“How did you get to be here, Mr Shepard?” Franklin Shepard has made it to the top: a wealthy LA movie producer, he rubs shoulders with Hollywood’s A-list. But he desperately wishes things had turned out differently. Where did his life veer off course?
As it wheels back through the landscape of Franklin’s past, his choices and their consequences, Merrily We Roll Along explores the forces that shape our lives: success and what it costs, friendship and what it can bear, dreams and what they become.
Leading independent music theatre company, Watch This (Assassins, Pacific Overtures) is thrilled to follow its most recent sell-out season of Company with another witty and deeply moving collaboration between Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. Directed by Sara Grenfell, Musical Direction by Cameron Thomas and Choreography by David Wynen, an outstanding ensemble cast is led by Lyall Brooks (A Prudent Man, North by Northwest), Nicole Melloy (Dusty, Loving Repeating), Nelson Gardner (Ned – A New Australian Musical, Beauty & the Beast), Cristina D’Agostino (Matilda – The Musical, Strictly Ballroom – The Musical) and Sophie Weiss (The Full Monty, The Sound of Music).
Merrily We Roll Along marks Watch This’ fifth year of operation and sixth major production, having toured both Assassins and Company regionally. Since bursting onto Melbourne’s theatrical scene, they have accrued an impressive 12 Green Room Award nominations alongside their commercial cousins, with a win for Best Supporting Actor for Adrian Li Donni (Pacific Overtures).
Merrily We Roll Along is based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart/ Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick/ Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince/ Originally produced on Broadway by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer and Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines.
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
News & Reviews
An exceptionally strong piece of theatre… I don’t think I’ve seen a better acted musical since Gale Edwards directed Aspects Of Love.
Strong comic acting… Hilarious stuff.
It’s Sondheim at his most naked, and arguably at his best.
The cast are sublime .. the creative team have likewise done a spectacular job. Watch This have presented a brilliant production of Company.
You should rush out and see Company.
- Suitable for ages 14+