Wicked Alum Eden Espinosa Tapped for Huntington’s Merrily We Roll Along; 2 London Stars to Reprise Roles

Regional News   Wicked Alum Eden Espinosa Tapped for Huntington’s Merrily We Roll Along; 2 London Stars to Reprise Roles The Maria Friedman-helmed production of the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical plays Boston this fall.
Damian Humbley and Mark Umbers in Merrily We Roll Along, Eden Espinosa
Damian Humbley and Mark Umbers in Merrily We Roll Along , Eden Espinosa

Wicked and Rent star Eden Espinosa will take on the role of Mary Flynn when Maria Friedman's production of Merrily We Roll Along heads to Huntington Theatre Company. Joining her will be Mark Umbers and Damian Humbley, who reprise their performances as Franklin Shepard and Charley Kringas, respectively, from the staging's previous London bow.

Maria Friedman
Maria Friedman

Performances of the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical will run September 8 through October 15 at the Boston theatre.

The 1981 musical marks the third entry in the Huntington's long-term Sondheim initiative; the Tony-winning company intends to stage all 15 musicals featuring music and lyrics by the legendary composer. Merrily We Roll Along follows 2015's A Little Night Music and last year's Sunday in the Park with George.

The production, directed by three-time Olivier winner Maria Friedman and choreographed by Tim Jackson, premiered at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2012 before transferring to the West End the following year to critical acclaim.

Espinosa last appeared on Broadway in Rent, playing the role of Maureen in the final cast. She has also starred as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in the Los Angeles and San Francisco sit-down engagements. Umbers recently starred in the London revival of She Loves Me at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Humbley's additional stage credits include Forbidden Broadway in London and the West End revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

New England favorites Aimee Doherty and Jennifer Ellis will take on the roles of Gussie and Beth, respectively. The cast will also include Christopher Chew as Joe Josephson, Robert Saoud and Amy Barker as Mr. and Mrs. Spencer, Ceit Zweil as Evelyn, and Cameron Levesque and Brendan Cole O'Brien alternating in the role of Frank Jr.

Rounding out the company are Jessica Kundla, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Rebecca Gibel, Pablo Torres, Patrick Varner, Craig Waletzko, Morgan Kirner, Caleb Damschroder, Bransen Gates, and Carla Martinez.

Merrily We Roll Along follows—in reverse chronological order—the careers and complicated friendship between successful composer and producer Frank, his collaborator Charley, and writer Mary.

The production features music direction by Matthew Stern, scenic and costume design by Soutra Gilmour and lighting design by Philip Rosenberg. Emily F. McMullen and Kevin Schlagle serve as production stage manager and stage manager.

Take a look at clips from the West End staging below.


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