Stephen Sondheim and Encores! Merrily Cast to Appear at Barnes and Noble
By Adam Hetrick
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and the cast of the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along will celebrate the new PS Classics two-disc album of the musical with a July 10 appearance at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble book store.
The 4 PM signing will take place at the Lexington Avenue and 86th Street location. A listening party will begin at 3 PM. Currently confirmed to appear are Sondheim, Tony-winning orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Grupper, Betsy Wolfe and Elizabeth Stanley.
As previously reported, the new concert cast recording of Merrily We Roll Along will be in stores July 10. The recording features new orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and is the only album to include all the changes that Sondheim and librettist George Furth made in the decades following Merrily's initial 1981 Broadway run. It's also the first time that the post-1981 material is fully orchestrated for a large Broadway-style orchestra (Tunick did the original orchestrations, too).
The City Center Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along was headed by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) as lyricist Charley Kringas, Colin Donnell (Anything Goes) as songwriter Franklin Shepard, Celia Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as magazine writer Mary Flynn, Betsy Wolfe (Tales of the City, Everyday Rapture) as Franklin's wife Beth, Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet) as Gussie Carnegie (the star of Franklin and Charley's first Broadway hit), Adam Grupper as producer Joe Josephson and Zachary Unger as Frank Jr.
The album is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker, with label co-founder Philip Chaffin and Sean Patrick Flahaven serving as executive producers.
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