Having previously a few productions from Watch This, I was pleased to know this year’s show is Merrily We Roll Along because I don’t really know much about this musical. I do know one thing, Watch This are the first Australia theatre company dedicated to performing the works of composer Stephen Sonheim. Merrily We Roll Along is currently being staged at the Southbank Theatre in Melbourne until 15 July, 2017.
Merrily We Roll Along is a musical with a book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim. Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart in 1934.
The story revolves around Franklin Shepard who was a talented composer of Broadway musicals, but since since abandoned his friends and his songwriting career to become a producer of Hollywood movies. It’s set from 1957 to 1976.
It beings at the height of Franklin’s fame in 1976 and move backwards and to show important moments in his life which made him the man he is.
Starring Lyall Brooks, Nicole Melloy, Nelson Gardner, Adrian Barila, Cristina D’Agostino, Mark Doggett, Keane Fletcher, Laura Greenhalgh, Nicholas Kong, Vidya Makan, Ana Mitsikas, John Reed, Sophie Weiss. Directed by Sara Grenfell and with musical direction by Cameron Thomas.
For further information regarding Merrily We Roll Along and Watch This; visit the website here.