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Merrily We Roll Along

March 6, 2013

I loved Maria Friedman’s directoral debut of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Role Along” at the Menier Chocolate Factory. A musical put together with a shoestring budget by West End standards but with the creative collaborative heritage of theatrical aristocracy. Music and Lyrics written by Sondheim for his first production of the show in 1981 and Friedman as a leading lady in the 1992 Leicester Haymarket production have their own personal musicals legacy and a family heritage in music and theatre. 

“Merrily We Roll Along” is based on a 1934 Broadway original play of the same title by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It concerns a man who has lost the idealistic values of his youth. Its innovative structure presents the story in reverse order, with the character regressing from a mournful adult to a young man whose future is filled with promise.

I love Sondheim – the complexity of his lyrics give such depth to his musicals. There is not a Sondheim that I have seen in the West End that I have not enjoyed. This production was delightful with the added dimension of being staged within the intimacy of the Menier. Every aspect of production of this show with a great story and innovative structure underpinning excellent performances was AUTHENTIC musical theatre. Wonderful Evening.

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