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Merrily We Roll Along - 2016 - Los Angeles

With music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along tells the powerful and moving story of a composer's idealism and friendships, corrupted by success, in an emotionally charged journey through the lives of three friends. Told backwards, this rarely-staged musical begins with the disillusioned present, travelling in time throughout seven different periods, and ending with the friends' optimistic early years. Based on the Kaufman and Hart play, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Sondheim's most beautiful and at times haunting songs including, "Good Thing Going," "Our Time," "Old Friends" and "Not a Day Goes By." Initially presented on Broadway in 1981, it ran for 52 previews and only 16 performances before quickly closing. That production is now the subject of a new documentary film, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened opening in theaters in November.

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Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

(Beverly Hills, CA)
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Merrily We Roll Along Los Angeles Cast



 

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by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Sep 9, 2021
Seth and James will be joined by Jim Walton, Lonny Price, Ann Morrison, and Jason Alexander to reminisce and raise money for The Actors Fund, which already includes a $2,500 matching donation from The Angie Torres Charitable Trust.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Sep 3, 2021
Our student bloggers write about how they're coping with the current global health crisis, give insight on their school's performing arts programs, share their opinions on the latest theater news, and so much more. Returning to the theater on Broadway and at college, parody musicals for orientation, and more-- read the latest from our college student bloggers!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 3, 2021
Next month, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by Stage Tube - Sep 25, 2021
Liz Callaway has posted a new cover from her car, this time singing 'Stars and the Moon' from Songs For a New World! 
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 24, 2021
The Ringwald Theatre has announced their return to live theatre AND their return to Ferndale! After a long, long intermission, the ragtag group of innovative, campy, and just plain talented folx at The Ringwald will pick up their decade and a half of making theatre in Ferndale and continue-albeit in a new location.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2021
Over 90 concerts in uniquely curated series, including Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage and TD Jazz Concerts: Jazz From Around the World to piano, vocal, chamber, and string concerts, featuring the world's top musicians, are planned for 2021.22.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 19, 2021
In our new series, 'Where Are They Now?' we're taking a look back at some of our favorite original Broadway casts, and catching up with their careers! Next up, the original cast of Dear Evan Hansen!
by Team BWW - Sep 17, 2021
Broadway lovers had reason to rejoice this week when the industry's most beloved composer, Stephen Sondheim, announced that he has a new musical in the works. What do we know so far about the project? Let's review!
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2021
Stephen Sondheim appeared as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night! Sondheim and Colbert have history, as Colbert starred in the 2011 production of Sondheim's musical, Company.
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2021
Ben Platt appeared on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show yesterday to promote the film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen.
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 11, 2021
What is a Broadway musical without a big, bold, belty closing number? Whether it's delivered as a last stand from the main character or a harmonious reprise from the full cast, musical finales have a reputation for  being some of the best songs in the musical theatre canon, so today, we're skipping right to the end.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 11, 2021
Stephen Sondheim is coming to The Late Show! The Broadway legend will sit down with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, September 15.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 7, 2021
After more than a year of being shuttered, Theatre By The Sea has announced the return of live entertainment. 
by Stephi Wild - Jun 30, 2021
Learn more about all of the affected productions, as a lockdown is now being enforced in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 21, 2021
Sometimes a young artist makes a big impression on an ornery arts reviewer first time out of the box. Today’s subject Adelina Mitchell did just that to me and my wife a few years ago. More on that later on in the column. Now you can see her incredible talents for yourselves from the comfort of your own home Constellation Theatre Company’s streaming presentation of The Last Five Years. The production is available from June 22nd through July 11th.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 20, 2021
The role of Ella (Cinderella), a strong and intelligent young woman who dreams of escaping her endless chores so she might see the world, will be played by rising musical theatre star Shubshri Kandiah.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2021
After what will be a 23-month intermission, The Muny's 103rd season will open with the Muny premiere of Smokey Joe's Cafe, followed by The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, On Your Feet! and Chicago.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2021
The 1 hour 40 minute production showcases Sondheim music from 'Sunday in the Park with George,' 'Merrily We Roll Along,' 'Follies,' 'Into the Woods,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Company,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Assassins,' 'Anyone Can Whistle,' 'The Frogs,' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' 'Dick Tracy,' and 'Do I Hear a Waltz?'
by Stephi Wild - Jul 30, 2021
Frozen is set to open at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 8 September 2021, with previews from 27 August, and is now booking until 3 April 2022.
by Team BWW - Jul 29, 2021
Feinstein’s/54 Below is pleased to announce that it will begin streaming its programming on an ongoing basis. “Live from Feinstein’s/54 Below” will feature LIVE performances of current shows on the calendar, streamed directly from Broadway’s Living Room.
by Ricky Pope - Jul 26, 2021
Before the end of the first song, there was thunderous applause at the return of SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED to 54 Below after having been absent, in fact, all of last year. For those of you, like me, who have never been to a SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED show, it is the creation of impresario Phil Geoffrey Bond. It is a simple concept. It is a monthly event at which he gathers a group of guest stars who sing songs by Stephen Sondheim, accompanied only by a piano. The entire evening is hosted and curated by Mr. Bond who also provides tidbits of history and trivia about the songs we are hearing. The series is in its eleventh season. Tonight’s show was number 93.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 26, 2021
The season includes Well Made @ The Playground – a mini-season of new theatre, opera, and contemporary dance from developing artists – and Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act, a play with music and dance that chronicles the untold story of dance’s Forgotten Diva. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 26, 2021
Frozen is set to open at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 8 September 2021, with previews from 27 August, and is now booking until 3 April 2022. With music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and book by Jennifer Lee, Frozen is directed by Michael Grandage.
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 24, 2021
Which Broadway overtures stand out as ovation-worthy? Below, BroadwayWorld has gathered 50 of our favorites, from classics like Carousel and My Fair Lady, to modern musicals like Urinetown and The Drowsy Chaperone.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 23, 2021
The production is led by Gina Beck (Matilda, Show Boat, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera) as Nellie*, Julian Ovenden (Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, BBC Proms) as Emile, Joanna Ampil (Cats, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) as Bloody Mary, Keir Charles (Quiz, Back To Life) as Luther Billis and Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, The Light in the Piazza) as Cable. 
by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2021
On July 31, join Tony nominated Broadway favorite, Liz Callaway, up close and personal for an evening of beloved songs from Broadway (Cats, Baby), pop, and film (Anastasia) with award-winning Alex Rybeck at the piano.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 21, 2021
Melbourne based New Zealand composer/lyricist Luke Di Somma has released his debut album - SONGS FOR MY FRIENDS.
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 2, 2021
Working Girl Records announced today that Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway has released her latest single “Be a Lion” on Friday, July 2, 2021, on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music. The song is also available for downloading at her website, https://lizcallaway.com
by TV News Desk - Jul 16, 2021
Watch a new visualizer for the single, which follows the recent release of Platt’s summer hit single, “Imagine.”
by Ricky Pope - Aug 9, 2021
Somewhere in the middle of her show COMIN’ AROUND AGAIN, which opened tonight at 54 Below, Liz Callaway casually mentioned that this year Merrily We Roll Along will celebrate its 40th anniversary. How is it possible that Liz Callaway (Baby, Cats, Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, The Look of Love) has been entertaining Broadway audiences for 40 years? Her voice is as fresh and supple as it was all those years ago. She has always had a remarkable instrument, always squarely in the center of the pitch, with perfect diction. She has the ability to belt and still sound like she’s just talking. She has amazing technique that never calls attention to itself. It is a voice you never grow tired of listening to.
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 9, 2021
This week (August 9-15) in live streaming: Liz Callaway in concert, Laura Michelle Kelly teaches a master class, Next on Stage: Dance Edition Season 2 continues with the Top 3, and so much more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 9, 2021
This week, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 7, 2021
The great creators of Broadway musicals know how best to wrap up an act- with a show-stopping finale. Some of the most memorable tunes in the musical theatre canon happen just before intermission, leaving an impression that sparks interest and anticipation for the show's conclusion.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 5, 2021
Feinstein’s/54 Below has announced that Liz Callaway will be joined by special guest Christy Altomare in her streaming show Comin’ Around Again Monday, August 9 at 7pm ET. Christy Altomare and Liz Callaway previously collaborated on a duet of “Journey To The Past” from Anastasia, in which both actresses have portrayed the title role.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 31, 2021
The award winning musical, book & lyrics by James Feinberg and music by Matthew Dylan Rose, is set to make its New York return, led by  Ben Steinfeld (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Merrily We Roll Along), Ben Roseberry (The Lion King), and singer-songwriter Lizzy McAlpine in her New York theatre debut.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 31, 2021
Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, today revealed details of the diverse concerts that will make up the 13th concert season at The Royal Conservatory of Music.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 30, 2021
The New York Youth Symphony Musical Theater Songwriting Program (NYYS) and Director Anna K. Jacobs have announced the 2021/2022 Season. Heading into its fourth season the NYYS Musical Theater Songwriting program is specially designed to lead students through a range of musical theater songwriting processes. 
by Stephi Wild - Aug 29, 2021
This show marks a follow-up to Clivio's successful An Evening with Serge Clivio ...(and Friends)! that premiered at Feinstein's/54 Below in 2019. Serge and Friends is centered around Clivio's upbringing through music of different genres. This specific installment will include some selections off of his debut EP, YOU, which is set to be released on October 8th.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 27, 2021
Tickets are on sale now for GRAMMY®, TONY®, and Emmy® Award-winning recording artist/songwriter BEN PLATT’s highly anticipated “REVERIE TOUR.” “The Reverie Tour” is set to kick off February 23, 2022, in Orlando, FL, and will culminate with the tour finale on April 8, 2022, at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 27, 2021
His biggest North American headline tour thus far, “The Reverie Tour” is set to kick off February 23, 2022, in Orlando, FL, will hit St. Louis' Fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, and will culminate with the tour finale on April 8, 2022, at Los Angeles' legendary Hollywood Bowl.
by Student Blogger: Zac Denver Lee - Aug 26, 2021
Inspired by the UMich MT senior entrance presentation, my class decided to make our own version. Including music from Merrily We Roll Along, Hairspray, Heathers and Wicked, I’ll share my experience putting it together, and read on to watch the video!
by Nuria Pedret - Aug 19, 2021
Con motivo de los estrenos de COMPANY, GOLFUS DE ROMA la próxima temporada, repasamos los musicales de Stephen Sondheim que han tenido lugar en España
by Stephi Wild - Aug 19, 2021
A rousing celebration of the return of live music for live audiences, this show will feature beloved songs by Stephen Sondheim, Maltby & Shire, Stephen Schwartz, Carly Simon, and much more. 
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2021
Platt marked the arrival of REVERIE with his biggest North American headline tour to date, set to kick off February 23, 2022 at Orlando’s Amway Center culminating with the tour finale on April 8, 2022 at Los Angeles’s legendary Hollywood Bowl.
by Ricky Pope - Aug 15, 2021
Travis Moser, a full-throated musical theatre baritone, sings five songs mostly from the first half of Sondheim's career. He is joined by his longtime musical director Drew Wutke, who has created stripped-down piano-only versions of the songs. Recorded about 6 months into the pandemic, Moser has used his mini song cycle to react to the pandemic from his own point of view using Sondheim's words. The aim was to record the songs just as Sondheim wrote them, without new arrangements and without altering pronouns or genders. It is clear Travis Moser holds Sondheim in great regard and has presented his songs quite faithfully.
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 14, 2021
Intermission is over and a whole 15 minutes has passed since the end of the first act. How best can a musical lure you back in? With a show-stopping Act 2 opener, of course!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 13, 2021
GRAMMY®, TONY®, and Emmy® Award-winning recording artist and songwriter BEN PLATT today announced his biggest North American headline tour thus far, set to kick off February 23, 2022, at Orlando, FL’s Amway Centerand will culminate with the tour finale on April 8, 2022, at Los Angeles’ legendary Hollywood Bowl.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 11, 2021
The upcoming Broadway revival, directed by Michael Mayer, will come to Broadway in spring 2022, at a theatre to be announced. Read more about all we know so far here!
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 11, 2021
As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, Funny Girl has found its Fanny! Golden Globe Award nominee Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart; Hello, Dolly!) will star as 'Fanny Brice' in the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl. How do you know the new Miss Brice? Let's review some of her career highlights!