Completing its 2022-2023 season, Olivier winner Maria Friedman will direct and Tim Jackson will choreograph the musical featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
Friedman first directed the show at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 prior to its transfer to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre, where it won the Olivier for Best Musical. Following its London success, the production had a subsequent 2017 run at Boston's Huntington Theatre.
Told in reverse chronological order, the musical explores the relationships between composer Franklin Shepard and his lifelong friends Charley, a lyricist and playwright; and Mary, a writer, across three decades. The musical features the Sondheim favorites "Old Friends," "Now You Know," "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Good Thing Going," and "Not A Day Goes By."
Merrily We Roll Along marks Radcliffe's first return to Off-Broadway theatre since performing in Privacy at The Public in 2016. His last role on the New York stage was as Jim Fingal in the world premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact on Broadway, in 2018.NYTW's Merrily is presented by special arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions, the Menier Chocolate Factory, and Patrick Catullo.
The musical rounds out the NYTW 2022-2023 season, which has already announced a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, american (tele)visions by Victor I. Cazares, How to Defend Yourself by Liliana Padilla, and The Half-God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams.
Additionally, NYTW has also announced two new cross-season membership packages that offer audiences a special deal for accessing the remaining 2021-2022 season as well as guaranteed access to the 2022-2023 season.
Full cast and additional details will be announced at a later date.
Take a look at Friedman's Merrily We Roll Along during its Boston run: