The Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along will recommence at the Hayes Theatre Co on Thursday 21 October 2021.
A thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success, Merrily We Roll Along played its first preview in June before shuttering due to the Covid 19 lockdown in Sydney.
Resuming their lead roles will be Elise McCann (Matilda, Everybody Loves Lucy) as Mary Flynn, Ainsley Melham (Aladdin, Pippin) as Charley, and Andrew Coshan (Jersey Boys, MTC’s A View from the Bridge) as Franklin Shepard.
Completing the cast are Georgina Hopson (Ragtime, West Side Story) as Gussie, Aaron Tsindos (Muriel’s Wedding, Shakespeare In Love) playing Joe, Tiarne Sue Yek as Beth, Evan Lever (Anything Goes, Muriel’s Wedding) playing Jerome, and Vidya Makan (Six, American Idiot) in the roles of KT and Meg.
The creative team is led by the award winning team that gave the Hayes’ Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, director Dean Bryant, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth and musical director Andrew Worboys.
They are joined by set designer Jeremy Allen, costume designer Mel Liertz, lighting designer Veronique Bennett and sound designer Dave Bergman.
“After the 2020 postponement, the Merrily team were exhilarated to finally be in rehearsal. To go into lockdown after a single preview was a devastating blow,” said director Dean Bryant.
“That’s when every person working on the show stepped up and held onto each other, and the hope of returning to the Hayes stage.”
“The bond between this team has grown so strong over the last 17 weeks of zoom rehearsals, trivia nights, birthday gifts and helping each other through this dark time.”
“It is astonishing to be able to announce that the entire magnificent cast will return, 119 days later, to continue previews on Sondheim’s heartbreaking piece about friendship,” said Bryant.
Merrily We Roll Along is the heartbreaker of Sondheim musicals, looking at how the best of friends lose their way as they fight to win at life. It follows a trio of friends – composer Franklin Shepard, his writing partner lyricist Charley Kringas and upcoming novelist Mary Flynn.
The three are primed to change the world through words and music, however success has a way of opening doors that take them further away from what – and who – they love.
Famously told in reverse, Merrily We Roll Along is an emotional detective story that investigates how grown-up sellouts are forged from wide-eyed poets.
Merrily We Roll Along brilliantly blends the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. It’s a show that crackles with the wit, humour and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City.
With a brilliant “Broadway-style” score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavour, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
“We knew we had something special after the first preview of Merrily We Roll Along and we’re thrilled that audiences will finally get to experience one of the most moving and heartfelt musicals we’ve ever produced,” said General Manager of Hayes Theatre Co, Will Harvey.
“We’ve all missed live performance so much, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate being back in theatres than being transported by the captivating score and electrifying performances of our exceptional cast.”
Director: Dean Bryant | Featuring: Andrew Coshan, Georgina Hopson, Evan Lever, Vidya Makan, Elise McCann, Ainsley Melham, Tiarne Sue Yek, Aaron Tsindos | Choreographer: Andrew Hallsworth | Musical Director: Andrew Worboys | Set Designer: Jeremy Allen | Costume Designer: Mel Liertz | Lighting Designer: Veronique Bennett | Sound Designer: Dave Bergman | Stage Manager: Daniel Cottier
Merrily We Roll Along
Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point
Season: 21 October – 27 November 2021
Information and Bookings: www.hayestheatre.com.au
Image: Ainsley Melham, Andrew Coshan and Elise McCann – photo by Peter Brew Bevan