Friday, April 12, 2024

Broadway: “Merrily We Roll Along” Revival Hasn’t Opened Yet But It’s Already Extending Run by 2 Months


Every show hopes for this.

The revival of “Merrily We Roll Along” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez is such a hit, it’s already booked an extension.

“Merrily” was supposed to run from September through January. But it’s all sold out, and people want more! So now the Stephen Sondheim musical will play through March 24, 2024. My guess is they may even stick around longer, since the show is a likely Tony winner next June.

The irony of course is that the original production in 1981 was a huge flop. That show, which included Lonny Prince, Jason Alexander, Giancarlo Esposito, and Daisy Prince, played for just two weeks after 44 previews. It was ahead of its time! But this production gained raves — with people crying — when it was at the New York Theater Workshop last fall. People were battling to get in. And now, everyone will be very merry!

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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