The School’s first production of the musical since giving its 1983 European premiere
Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the book by George Furth.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 July at 7.30pm and 5 & 8 July at 2pm, Silk Street Theatre
Martin Connor director
Steven Edis musical director
Ewan Jones choreographer
Adam Wiltshire designer
James Smith lighting designer
Charlie Smith sound designer
Chris Ma associate musical director
Cast: Jordan Angell (Jerome); Nick Apostolina (Joe Josephson); Brandon Ashford (Terry); Declan Baxter (Hank/Mr Spencer); Isabella Brownson (Gussie Carnegie); Chloe Caemmerer (Dory/Mrs Spencer); Harvey Cole (Bunker); Elena Faverio (Scotty); Lydia Fleming (Meg Kincaid); Poppy Gilbert (Jeanie/TV Newscaster); Dominic Gilday (Pete); Oli Higginson (Franklin Shepard); Uri Levy (Ru); Mirren Mack (Joanne); Wyatt Martin (Tyler); Matthew Nikitow (Chuck/Photographer); Joe Partridge (Luke); Joseph Potter (Charley Kringas); Naomi Preston-Low (Susie); Julia Randall (Mary Flynn); Erica Nicole Rothman (Beth Spencer); Kalungi Ssebandeke (Slim/TV Newscaster); Laurel Waghorn (K.T.)
Guildhall School is delighted to present Merrily We Roll Along as its 2019 summer musical, the School’s first production of the musical since giving its 1983 European premiere. The production opens on 2 July for 10 performances with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the book by George Furth. Martin Connor directs alongside musical direction by Steven Edis and choreography by Ewan Jones. The creative team is completed by designer Adam Wiltshire, lighting designer James Smith and sound designer Charlie Smith.
Based on George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s classic 1934 play, Merrily We Roll Along is the story of three lifelong friends in reverse chronology, with the clock ticking backwards from 1976 to 1957. Set in New York, a successful but disillusioned composer and his two estranged friends experience the highs and lows of friendship, compromise and the high price of success. Sondheim’s brilliantly melodic score coupled with his sharp and piquant observations of human frailty makes for a witty and poignant story about the importance of staying true to one’s hopes and aspirations.
This is Guildhall’s second production of Merrily We Roll Along, having given the European Premiere of the musical at the School on 28 March 1983 and subsequently at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre from 11–19 May 1983.