Saturday, June 15, 2024

Broadway: Sondheim’s “Merrily” Will Roll Along Next Fall, Skipping 2023 Tony Awards


There will not be a Sondheim vs. Sondheim cage match at the 2023 Tony Awards, after all.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Merry We’ll Roll Along” will come to Broadway next fall after a sold out run at the New York Theater Workshop. If it had opened this spring, it would have wound up in the same category as the acclaimed revival of “Into the Woods,” which is wrapping up its own run next month.

As it is, “Merrily” would also be up against a coming mega production of “Sweeney Todd,” with Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, opening also in March-April.

Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame stars in this version along with Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, and Reg Rogers. Maria Friedman is the director. The show has been a runaway hit, totally sold out in its downtown version. “Merrily” has always been a cult Sondheim show, and features the composer’s great song, “Not a Day Goes By,” which was made popular by Carly Simon on her “Torch” album.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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