West End's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG to Debut in Cinemas Nationwide, Dec 23

West End's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG to Debut in Cinemas Nationwide, Dec 23

SpectiCast along with CinemaLive and Digital Theatre present the encore presentation of Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed revival of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG from London's West End to American audiences nationwide from Monday, December 23, 2013 through Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Set over three decades in the entertainment business MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG charts the relationship between three close friends Franklin, Mary and Charley. Triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman makes her thrilling directorial debut with this vibrant, full scale production and exceptional cast led by Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley. Travelling Backwards in time, this powerful and moving story features some of Stephen Sondheim's most beautiful songs including 'Good Thing Going', 'Not a Day Goes By' and 'Old Friends'. MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG was captured during the productions final performances at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre.

Last week, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG received the Ned Sheerin Award for Best Musical, beating The Book of Mormon during the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Savoy Hotel. The Award for Best Musical was presented by Hugh Grant. Other guests at the prestigious ceremony included actors Jude Law, Tom Hiddleston, Miranda Hart and Kristin Scott Thomas.

"This production of Merrily We Roll Along is not only the best I've seen, but one of those rare instances where casting, direction and show come together in perfect combination, resulting in the classic ideal of the sum being greater than the parts." - Stephen Sondheim

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is the first production in the series to be distributed to American cinemas as part of a worldwide cinema event. Other countries taking part in the series include Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Russia and Brazil.

With music and lyrics by renowned American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG transferred to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre following a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The production received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history and won the 2012 Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.

Starting in 1980 and travelling Backwards in time, this powerful and moving story features some of Sondheim's most beautiful songs including "Good Thing Going," "Not a Day Goes by" and "Old Friends". Triple Oliver Award-winner Maria Friedman makes a thrilling directorial debut with this vibrant, full-scale production with an exceptional cast led by Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley.

Stephen Sondheim was recently awarded one of the top honours in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement. He has won an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, six Olivier Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oliver Special Award and the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG has been awarded five star reviews by the Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Express, WhatsOnStage, The Public Reviews, Metro, Guardian and the Independent on Sunday.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG was produced in the West End by Chocolate Factory Productions, Neal Street Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Bartner & Norman Tulchin, Debbie Bisno, Scott M. Delman, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Tanya Link.

About SpectiCast: SpectiCast is one of the fastest growing all-digital distribution companies in the world, distributing film, cultural arts events, and alternative content programs to over 1,600 theatrical and non-theatrical venues in 24 countries on six continents. SpectiCast markets and distributes the finest 2D and 3D programs using the industry's most advanced technologies. We distribute programs from some of the world's most prestigious cultural arts organizations including Opera de Paris, The Salzburg Festival, The Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Our fast growing slate of alternative content and, "event cinema," includes classic and modern music events from best-selling artists including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pat Metheny, Andre Rieu, and Jimi Hendrix, as well as world-class theater events including Great Expectations from London's Vaudeville Theatre, Stephen Sondheim's Company, and Phantom of the Opera from The Royal Albert Hall. SpectiCast also distributes some of the best specialty film programs including its "SpooktiCast" horror genre program, the Women's Edge Film Series, the Laugh Out Loud Film Festival, and many other similar programs. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia, PA. www.specticast.com

ABOUT CINEMALIVE: CinemaLive is one of the world's leading producers and distributors of premium Event Cinema for cinemas and big screen venues worldwide. Its parent company, The Shooting Star Picture Company, has been producing high quality concerts and events for over 20 years and has a reputation for quality and global excellence. With offices in the UK and Australia, the CinemaLive subsidiary has quickly become one of the fastest growing theatrical distributors since establishing in 2008. It delivers the very best music, cultural and family entertainment via satellite and hard drive to over 70 countries around the world.

ABOUT DIGITAL THEATRE: Digital Theatre works in partnership with Britain's leading theatre companies to capture live performance authentically onscreen and makes productions available to a worldwide audience in high definition. Visit www.digitaltheatre.com.

Recent Digital Theatre releases include the 2011 Olivier Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The Public Theater later transferred the production to New York's Central Park in the summer of 2012.

Other productions include: the Almeida Theatre's production of King Lear starring Jonathan Pryce, Long Day's Journey into Night starring David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf, Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It, the multi award-winning A Doll's House starring Hattie Morahan for the Young Vic, the West End revival of Jonathan Harvey's seminal Beautiful Thing and Frantic Assembly and Abi Morgan's Lovesong.