON JOYNER

Co-Producer:
LAURA KOOMEN

Associate Producer:
SEAN BRYAN

Stage Manager:
GEORGIE CAHILL
Assistant Stage Manager:
GRACE MARSHALL


Visit the page in the Magnormos gallery for the photo album

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH


Thank you to Hal Leonard Australia, The Entertainment Store, Theatre Works,
Sweet As, Chamber Music Australia, Eplot Digital Printing,

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for
Music Theatre International (NY)





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