APAC Sets Cast for Upcoming Production of Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

The Award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), will be presenting Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The musical will be choreographed by Misha Shields, musical directed by Ming Aldrich-Gan and directed by APAC's Artistic Director Dev Bondarin. The musical begins on Thursday, April 30, 2015 and continues through Saturday, May 23, 2015. APAC's performance venue is located at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@ 30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens.

What if you could move backwards through time and see how your choices charted your path to the present moment? With an exciting score, humor, idealism, and insight, Merrily We Roll Along starts at the end and ends at the beginning. We see snapshots of twenty years in the lives of Franklin Shepard and his close friends and ponder the show's central question: "How did you get to be here?"

The production stars Alex Akin (Fancy Nancy; Vital Theatre Company) as Dory, Ally Bonino (Myths and Hymns; Prospect Theater Company, Pregnancy Pact; NAMT) as Mary, Joe Bowen* (Richard II & Cyrano De Bergerac; Playmakers Rep) as Mr. Spencer, LilyAnn Carlson* (Nat'l Tour: Elf The Musical) as Gussie, Joanna Carpenter (Cirque Dreams Holidze NT, Sunfish; World Premiere @ DIMF Festival, South Korea) as KT, Christopher Darrin (Allegro; APAC, A Christmas Story; The John W. Engeman Theater) as Frank Jr.,Audrey Heffernan Meyer*(Oliver!; Gallery Players, Damn Yankees & The Sound of Music; TriArts Sharon Playhouse) as Mrs. Spencer, Luke Hoback* (Henry and Mudge; TheatreWorks USA, Next to Normal, Gallery Players) as Tyler, Greg Horton* (2 time IT Award Winner, With Glee; Prospect Theater Company, Candide; Theater 2020) as Joe, Kevin Ray Johnson (Love Note; The Actors Temple Theatre) as Bunker, Jack Mosbacher* (Sweeny Todd; TheatreWorks) as Frank, Jay Paranada* (Skippyjon Jones & Junie B. Jones; TheatreWorks USA, Little Mary Sunshine; Musicals Tonight) as Scotty, Nicholas Park* (Bedbugs!; Off-B'way, Tick Tick Boom; American Theatre Group) as Charley, Jason Pintar (Nat'l tour Titanic, Oliver!; Papermill, Blood Brothers & The Secret Garden; APAC) as RU, Rachel Rhodes-Devey* (Nat'l tour South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), White Christmas, Most Happy Fella; City Center Encores, The Human Comedy & Children of Eden; APAC) as Beth, Anne Wechsler (Smile; Tisch, Up Here workshop; La Jolla Playhouse) as Meg, and Matt Welsh (Oklohomo: The Adventures of Dave & Gary; NYMF) as Jerome. *Performing courtesy of actor's equity. AEA approved showcase.

The production features scenic design by Andrea Nice, costume design by Jennifer Jacob, and lighting design by Jesse Sheldon. Arielle Edwards is the sound designer, Katie White is the prop designer and Kat Meister is the production stage manager.

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