Casting is set for the Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along. The production, starring previously announced Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Donnell and Celia Keenan-Bolger, will run at New York City Center February 8-19, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George).
Joining the trio of stars are Adam Grupper, Zachary Unger, Whit Baldwin, Rachel Coloff, Ben Crawford, Joshua Dela Cruz, Bernard Dotson, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Marja Harmon, Leah Horowitz, Mylinda Hull, Michael X. Martin, Sean McKnight, Kenita R. Miller, Patricia Noonan, Andrew Samonsky, Pearl Sun, Charlie Sutton, Jessica Vosk, Karl Warden and Michael Winther. The cast also includes previously announced players Betsy Wolfe and Elizabeth Stanley.
Merrily We Roll Along has grown in reputation since its aborted 1981 Broadway debut production, which ran for only 16 performances. Moving backwards in time from 1980 to 1955, it examines the lives of three people whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate.
The Encores! production will be based on Furth and Sondheim's rewrite of the show for La Jolla Playhouse in 1985, with elements of the 1990 Leicester, England production and a subsequent York Theatre production in 1994 incorporated.