Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Porchlight's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the next mainstage production in its 2017 - 2018 season - Merrily We Roll Along - running January 26 - March 11, 2018, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, with direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, associate direction and musical staging by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham, at Porchlght's home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the play by the same name written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below!

The cast of Merrily We Roll Along includes Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Matt Crowle (Charley Kringas), Jim DeSelm (Franklin Shephard), Neala Barron (Mary Flynn), Keely Vasquez (Gussie Carnegie), David Fiorello (Joe Josephson), Aja Wiltshire (Beth), and ensemble including Kyrie Anderson (Make-up Artist), Larry Baldacci (Mr. Spencer), Sandra Bogan (Mrs. Spencer), Katherine Condit (Scotty), Christopher Davis (Terry), Andres Enriquez (Tyler), Fredrick Harris (Jerome), Michelle Jasso (K.T.), Bernell Lassai (Bunker / TV Newsman), Cisco Lopez (Floor Monitor / Minister), Alana Lovely (Meg / TV Newswoman), Khaki Pixley (Dory / Girl Auditioning), Jonathan Strombres (Ru/ Nightclub Pianist) and Zachary Fewkes and Asher Schenk alternating the role of Franklin Shepard, Jr.

Musicians for Merrily We Roll Along include Tony Scandora (percussion), Ben Dillinger (bass), Mike Matlock (reeds #1: flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax), Lara Regan (reeds #2: clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet), Jered Montgomery (trumpet) and Matt Kowalski (trombone).

Members of the creative/production team of Merrily We Roll Along include Michael Weber (director), Christopher Pazdernik (associate director/musical staging), Aaron Benham (music Director, conductor, pianist), Bill Morey (costume designer), Tony Churchill (projection designer), Jeff Kmiec (co-scenic designer), Greg Pinsoneault (co-scenic designer), Robert Hornbostel (sound designer), Rachel West (master electrician), Alex Rhyan (production manager), Johnnie Schleyer (technical director) and Matt McMullen (stage manager).

Tickets are $33 - $60 and are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office, 773.777.9884.

Photo Credit: Michael Courier

high res photos

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Porchlight's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Jim DeSelm as Franklin Shephard, Matt Crowle as Charley Kringas and Neala Barron as Mary Flynn

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Porchlight's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Neala Barron as Mary Flynn, Jim DeSelm as Franklin Shephard and Matt Crowle as Charley Kringas

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Porchlight's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Matt Crowle as Charley Kringas

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Porchlight's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Neala Barron as Mary Flynn

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Porchlight's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Jim DeSelm as Franklin Shephard



World Premiere of MIA: WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE? to Open at Greenhouse Theater  Photo
MIA: WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE? will be performed at Greenhouse Theater Center. See how to purchase tickets.

League of Chicago Theatres to Host Free, Public Celebration to Kick Off Chicago Theatre We Photo
The League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, will present a celebratory evening of food, drinks, mingling, and performances to launch Chicago Theatre Week 2023. 

Nominations for 2023 Jeff Awards for Non-Equity Theater Announced; See the Full List! Photo
Kicking off the new year, the Joseph Jefferson Awards announced its nominations for theater excellence among Non-Equity theater. See the full list!

AstonRep Theatre Announces 14th Annual WRITERS SERIES Photo
AstonRep Theatre Company has announced its 14th annual Writer's Series, featuring two free staged readings of new works by emerging writers on Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.


More Hot Stories For You


World Premiere of MIA: WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE? to Open at Greenhouse Theater Center in MarchWorld Premiere of MIA: WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE? to Open at Greenhouse Theater Center in March
January 31, 2023

MIA: WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE? will be performed at Greenhouse Theater Center. See how to purchase tickets.

League of Chicago Theatres to Host Free, Public Celebration to Kick Off Chicago Theatre WeekLeague of Chicago Theatres to Host Free, Public Celebration to Kick Off Chicago Theatre Week
January 31, 2023

The League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, will present a celebratory evening of food, drinks, mingling, and performances to launch Chicago Theatre Week 2023. 

Nominations for 2023 Jeff Awards for Non-Equity Theater Announced; See the Full List!Nominations for 2023 Jeff Awards for Non-Equity Theater Announced; See the Full List!
January 31, 2023

Kicking off the new year, the Joseph Jefferson Awards announced its nominations for theater excellence among Non-Equity theater. See the full list!

AstonRep Theatre Announces 14th Annual WRITER'S SERIESAstonRep Theatre Announces 14th Annual WRITER'S SERIES
January 31, 2023

AstonRep Theatre Company has announced its 14th annual Writer's Series, featuring two free staged readings of new works by emerging writers on Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.

Trap Door Theatre Presents the US Premiere of JOAN AND THE FIRE in MarchTrap Door Theatre Presents the US Premiere of JOAN AND THE FIRE in March
January 31, 2023

Trap Door Theatre will continue its 29th season with the US premiere of Joan and the Fire, Matei Vişniec's playful and timely piece about revisionist history's effect on the iconic figure of Joan of Arc. Directed by Nicole Wiesner, Joan and the Fire will play March 9 – April 15, 2023 at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W Cortland St. in Chicago.