Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Based on the original play by
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
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?”
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)
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 courtesy Michael Dekker
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.
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.
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
Exclusive Coverage: Inside APAC’s Merrily We Roll Along Talkback – BroadwayWorld
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
APAC to Stage Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG This Spring – BroadwayWorld
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.
Merrily We Roll Along
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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