Merrily We Roll Along

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About Merrily We Roll Along

“Merrily We Roll Along” is a musical comedy based on the 1934 play by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart. The music and lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth.

The musical starts in present day and then time rolls backwards as the story of Franklin Shepard is played out. It starts with Franklin as a successful Hollywood producer, but having abandoned his friends and once promising songwriting career. The musical shows important snapshots of his life that possibly shaped him to who he is today.  

Although it was not originally a hit, it has been revised and revived through the years. Revivals have been produced in San Diego, Boston, the West End, Off-Broadway, Columbus, Ohio and many other places. The West End production, in 2001, won Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor, and Best Actress. The musical was last revised in 1993... read more about Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along Facts

The last of Harold Prince-Sondheim collaborations until Bounce in 2003

Only ran for 16 performances on Broadway, but had 52 “previews”

Sondheim won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics

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