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FREEZE FRAME: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Original Cast Reunion at ENCORES!

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19 cast members of the original 1981 Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, including leading actors Lonny Price, Ann Morrison and Jim Walton, were reunited at New York City Center for a reception and performance of the City Center Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along yesterday. Check out our exclusive photos of the evening.

Steven Sondheim joined original and Encores! cast onstage during the curtain call.

Original cast members Mana Allen, Donna Marie Asbury, James Bonkovsky, David Cady, Liz Callaway, Daisy Prince Chaplin, Paul Hyams, David Loud, Marc Moritz , Ann Morrison, Abby Pogrebin, Lonny Price Forest D. Ray, Janie Scott, Tom Shea, David Shine, Gary Stevens, Jim Walton, Terry Finn and Maryrose Wood met at City Center yesterday afternoon for a reception with City Center's Encores! cast, before attending the evening performance.

The Encores! production features Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Stanley, Betsy Wolfe, Adam Grupper and Zachary Unger.

Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, is a musical about friendship and the compromise of youthful ideals, based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The show moves backwards in time from 1980 to 1955 and examines the lives of three people whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate. It charts the rise of a songwriting team during the years of Sondheim's own early career and includes some of his most brilliant and bruising songs, such as "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends," "Our Time" and "Opening Doors." Merrily We Roll Along will run February 8 – 19, 2012.

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Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

FREEZE FRAME: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Original Cast Reunion at ENCORES!

FREEZE FRAME: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Original Cast Reunion at ENCORES!
Members of the Original Broadway Cast & the Encores! Cast members during the curtain call

FREEZE FRAME: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Original Cast Reunion at ENCORES!
Stephen Sondhein greets members of the Original Broadway cast & the Encores! cast

FREEZE FRAME: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Original Cast Reunion at ENCORES!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.