Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, and Daniel Radcliffe-Led Merrily We Roll Along Begins Off-Broadway November 21
The already-extended Stephen Sondheim and George Furth revival plays New York Theatre Workshop.
Off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop welcomes Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel), and Daniel Radcliffe (The Lifespan of a Fact) in Merrily We Roll Along, beginning performances November 21. The revival of the Stephen Sondheim–George Furth musical will officially open December 12, and, following a previously announced extension, continue through January 21, 2023.
Groff, Mendez, and Radcliffe lead the cast as composer Franklin Shepard, writer Mary, and playwright-lyricist Charley, respectively. The relationships between the lifelong friends are explored across three decades in reverse chronological order. With a book by George Furth, adapted from the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play of the same name, and a score by Stephen Sondheim, the score features such favorites as “Old Friends,” “Now You Know,” “Franklin Shepard, Inc.,” “Good Thing Going,” and “Not a Day Goes By.”
Also in the cast are Sherz Aletaha (Man of La Mancha) as Scotty/Mrs. Spencer/Auditionee, Krystal Joy Brown (Hamilton) as Gussie, Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked) as Beth, Leana Rae Concepcion (Comfort Women) as Newscaster/Waitress/Auditionee, Carter Harris (Only Murders in the Building) and Colin Keane (Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin) alternating as Frank Jr., Corey Mach (Kinky Boots) as Tyler/Make-Up Artist, Talia Robinson (Dear Evan Hansen) as Meg, Reg Rogers (Tootsie) as Joe, Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Baby) as Dory/Evelyn, Brian Sears (The Book of Mormon) as Photographer/Bunker, Christian Strange (The Butcher Boy) as RU/Newscaster/Reverend, Vishal Vaidya (Love Life) as Jerome, Natalie Wachen (RENT) as KT, and Jacob Keith Watson (Carousel) as Terry/Mr. Spencer.
Directed by four-time Olivier winner Maria Friedman, the production features choreography by Tim Jackson (Stepping Out), music supervision by Catherine Jayes (The Color Purple), music direction by Alvin Hough, Jr. (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), scenic and costume design by Soutra Gilmour (& Juliet), lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker (The Lucky Ones), sound design by Kai Harada (Mr. Saturday Night), and fight and intimacy direction by Dave Anzuelo (The Great Society). Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger, with additional casting by Taylor Williams. Jhanaë K-C Bonnick (Slave Play) serves as stage manager.
Friedman first staged this production at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 prior to its transfer to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre, where it won the Olivier for Best Musical. Following its London success, the production had a 2017 run at Boston’s Huntington Theatre. The revival is presented by special arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions, Menier Chocolate Factory, and Patrick Catullo.
Merrily We Roll Along marks Radcliffe’s first return to Off-Broadway theatre since performing in Privacy at The Public in 2016.
For tickets and more information, visit NYTW.org.