Merrily We Roll Along Wins Best Revival of a Musical at 2024 Tony Awards | Playbill

Tony Awards Merrily We Roll Along Wins Best Revival of a Musical at 2024 Tony Awards

The Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical has become a breakaway hit, overcoming an infamously short-lived original production.

Reg Rogers, Katie Rose Clarke, Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, and Lindsay Mendez in Merrily We Roll Along Matthew Murphy

They're a hit! The Maria Friedman-helmed revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical Merrily We Roll Along has won the 2024 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The award marks the culmination of Merrily We Roll Along's remarkable comeback story, from an infamously short-lived original production to a revival that's the hottest ticket in town. While the original Broadway production of Merrily only ran for 16 performances and 44 previews, this revival is proving that there was a "Good Thing Going" at the center of the story. The original Broadway production of Merrily received a single Tony nomination for Best Original Score, losing out to Maury Yeston's Nine.

"There was a line that flew out on opening night to me from the show, which is, 'Musicals are popular. They're a great way of stating important ideas—ideas that can really change the world. Make a difference.' And then Frank turns to Charley and says, 'Charley, we can change the world,'" Maria Friedman shared from the stage accepting the honor. "Well, Steve and George, Merrily is popular."

This revival has now won three 2024 Tony Awards, also including Best Orchestrations for Jonathan Groff and Featured Actor in a Musical for Daniel Radcliffe. The production could pick up another win with the still upcoming Leading Actor in a Musical category, in which Jonathan Groff is a nominee.

Watch: An Oral History of Merrily We Roll Along's Journey From Flop to Tony-Nominated Hit

This revival of Merrily We Roll Along opened October 10, 2023, at the Hudson Theatre, where it will continue through July 7. Directed by Olivier winner Friedman, the work features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Furth.

The revival stars Daniel Radcliffe as Charley Kringas, Jonathan Groff as Franklin Shepard, and Lindsay Mendez as Mary Flynn. The trio are all reprising their performances from the production's sold-out 2022 Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop, along with Krystal Joy Brown as Gussie Carnegie, Katie Rose Clarke as Beth Shepard, and Reg Rogers as Joe Josephson. Max Rackenberg, Rocco Van Auken, and Brady Wagner share the role of Frank Jr.

The company also includes Sherz Aletaha, Maya Boyd, Leana Rae Concepcion, Ken Krugman, Corey Mach, Talia Simone Robinson, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Brian Sears, Evan Alexander Smith, Christian Strange, Vishal Vaidya, Natalie Wachen, and Jacob Keith Watson. Rounding out the company as swings are Morgan Kirner, Amanda Rose, and Koray Tarhan. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger.

Based on the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play of the same name, Merrily We Roll Along tracks the lives of three friends navigating the entertainment industry over three decades in reverse chronological order. Sondheim's score includes such songs as "Old Friends," "Now You Know," "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Good Thing Going," and "Not a Day Goes By." A revival cast recording was released January 12.

READ: Hey, Old Friend: Lindsay Mendez Returns to Broadway With Merrily We Roll Along

The production features choreography by Tim Jackson and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Scenic and costume design are by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Kai Harada, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, music supervision by Catherine Jayes, music direction by Joel Fram, associate music supervision by Alvin Hough, Jr., and music coordination by Kristy Norter.

Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Patrick Catullo, and Jeff Romley lead the revival's producing team.

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