Merrily We Roll Along

Hey Old Friend… Join some of the Great White Way’s most talented performers as 54 Below honors this great Stephen Sondheim score for one night only! It may have only run for a few weeks, but Merrily We Roll Along continues to fascinate & inspire, especially amongst Broadway folk. It’ll be just Like it Was! [...]

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On Oct. 23rd, more people saw the musical version of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG than at any time in its 32-year-history. No fewer than 465 cinemas around the nation were broadcasting the production that the Menier Chocolate Factory in London had mounted. In 1981, would anyone have expected this from a show that closed on [...]

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It only ran 63 days in 2002, but THE LAST FIVE YEARS has lasted far longer than the last 11 years. online writing service Jason Robert Brown’s musical, which has had countless productions around the country, is now enjoying a first-class revival at Second Stage in New York City. It must be the production that [...]

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Thirty-one years ago this week, Broadway saw the last of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Granted, the then-new 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical had a hard act to follow: SWEENEY TODD, the 1979 musical (or opera, if you insist) that most everyone agrees is the composer-lyricist’s masterpiece. So MERRILY closed – after 16 performances. While word-of-mouth during [...]

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You’ve produced every one of the musicals that Stephen Sondheim has written. As a result, you’ve educated your audiences to know what to expect from the 20th century’s greatest musical theater composer-lyricist: the unexpected. YOU'RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW is a good piece for you to do if theaters in neighboring towns have recently done SIDE [...]

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MTI CEO Freddie Gershon, and wife Myrna, have partnered with the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to create and fund a grant program to reward outstanding teachers in honor of their friend, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.  According to the Washington Examiner, “The Kennedy Center-Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards announced Tuesday will award $10,000 grants [...]

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This is the second of a weekly series analyzing Sondheim musicals, in preparation for his 80th birthday on March 22. The first, on wealth and happiness in SATURDAY NIGHT, can be read here. “Dreams don’t die, so keep an eye on your dream,” urges the opening lines of the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical, MERRILY WE [...]

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