Performances of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Begin at Huntington
Director Maria Friedman's production was originally staged in 2012 at the West End's Menier Chocolate Factory.
With a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along travels backward in time over 30 years and charts the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1981 and ran for only 16 post-opening performances. The production is the subject of the new documentary film Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.
Featured in the cast are Mark Umbers (Frank), Damian Humbley (Charley), Eden Espinosa (Mary), Aimee Doherty (Gussie), Christopher Chew (Joe Josephson), Jennifer Ellis (Beth Spencer), Amy Barker (Mrs. Spencer), Robert Saoud (Mr. Spencer), Ceit Zweil (Evelyn), and Cameron Levesque and Brendan Cole O'Brien alternating as Frank Jr.
Other cast members include Jessica Kundla as Meg, Maurice Emmanuel Parent as Bunker, Rebecca Gibel as KT, Pablo Torres as Ru, Patrick Varner as Tyler, Craig Walezkao as Jerome, and Morgan Kirner as the newscaster. Caleb Damschroder, Bransen Gates, and Carla Martinez round out the ensemble.
The creative team features scenic and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, and lighting design by Philip Rosenberg. The production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle. Music direction will be provided by Matthew Stern and choreography by Tim Jackson. The production will feature a live orchestra of nine musicians with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.
Performances continue through October 15.