The iconic 1981 musical by legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is being boldly brought to life through a staged concert production in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Merrily We Roll Along moves backwards in time, exploring the life of three friends from their disenchanted adulthood to the bright-eyed optimism of their youth, exploring all the choices they made along the way. The production will feature a full 15-piece orchestra sharing the stage with the actors.
Director Megumi Nakamura, a Senior in the renowned University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department, is thrilled to be taking on the challenging musical, saying,
“For any student or enthusiast of musical theater, getting to work on a musical written by Stephen Sondheim is both a daunting and exhilarating experience. The music and story of this play are beautiful and widely relatable, but because of what some label as a challenging script, the show is seldom produced. Consequently, getting the opportunity to direct this show with some of the best young musical theater actors and designers in the country is an enormously thrilling and unique opportunity.”