Sherman Brothers Working on New Musical Merry-Go-Round
29 Aug 2005
Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, who have shows on both sides of the Atlantic with the hit Mary Poppins in London and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in New York, are working on a new musical called Merry-Go Round, Variety reported.
The show would be a rare Sherman brothers work written directly for the stage. Mary Poppins and Chitty are both drawn from popular movies of the same name. The new title is geared toward adults.
Merry is based on an original story by composer Andy Belling and will be produced by Jack Stein. Paul Butler and Fred Fox Jr. will write the book.
Stein told Variety the musical would possess elements of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol." In the tale, "a father and his grown son get on a merry-go-round that takes them back in time to relive moments from the son's childhood."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.