Exclusive Coverage: Inside APAC's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Talkback
Merrily We Roll Along superfan Jennifer Ashley Tepper participated in a talkback Saturday afternoon at the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC)--just seven stops on the N train from Tepper's day job as director of programming at 54 Below. APAC is presenting Merrily We Roll Along through May 23 in a production directed by Dev Bondarin, who led the postshow conversation with Tepper.
"I think I am a theater historian because of Merrily," Tepper told the audience members who stayed for the Q&A following the May 16 matinee, "because I wanted to be a Merrily historian." Tepper got the name for 54 Below's concert series saluting short-lived musicals, If It Only Even Runs a Minute, from a Merrily We Roll Along lyric. And, she noted, "I was Mary Flynn for Halloween one year."
Bondarin also has a longtime love of the show, dating back to when she served as ASM on a college production of it. Merrily is the first musical she's directed for APAC; her first show as artistic director of the Queens company was last fall's world premiere of the drama In the Bones.
Merrily We Roll Along photos by Michael Dekker; all other photos by Adrienne Onofri