Merrily We Roll Along
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Based on the original play by
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Directed by Artistic Director Dev Bondarin

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April 30th – May 23rd

 

What if you could move backwards through time and see how your choices charted your path to the present moment? With an exciting score, humor, idealism, and insight, Merrily We Roll Along starts at the end and ends at the beginning. We see snapshots of twenty years in the lives of Franklin Shepard and his close friends and ponder the show’s central question: “How did you get to be here?”

 

 

Awards

2015 NEW YORK INNOVATIVE AWARD WINNER
Outstanding Production of a Musical

2015 NEW YORK INNOVATIVE AWARD NOMINEE
Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role (Rachel Rhodes-Devey)

Reviews

There are many things to praise about the production…. The actors are wonderful…. The music is gorgeous as one would expect.” – Queens Gazette

The… production, snappily directed by Dev Bondarin and choreographed with inventive energy by Misha Shields, features an able cast, a compelling if depressing story, and above all, Stephen Sondheim’s incredible songs.” – BlogCritics

The cast is universally good.” – Times Ledger

The vibrant cast features standout performances by each of the lead roles, with the superior support of a nimble and versatile ensemble.” – Boro Magazine

For a production of Merrily to work, you need a good trio of leads and smart direction. This production has all that and more.” – Show Showdown

Mosbacher… and Bonino… particularly come into their own in the second half, when they can finally let loose as the characters start aging down.” – TheatreMania

Across the board, this production is well sung, and the cast nails the well-known numbers, like the… big numbers for Charley and Beth, as well as the idealism of “Opening Doors” and “Our Time.” – Theatre is Easy

One of the musical highlights in the production is “Franklin Shepard, Inc.”…. It is knocked out of the park here by Nicholas Park, an actor of enormous invention who threatens to steal every scene he’s in.” – Queens Chronicle

Ms. Bondarin’s production is exemplary for its empathy towards the three leads and the melancholy with which it observes them.” – StageBuddy

Director Dev Bondarin wisely keeps the orchestration and staging to a bare minimum.” – The Upcoming

Photos

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Cast

Nicholas Park* as Charley Kringas

Nicholas Park*
as Charley Kringas

Jack Mosbacher* as Franklin Shepard

Jack Mosbacher*
as Franklin Shepard

Ally Bonino as Mary Flynn

Ally Bonino
as Mary Flynn

Rachael Rhodes-Devey* as Beth Spencer

Rachael Rhodes-Devey*
as Beth Spencer

Greg Horton* as Joe Josephson

Greg Horton*
as Joe Josephson

LilyAnn Carlson* as Gussie Carnegie

LilyAnn Carlson*
as Gussie Carnegie

Alex Akin as Dory, ensemble

Alex Akin
as Dory, ensemble

Christopher Darrin as Franklin Shepard, Jr.

Christopher Darrin
as Franklin Shepard, Jr.

Joseph Bowen* as Mr. Spencer, Terry, ensemble

Joseph Bowen*
as Mr. Spencer, Terry, ensemble

Joanna Carpenter as KT, ensemble

Joanna Carpenter
as KT, ensemble

Audrey Heffernan Meyer* as Mrs. Spencer, ensemble

Audrey Heffernan Meyer*
as Mrs. Spencer, ensemble

Luke Hoback* as Tyler, ensemble

Luke Hoback*
as Tyler, ensemble

Kevin Ray Johnson as Bunker, ensemble

Kevin Ray Johnson
as Bunker, ensemble

Jay Paranada as Scotty, ensemble

Jay Paranada*
as Scotty, ensemble

Jason Pintar as RU, ensemble

Jason Pintar
as RU, ensemble

Anne Wechsler as Meg, ensemble

Anne Wechsler
as Meg, ensemble

Matt Welsh as Jerome, ensemble

Matt Welsh
as Jerome, ensemble

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. EQUITY APPROVED SHOWCASE

Production Staff and Crew

Music Director
Ming Aldrich-Gan
Choreographer
Misha Shields
Assistant Director/
Choreographer
Katharine Pettit
Production Stage Manager
Kathryn Meister
Set Design
Andrea Nice
Lighting Design
Jesse Sheldon
Costume Design
Jennifer Jacob
Sound Design
Arielle Edwards
Props Design
Katie White
Technical Director
Ahsanti Ziths
Associate Costume Designer
Courtney Irizzary
1st Assistant Stage Manager
Scott Pulvirent
Spot Operator
Donna Bungo
Casting Director
Michael Cassara, CSA
Press Agent
Katie Rosin
Kampfire Films PR
2nd Assistant Stage Manager/
Wardrobe Support
London Griffith
Spot Operator
Jenny Lando
Casting Assistant
Jamie Anderson
Graphic Design
Jaime Vallés
Production Photographer
Michael Dekker

Videos

Blogs

It Started Out With a Director’s Chair: Reflections on Merrily

In her blog post, Artistic Director Dev Bondarin reflects on time spent with MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, from her time with the show in college to APAC’s current production.

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It All Started with a Pin….

In her blog post, Merrily‘s costume designer, Jennifer Jacob, conveys her excitement for dressing a show that spans twenty years of fashion and explains some of the more serendipitous moments of being a costume designer.

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That’s How We Roll

In this week’s blog post, actor Matt Welsh gives some insight into the preparation of an actor for a show such as Merrily We Roll Along, the forces at play in some of his choices, and the hilarious and touching influences on his life as an artist.  Read More

Press

Exclusive Coverage: Inside APAC’s Merrily We Roll Along Talkback – BroadwayWorld

Broadway Radio: “This Week on Broadway

Revival of Merrily We Roll Along at the Astoria Performing Arts Center – Culturadar

Brooklyn-Based Costume Designer Jennifer Jacob Scores in the APAC Revival of Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG – Brooklyn Reader

5 Awesome Reasons to See APAC’s Merrily We Roll Along – We Heart Astoria

Sondheim Comes to APAC – Queens Gazette

Dev Bondarin, Artistic Director/APAC – Leader/Observer

Our Time – James Armstrong, Playwright

Let’s start at the very ending: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ opens tonight at APAC – Times Ledger

See Who’s Starring in Sondheim and Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along As It Returns Off-Broadway – Playbill

Casting Announced for New York Return of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll AlongTheatreMania

APAC Sets Cast for Upcoming Production of Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG – BroadwayWorld

Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along Will Return to New York  – TheatreMania

APAC to Stage Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG This Spring – BroadwayWorld

Talkback

Jennifer Ashley Tepper Headshot

After the 2pm show on Saturday, May 16, we’ve got an intriguing talkback scheduled!  Free with admission to the show, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Director of Programming at 54 Below, will read an anecdote about Merrily We Roll Along from her series of books, The Untold Stories of Broadway, and, with Artistic Director Dev Bondarin, will lead a conversation.

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming at 54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. As the leader of 54 Below’s creative team, Tepper is responsible for programming every show at the Broadway supper club and concert venue. She has curated and overseen the production of over 500 shows, ranging from musicals in concert, to original solo acts, to theatrical reunions, to songwriter celebrations, and beyond. On Broadway, Tepper has worked on shows in directing, producing, and marketing capacities, including [title of show], The Performers, the 2011 revival of Godspell, and the 2013 revival of Macbeth. She has also worked on shows and educational initiatives at off-Broadway and regional theaters, including Second Stage Theatre, Ars Nova, Weston Playhouse, and Goodspeed. Tepper has worked as the Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theatre Yearbook, and is currently on the Artists Board for the Encores! Off-Center series. In addition, she is the co-creator of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute, now in its 5th year. Runs A Minute celebrates short-lived Broadway and off-Broadway musicals in concerts that feature photos, research, and stories from original company members as well as songs. AM New York has called the series: “Artistically compelling… displays the blood, guts, sweat and tears that go into making Broadway shows.” As a writer, Tepper has authored two volumes of The Untold Stories of Broadway series, published by Dress Circle. For these books, Tepper interviewed 250 theatre professionals about the Broadway theaters themselves and their stories of working in each house. The Untold Stories of Broadway partners with a charitable organization that receives proceeds from each volume, and is currently partnered with Broadway Impact and with the Theatre Development Fund. Published in 2013 and 2014, each book has occupied the #1 spot on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List in Broadway & Musicals. NBC New York has called the books an ‘inspiring Must-Read’. Tepper was recently named one of the 10 professionals on Backstage Magazine‘s “1st Annual Broadway Future Power List”, alongside Alex Timbers and Leigh Silverman. According to the article: “Proving herself both a zeitgeist predictor and theatrical historian with her eclectic programming, Tepper is leading the conversation on contemporary musical theatre.”

Merrily We Roll Along
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
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