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Merrily We Roll Along

Based on the play by George Kauffman and Moss Hart, this musical (with book by George Furth) tells of the disintegration of the friendship of successful songwriter Franklin Shepard, his lyricist Charlie Kringas, and novelist Mary Flynn. The action moves backward through time, from 1980 to 1957.

The score is constructed in blocks, so we hear characters' themes at the beginning of the show, seeing throughout the rest of the show how that character developed that theme. For example, in the first scene Frank sings, "It's my time coming through / all my dreams coming true / Gorgeous house, gorgeous wife," indicative of his materialism and superficiality. By the end of that show, we hear the same melody devolve back to its roots as a song of optimism and sincerity. Includes the songs "Our Time," "Good Thing Going," and "Not A Day Goes By."

Original Broadway Production

Opened November 16, 1981, Alvin Theatre
Ran for 16 performances
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
From the Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Produced by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer, and Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines
Directed by Harold Prince
Choreography by Larry Fuller
Set Designed by Eugene Lee
Costumes Designed by Judith Dolan
Lighting Designed by David Hersey
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Musical Direction by Paul Gemignani
Markeup and Hair by Richard Allen
Sound Design by Jack Mann
Casting by Joanna Merlin

Musical Numbers

The Hills of Tomorrow
Merrily We Roll Along
Rich and Happy
Like It Was
Franklin Shepard, Inc.
Old Friends
Not a Day Goes By
Now You Know
It's a Hit!
Good Thing Going
Bobby and Jackie and Jack
Not a Day Goes By (reprise)
Opening Doors
Our Time
The Hills of Tomorrow (reprise)

Cut Songs

Thank You For Coming

Songs Added for Revision

That Frank
Growing Up
The Blob



Original Broadway Cast Recording, 1981 (RCA Victor RCD1-5840)
Leicester Cast Recording, 1992 (TER 1225)
York Revival Cast Recording, 1994 (Varese Sarabande VSD-5548)

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Original Broadway Cast

Franklin Shepard
Jim Walton

Mary Flynn
Ann Morrison

Charley Kringas
Lonny Price

Terry Finn

Jason Alexander

Sally Klein

Franklin Shepard (age 43)
Geoffrey Horne

David Cady

Donna Marie Elio

Ms. Gordon
Maryrose Wood

Alex, Talk Show Host
Marc Moritz

Gwen Wilson
Tonya Pinkins

David Loud

David Shine

Mr. Spencer
Paul Hyams

Mrs. Spencer - Mary Johansen

Daisy Prince

Forrest D. Ray

Tom Shea

Abby Pogrebin

Giancarlo Esposito

George, The Headwaiter
James Bonkovsky

Girl Auditioning
Marianna Allen

Nightclub Waitress
Liz Callaway

Stephen Jacob

Sound Man
Clark Sayre

Gary Stevens

Janie Gleason

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