THE SCREENING ROOM: Stephen Sondheim – The Love Songs (Video)

By Playbill Staff
14 Feb 2014

Performed twice in the 1981 reverse-ordered musical Merrily We Roll Along, "Not a Day Goes By" is, at first pass, a song of rue and longing performed by Beth during her divorce proceedings from Franklin Shepard, and later, as we see the couple at their wedding, a song of hope and promise, while the lovelorn Mary looks on.

Bernadette Peters offers the "torch" version:

A look at the London revival, as "Not a Day Goes By" is performed during the marriage vows of Franklin and Beth: