MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is the heartbreaker of Sondheim musicals, looking at how the best of friends lose their way as they fight to win at life. It follows a trio of friends – composer Franklin Shepard, his writing partner lyricist Charley Kringas and upcoming novelist Mary Flynn. The three are primed to change the world through words and music, however success has a way of opening doors that take them further away from what – and who – they love. Famously told in reverse, Merrily We Roll Along is an emotional detective story that investigates how grown-up sellouts are forged from wide-eyed poets.
Merrily We Roll Along brilliantly blends the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. With a brilliant “Broadway-style” score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavour, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
Produced by the award-winning producers of Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, Luckiest Productions, Merrily We Roll Along is directed by Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors), choreographer Andrew Hallsworth (Muriel’s Wedding, Sweet Charity) and musical director Lucy Bermingham (In the Heights, Caroline, Or Change).
One of Australia’s finest leading ladies, Elise McCann (Matilda, Everybody Loves Lucy) will take the stage as Mary Flynn. The role of Charley will be played by Broadway actor Ainsley Melham (Aladdin, Pippin). Andrew Coshan (MTC’s A View from the Bridge) will perform the role of Franklin Shepard. Georgina Hopson (Ragtime, West Side Story) will play the role of Gussie while Aaron Tsindos (Muriel’s Wedding, Shakespeare In Love) takes on the role of Joe. Tiarne Sue Yek plays the role of Beth while Vidya Makan Madon (SIX) will perform the roles of KT and Meg and Evan Lever (Muriels Wedding) as Jerome and others.
The award winning musical is running from June 23rd 2021 until December 9th at the Hayes Theatre Co. in Sydney.
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