Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along will hit the big screen on October 23. Director Maria Friedman’s award-winning production, which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will be broadcast in movie theaters across the United States for one night only. The first production distributed as part of the West End Theater series, Merrily We Roll Along stars Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Damian Humbley and Josefina Gabrielle. American audiences eager to check out the West End production can find the closest screening here.
Merrily We Roll Along moves backwards in time from 1980 to 1955 and examines the lives of three writers whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate. Popular songs include “Not a Day Goes By,” “Good Thing Going” and “Old Friends.” The Menier production received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history and picked up the London’s Critic’s Theatre Awards for Best Musical and was named by Broadway.com’s Matt Wolf as one of the top five London productions in 2012.
In addition to Russell, Umbers, Humbley and Gabrielle, Merrily features Clare Foster as Beth and Glyn Kerslake as Joe Josephson, as well as Zizi Strallen, Matthew Barrow, Martin Callaghan, Amanda Minihan, Kirk Patterson, Amy Ellen Richardson, Ashley Robinson, Robbie Scotcher, and Joanna Woodward.
Check out Broadway.com's interview with the musical's stars during its initial run at the Menier in the video below.