PHOTO CALL: Original Merrily We Roll Along Cast and Stephen Sondheim Join Current City Center Encores! Cast Onstage
By Joseph Marzullo
Members of the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along reunited — with composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim — during the curtain call of the Feb. 14 performance of the current City Center Encores! production of that musical.
Original cast members Mana Allen, Donna Marie Asbury, James Bonkovsky, David Cady, Liz Callaway, Daisy Prince Chaplin, Terry Finn, Paul Hyams, David Loud, Marc Moritz, Ann Morrison, Abby Pogrebin, Lonny Price, Forest D. Ray, Janie Scott, Tom Shea, David Shine, Gary Stevens, Jim Walton and Maryrose Wood met at City Center in the afternoon for a reception with the City Center Encores! cast before attending the evening performance.
At the end of the performance, both casts sang a verse of "Old Friends."
Here are the photos from the curtain call reunion.
The Encores! production features Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Stanley, Betsy Wolfe, Adam Grupper and Zachary Unger.
Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, is a musical about "friendship and the compromise of youthful ideals, based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The show moves backwards in time from 1980 to 1955 and examines the lives of three people whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate. It charts the rise of a songwriting team during the years of Sondheim’s own early career," according to press notes.
Merrily We Roll Along runs through Feb. 19.
To read the recent feature about the upcoming documentary about the original cast of Merrily, click here.
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