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Merrily We Roll Along is a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and a musical loosely based on it by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. The original play opened on Broadway on September 29, 1934 and dealt with a character who has moved from being an idealist in his youth to losing those ideals as he reaches middle age. What made the play unusual was that the action of the play moved backward in time, so that the first scene was the last to take place chronologically, and the last scene was the earliest to occur.


Sondheim and Furth took the basic structure and overall theme of the original play, but updated it to the years from 1955 to 1980. It now concerned a man named Franklin Shepard who is in 1980 a successful film producer but who made his name as a composer of Broadway musicals and who has become cynical and jaded, losing his friends, including his longtime collaborator, Charley Kringas. We go backwards through his life and see how Frank has become the man he is now.


The musical Merrily We Roll Along had a troubled preview period, opened on Broadway on November 16, 1981 and ran for only 16 performances. There have been several attempts at revising the show, some of them more successful than others, and several of its songs have become favorites, including "Not a Day Goes By" and "Good Thing Going."


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Merrily We Roll Along - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (337 words)
Merrily We Roll Along is a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and a musical loosely based on it by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth.
The musical Merrily We Roll Along had a troubled preview period, marred by several critical reviews published prior to the official Broadway opening on November 16, 1981.
For a legendary "flop" show, Merrily We Roll Along has the unusual distinction of having three cast recordings: the original Broadway cast, York Theatre cast, and Leicester Haymarket cast recordings are all available on CD.
ARTSEDGE: Celebrating Sondheim (868 words)
Merrily We Roll Along was based on George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1934 play of the same title, which itself was an unwieldy and unsuccessful attempt to break new ground.
Prince fixed on Merrily to serve as his "youth" show, fashioning the material to suit actors at the young end of the twenty-year age spectrum.
Merrily We Roll Along has come full circle, revealing itself as a provocative modern-day musical of enormous strength, intricate theatricality, and—in Sondheim's soaring melodies—great beauty.
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