Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the next mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Merrily We Roll Along, January 26 - March 11, 2018, 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.

The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (March 4 and March 11) and 6 p.m. (February 4, February 11, February 18 and February 25) with a weekday matinee Thursday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. There is no 4 p.m. performance Saturday, Feb. 3 and no 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 8. Tickets are $33 - $60 and are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office, 773.777.9884.

Set over two decades of friendship and business, the landmark musical Merrily We Roll Along charts the highs and lows of a relationship among three very close friends. Starting from adulthood and traveling back in time to the idealistic intentions of youth, this powerful and emotionally moving story of looking at your life from the vantage point of having lived it features some of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs including "Good Thing Going," "Not a Day Goes By" and "Old Friends."

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), Katherine Condit (Scotty), Christopher Davis (Terry), Andres Enriquez (Tyler), Frederick Harris (Jerome), Michelle Jasso (K.T.), Bernell Lassai (Bunker / TV Newsman), Cisco Lopez (Floor Monitor / Minister), Alana Lovely (Meg / TV Newswoman), Liz Norton (Mrs. Spencer), Khaki Pixley (Dory / Girl Auditioning), Jonathan Stombres (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).

Photography by Austin Packard.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
(L to R) Director Michael Weber, Music Director Aaron Benham and Associate Director Christopher Pazdernik at the Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Porchlight Music Theatre

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
(L to R, top) Actors Liz Norton, Larry Baldacci, Christopher Davis, Bernell Lassai III, Kyrie Anderson, (bottom) Zachary Scott Fewkes and Alanna Lovely at the Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Porchlight Music Theatre

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
(L to R) Actors Jim DeSelm, Neala Barron and Matt Crowle at the Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Porchlight Music Theatre

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
(L to R) Actors Katherine Condit, Frederick Harris, Liz Norton, Jonathan Stombres and Bernell Lassai III at the Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Porchlight Music Theatre

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
(L to R) Actors Matt Crowle, David Fiorello, Keely Vasquez, Jim DeSelm, Neala Barron and Aja Wiltshire at the Opening Night of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Porchlight Music Theatre

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